Christian Atsu, Akwaboah, Raphael Dawmena, And Other Stars Whose Deaths Shook Ghana In 2023

Christian Atsu, Akwaboah, Raphael Dawmena, And Other Stars Whose Deaths Shook Ghana In 2023

The year 2023 saw the passing of several prominent Ghanaian figures across diverse fields like sports, law, and the arts. Their deaths marked great losses for the nation. has compiled a list of some of the popular entertainment personalities Ghana lost in the past year.

OJ Blaq and Christian Atsu
Many Ghanaian stars passed away in 2023 Photo source: @ojblaqgh, @chris_atsu
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Christian Atsu

Former Ghana international Christian Atsu tragically died at age 31 in the February 2023 Turkey-Syria earthquake.

Atsu made over 60 appearances for the Black Stars after debuting in 2012. He scored key goals at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. He was laid to rest in Ada in March.

Akwaboah Snr

Renowned highlife musician Kwadwo Akwaboah, affectionately called Akwaboah Senior, died on May 16, 2023.

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The prolific singer-songwriter was known for hits like "Awerɛkyekyerɛ" and "Hini Me" during his long career. The father of Akwaboah Jnr, he was buried on September 30.

Cynthia Quarcoo

Respected lawyer Cynthia Quarcoo passed in June following a prolonged illness. As CEO of talent agency Africa 1 Media, she represented stars like Sarkodie, Reggie Rockstone, and Samini, among others.

Her legal expertise and counsel greatly benefited Ghana's show business industry.

Raphael Dwamena

Former Black Stars striker, Raphael Dwamena, passed away on November 11 after collapsing on a pitch during Egnatia Rrogozhinë game against Partizani Tirana in Albania.

Dwamena has been playing with an implanted defibrillator since 2020 when he suffered a heart seizure for the first time.

During his 9 years professional career, he played for 9 clubs including notable ones like Levante, Real Zaragoza, Red Bull Salzburg, and FC Zurich.

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OJ Blaq

Ghanaian rapper, OJ Blaq, passed away on August 17, 2023. The Chale Wote hitmaker died at 40 after battling kidney disease.

In 2021, the deceased rapper opened up about his kidney disease diagnosis. OJ Blaq revealed that he underwent dialysis treatment and was awaiting a kidney transplant.

Ghanaian celebrity weddings of 2023

But it was not only gloom for celebrities in 2023. Some Ghanaian celebrities also made their fans believe in the power of love as they married their long-term partners.

The top fashionable celebrities did not disappoint with their elegant wedding outfits for their multi-day ceremonies has compiled a list of celebrities who introduced new fashion trends with their weddings.

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Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah (HOD Entertainment) Jeffrey is the Head of Entertainment Desk and a graduate of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) with over 10 years of experience in journalism. He started as a reporter with Ghana News Agency (GNA) after school. He joined in 2016 as an editor. He moved to in 2017 as an editor and has risen to his current position. You can contact him via e-mail:

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