'We Did Not Abandon Kiki Gyan – Teddy Osei

'We Did Not Abandon Kiki Gyan – Teddy Osei

Teddy Osei, one of the founding members of renowned Ghanaian group, Osibisa, has denied allegations by Kiki Gyan, daughter of the late Kiki Gyan that the group abandoned her father , who was a one-time member of the group.

Daughter of the late Kiki Gyan, Vanessa Gyan disclosed in  an interview with razz newspaper last year that, the Osibisa band members abandoned her father  when he fell sick.

Speaking in an interview  on JoyNews on MultiTV, Teddy Osei, who refuted the reports and noted that the group took care of Kiki, who joined the band at age 18, until his death in 2004.

He revealed that the daughter of Kiki Gyan, didn’t know anything about her father at the time because she was young and living in the United States of America.According to him, the Osibisa band brought up Kiki Gyan to the point that he became the best known pianist in the world.

Teddy, the only surviving member of the group also revealed that the group helped Kiki Gyan and even bought a house for him in London at the age of 18.

“During our time we bought a house for him, a young man of 18 years to have a house in England is no joke.”

He noted that Kiki became quite famous within a short period but that got into his head which eventually drove him into taking drugs. Barely 16 years old when he joined Osibisa, Kiki was among the most talented keyboard players ever to break out of Africa onto the international music scene.

Kiki Gyan died on June 10, 2004 at home from illness associated with his drug abuse.

 

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