Sad Memories: Ghanaian Celebrities Who Would Have Been Greater Than We Imagine Were They Alive

Death is such a cruel and unstoppable snatcher who rips our world of great talents embedded in their victims. We cannot wipe off the memories of these elegant men and women whose light got dimmed by the cold hands of death not long ago. The vigour and colour they were adding to our entertainment industry is still being missed that we can’t help recalling the sad losses time and again. The saddest part of the story is that these stars are so blessed and were already making it big before they left us. Were they still alive today, they would have grown bigger than we could ever imagine. Here are the popular Ghanaian celebrities whose careers were cut short by death.

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Disappeared July 6, 2014


His body is yet to be found; he disappeared on River Ada while jet-skiing with a female friend on July 6, 2014. Castro disappeared at a time when his songs were the number one on most playlists in the country. His collaborations with Asamoah Gyan, D-Black and Sarkodie, plus his own songs, made him one of the artistes with several hit songs at a particular time before his disappearance.

Irene Asante

Died Thursday May 15, 2014


Ms Irene Nana Aba Kpayaaafo Asante was a presenter with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and died at 42 years. Ms Asante died in the early hours of Thursday May 15, 2014 at the 37 Military Hospital after a short illness.

Fennec Okyere

Died 13tn March, 2014


He was shot dead by some unknown assailant(s) Thursday morning March 13 at his Manet Gardens residence on the Spintex Road, Accra. He was the manager of Hiplife artiste, Kwaw Kese. He also had his hands in a couple of other businesses including oil. Fennec was working his way up the showbiz until he was gruesomely murdered in his house.

Komla Dumor

Died on 18 January 2014


Komla Afeke Dumor was a Ghanaian journalist who worked for BBC World New sand was the main presenter of its programme Focus on Africa. Dumor died on 18 January 2014 in his London home after a cardiac arrest; having been on air the day before. Komla Dumor was one of Ghana’s best-known journalists. His growing popularity in Ghana and beyond was heading towards very great heights before he was lost to death. As at the time of his death, he already had 107, 000 Facebook followers.

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Ronnie Coaches

Died 25th November, 2013


Ronnie Coaches of award-winning hip-life group Buk Bak died as a result of a cardiac arrest at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Buk Bak, known for several hit songs including ‘Klu Brofo’, ‘Akwasi Broni’ and ‘Kolom’, was composed of Prince Bright aka Bling Sparkles and Ronnie Coaches. The group was versatile and rapped in Ga, Twi, and Pidgin, and was the first hip-life group in Ghana to make a successful career out of Ga music. Their songs became instant hits because of their catchy choruses. He was already in the limelight and coming to great heights in his career when death suddenly snatched him.

Godwin Kotey

Died March 5, 2012


Godwin Kotey was a remarkable man who was hailed as one of the greatest movie directors in Ghana. He was an educator, actor, playwright, producer and director. He reportedly died of cancer. At the time of his death, he was pursuing his PHD in Speech Communication on a Fulbright Scholarship at the Southern Illinois University. Before his death, Godwin Kotey is noted for popular productions such as Leila Djansi’s I Sing of a Well, Police Officer, Sodom and Gomorrah and a host of others. He owned Dreamhouse Studios. The highly talented Godwin known for excellence in his career is yet to be replaced in the Ghana entertainment industry.

Kwame Owusu Ansah

Died May, 2008


Kwame Owusu Ansah died of severe head and waist injuries which he sustained in a ghastly motor accident. he was one of Ghana’s best actors before his death. Some who knew him very well says he amounted to John Dumelo and Majid Michel who are counted as Ghana’s best today put together. The aspirations of Kwame were perhaps more than one was anticipating as he hoped to reach the top of the ladder. Kwame would have become a great celeb if he were alive today.

Suzzy Williams

Died September 8, 2005


Suzzy Williams was a well-known Ghanaian television and film actress. In her school days at Meadow Preparatory & Junior Secondary School in Darkuman, Accra, she was crowned “Miss Meadow 97”. She came into limelight with her appearance in the TV3 soap series, “Bloody Mary”, “Things We Do For Love” and “Official Prostitute”, “Calamity”, “The Comforter and Mother’s Heart”. Her career as an actress was launched through the African hit film “Together Forever”, with a screenplay by US-based Ghanaian producer and screenwriter Leila Djansi. Having started her career so early in life, she would have been a great actress by now if not for the thief called death.

Terry Bonchaka

29th October, 2003


He was the face of dance hall and his fusion of the genre with indigenous instruments was something that made him unique. He was everywhere and it was evident that he had a bright future in the industry. From what he was making back then, it was quite clear that he would have been a great celebrity today. He passed on in 2003 and 29 October will mark exactly 12 years since his demise.

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