The entertainment industry in Ghana, just like around the world, witnessed a number of deaths in 2016. From comedy to film to music, the year saw many veteran entertainers sadly pass away.
Here is a list of all the notable deaths in the year.
Veteran comedian, Bob Okala known in private life as Samuel Kwadwo Buabeng said goodbye to the world in March 2016 at the Eastern Regional Hospital after a short illness. He was popular for his stage acts on the Key soap concert party show which aired on Ghanaian television in the early 2000’s.
TV’s adorable Grandpa and actor, George Brigars Williams was another Ghanaian celebrity whose death came as a shock to most Ghanaians. He died at the ripe age of 87 at the Korle-Bu teaching hospital on the 1st of August. He starred in several Ghanaian movies such as Hope, Genesis Chapter X, Black Sunday, Dirty Deal, Friday At 4:30, Justice, The Young And The Old, Bloody Mary, My Sister's Honor as well as in Ghana’s award-winning soap opera, Ultimate Paradise.
Award-winning Ghanaian highlife musician, Daasebre Gyamenah died in the early hours of July 29th at the 37 military hospital in Accra. His death sent shockwaves to his teaming fans and the entertainment industry.
Minister Danny Nettey, known for pioneering contemporary gospel in Ghana was called to glory on the 15th July after he was discovered unconscious in his residence. The gospel musician, writer and composer was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Kofi Middleton Mends
NAFTI/University of Ghana Lecturer and Actor, Kofi Middleton Mends known as the Key soap man passed away at age 77 after battling kidney failure at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital. He was popular for starring in an advert by detergent brand, Key Soap and was cited as the creator of several widely acclaimed stage plays.
Yaw Donkor popularly known as Nkomode passed away on February 5, 2016 after battling kidney, liver problems and bladder failure due to excessive drinking. The ace comedian who is well known for his major role on popular TV comedy programme, "Key Soap Concert Party", died at a hospital where he was admitted after kidney and liver problems.
Popular Kumawood actor, Ebenezer Donkor was popularly known as Katawere was among the list of celebrities who died in the year under review. The “Efiewura” actor was 78 when he passed away after battling an undisclosed sickness for the past two years.
Ghanaian Dancehall artiste, Emmanuel Kojo Quayeson known by his stage name, Vybrant Faya also died in 2016. The artiste was involved in an accident on the Tema motorway and lost his life few minutes after arriving at the 37 military hospital. He was 29 years old.
Nii Odoi Mensah
Former president of the Ghana actors Guild, Nii Odoi Mensah died on April 12th, 2016 in China whiles undergoing a Kidney transplant. He was laid to rest on June 20 at the Trade Fair Center La, Accra and was attended by several giants in the entertainment industry such as the minister of Tourism Creative Arts, Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare, Idikoko, Papa Nii, Kofi Adjorlolo and other colleagues from the creative arts industry.
Mc Flava Pounds
Efiewura actor, Lucky Azasoo-Nkornoo also known as Mc Flava Pounds was kicked the bucket on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The actor was reported ill a few weeks before his shocking passing. Even some 14 hours to his death, he took to Facebook to thank his fans for their support and prayer.