Paapa Yankson’s Funeral: How It Went Down at the Highlife Legend’s State Burial [Photos]

Paapa Yankson’s funeral saw President Akufo-Addo and a host of other dignitaries in attendance…

Highlife Legend, Benjamin Akono Kofi Yankson, popularly known as Paapa Yankson, has been laid to rest in a state burial. The funeral service was held at the forecourt of the State House on Saturday, 21st October, 2017.

Also See: 5 Remarkable Lessons To Learn From Paapa Yankson’s Life

Paapa Yankson’s funeral saw the President of the Republic, Nana Akufo-Addo, Tourism Minister, Catherine Afeku, NDC officials, young and veteran musicians, a host of other dignitaries, friends and family members in attendance – all clad in red and black attire.

Paapa’s funeral – Photos Credit: Starr Fm

The body of the late musician was laid in state at the forecourt of the State House surrounded with a bouquet of flowers. President Akufo-Addo, in the company of the Tourism Minister, paid his last respect to the fallen music veteran.

The President who exchanged pleasntaries with the bereaved family before proceeding to file past the laid body, spent few seconds of sober reflection beside the open casket before finally giving Late Paapa a final bow of respect.

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A group of musicians led by Rev. Thomas Yawson later sang ‘It is Well’ to honour Late Yankson. His mortal remains was finally taken to his hometown, Apam in the Central Region for interment. A thanksgiving service was also held on Sunday, 22nd October for the late musician at the Bread of Life Methodist Church at Dansoman in Accra.


Paapa Yankson passed away on the 21st of July, 2017 at the age of 73. He reportedly died in his sleep at his residence in Dansoman, Accra. Paapa Yankson for some years before his death was confined to the wheelchair due to ill health.

But throughout these later years of his life, the strong-spirited music icon never allowed the condition to completely put him off the stage as he once in a while performed at events; one of such occasions being at the 2017 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA), where he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Following his death, President Nana Akufo Addo during a courtesy call on him by a delegation from family and friends of the music legend, disclosed that Paapa Yankson’s funeral will be a state burial and so will be held at the forecourt of the State House.

Paapa Yankson’s widow, Mary Ogbamey; his son Silas Yankson, and some of his siblings and relatives were also part of the delegation which was led by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Abelema Afeku.

Extending his condolences to the bereaved family, Nana Addo had described Paapa Yankson as a pillar and icon in the Ghana Music Industry who have rendered selfless service to the country.

Also among the delegation were the head of Odomna Ebusua, Nana Akom Ogyeanda I, the Queen mother of the Odumna clan of Ekumfi Asaman/Buadukwaa, Nana Enfiua III, and the leadership of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA). The dates of Paapa Yankson’s funeral rites were officially made known to the President by Nana Akom Ogyeanda I.

The MUSIGA delegation included veteran highlife musician Nana Kwame Ampadu, MUSIGA President Bice Osei Kufuor, former MUSIGA President Alhaji Sidiku Buari, first vice-president of MUSIGA Bessa Simons, National Organiser of MUSIGA Chizzy Wailer, Director of Communications and Special Projects, and the Tagoe Sisters, Ben Brako and Ahuma Bosco Ocansey.