MY DAUGHTER DIDN’T LEAVE ANY PROPERTY BEHIND – Ebony’s Father Reveals

Nana Opoku-Kwarteng, father of late Ghanaian Dancehall and Afrobeat artiste Ebony Reigns, has revealed that his late daughter did not make money from music and did not leave behind any property.

Speaking in a one on one interview with Ghanacreativearts.com, Nana Opoku Kwarteng indicated that he’s into music production not mainly to enrich himself because he never saw any money accrued by Ebony’s hard work in the music industry but he is rather into music production to protect and advance Ebony’s legacy.

He added that because Ebony was the first female musician to win the first prestigious Artiste of the Year award in the country’s most certified Music Awards the VGMA, one would think that she was financially successful due to her activities and works at the time.

He lamented at the allegations by a section of the public that he is spending Ebony’s money and insisted that she did not make any significant money neither did she leave properties behind.

Nana Opoku Kwarteng gave instances where gave instances where the late songstress’ former manager, Bullet mentioned in an interview that Wendy Shay is his cash cow to justify his admonishing that her daughter did not make money.

“Bullet said in one interview that Wendy Shay is his cash cow, that alone justifies the fact that Ebony did not make money from music “

I RECEIVED SEVERAL DEATH THREATS OVER EBONY – Wendy Shay Reveals

RuffTown Records act Wendy Shay says of all the things she has suffered since she came into the music industry, the worst is the death threats she received over the late Ebony.

In an interview with Graphic Showbiz recently, Wendy said, she received several messages in the inbox of her social media pages asking her to quit music if she valued her life.

“I had death threats; people telling me all kinds of things like they will kill me if I do not stop music, if I do not stop being like Ebony. “I can never be her and I got confused because I was never like her, I have never wanted to be like her,” she said.

Wendy said what people did not know was that she is where she is today because of what Ebony stood for.

“Ebony stood for Afrobeats, she was herself and did what she loved. That inspired me and I fell in love with her. I had wanted to meet her but unfortunately she passed on. I was and I’m still a fan of Ebony,” she stated.

Rufftown Records is one label that has been able to make stars out of artistes they sign in a short time and Wendy Shay attributes it all to God.

“We are under the shelter of God, we do not joke with the God factor under this label and so I believe that is part of the reasons we are who we are.
 
“Bullet is also one person who makes sure his artistes are comfortable. He is good at that so it gives us no option than to be ourselves and excel in our dealings,” she stated.

Talking about her financial standing now Wendy said it was better.

“My status now is really better. I recall when our house got burnt, if I was not Wendy Shay, I’m wondering how I would have been able to survive or help my mom and brother get a roof over their heads,” she disclosed.

WHO WINS VGMAs 2018 ‘ARTISTE OF THE YEAR’?

Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock…that is the clock ticking towards 14th April 2018.

On that night the whole music industry would gather, once again, to reward those who did well in 2017 and are deserving of picking awards at the 19th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).

Let me start by saying that the practice of predicting who wins what at the VGMA over the years has been more an art than a science. In my time I have got some predictions right on the money and other times I have bungled it big time.

In the years that I had the opportunity to serve on the board of the VGMA, I had held my horses and danced around the subject when the need arises to do a prediction.

In my long experience of covering the VGMA, I noticed that in some years the competition had been tougher than it was in other years. I think this year has one of the keenest competitions since the scheme started and everyone who got a nomination had to really work for it.

Take for instance the category for New Artiste of the Year. My God, that is a load of young, burgeoning stars put together to compete among themselves for the honour to be named the best.

The list includes King Promise, Kurl Songx, KiDi, Kuami Eugene, Magnom, Kwesi Arthur and B4Bonah.

There is absolutely no doubt that all these young men deserve to be nominated and there would be no surprise at all to me if any of them emerges as winner on the night. Do I have a favourite? Yes, but I am keeping my cards very close to my chest.

However, my job here today is to talk about who would likely pick the top prize at the event on the night. The top prize at the VGMA has for a while now been the Artiste of the Year award and over the years some of our greatest artistes have picked it.

This year there are five artistes nominated; Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Joe Mettle and Ebony. The big question is, which of these men and woman would emerge winner?

Sarkodie: He has a ‘trophy’ cabinet bigger and glittering than that of Arsenal Football Club, if you get the football banter. He has won so many awards in different countries and on the front of the VGMA, he probably has more awards from this scheme than any other artiste.

Indeed, with two Artiste of the Year awards he has already picked from 2010 and 2012, Sarkodie is in a position to be the only Ghanaian artiste to win that particular award more than two times.

Currently, only he and VIP have won it twice.

We have to wait for nine more days to know if King Sark, as he calls himself, would become the standard bearer of Ghanaian music (as far as the VGMA is concerned) should he manage to win his third Artiste of the Year award.

Stonebwoy:Since he landed on the big stage and especially in 2014 when his big song Baafira was the favourite of almost every DJ and concomitantly the public at almost everywhere music was played, Stonebwoy has been nominated in this and other categories many times.

At the VGMA 2015, he won this award for the first time and went on to get a nomination in the BET and also won it.

Stonebwoy is big, he had a great 2017 with performances all over the world, buoyed by some good songs. However, the VGMA is a very difficult award scheme and this category is a tough one.

You have three levels of people deciding whether the Ashaiman man and Bhim Nation boss can rub shoulders with Sarkodie and VIP in the double winners’ category.

Shasta Wale : As we all know, Stonebwoy’s Zylofon Media stable mate, Shatta Wale had been off the VGMA for about three years. First because he said he should not be nominated and then later because he denigrated the awards and the board had put any nomination of him on ice.

Many music lovers, especially Shatta Wale’s fans, believe that he would have won the last three Artiste of the Year awards if he had taken part in the 2015 to 2017 VGMAs.

However, as fate would have it he has been nominated for this year’s award and we shall have the opportunity to know if the Dancehall King would emerge the “champiooooooon” his fans say he is.

Should he win the Artiste of the Year award come April 14 or 15 (depending on the time that particular award would be presented), Shatta Wale would have joined VIP and Sarkodie as those who have won it more than once after his only time winning it in 2014.

Joe Mettle:This particular category of the VGMA had a historic winner and that was Joe Mettle.

He was the first Gospel musician to pick that award and it was a big deal for the gospel community. We have had some of them come very close, including the likes of Daughter of Glorious Jesus, Prophet Seth Frimpong, Kwaku Gyasi and many others but none could pick it.

Joe Mettle would change the narrative and become the standard bearer for the gospel sub-genre, even though some thought he did not deserve it.

His cheeky response that “we are children God and sometimes we don’t deserve the favours we get” when he was asked about it was legendary.

The big question is, can lightning strike twice? Can a gospel music artiste and for that matter Joe Mettle, do a double take? Can he be the first artiste to win a back to back Artiste of the Year award in two successive years? It will be a tough one, but children of God sometimes do wonders they may not know they can. We live to see what happens on the big night.

Ebony: I left this for the last. Ebony is no more so obviously she won’t be available to attend the show on the night she was nominated among a strong cast of male artistes.

Despite her obvious absence, there are many who not only think, but even more are convinced that there is none in this category who deserves this award more than Ebony. There have been campaigns since November to award her with this particular award and her death has not reduced the fervour and clamour.

The argument has been that she had the largest number of hit songs in the year, was all over the place performing and despite her demise she deserves it more than the rest. So would Ebony set two records as the first female to win this award and the first artiste to do so posthumously?

Here so you have it my friends: Sarkodie could make it a treble, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy and Joe Mettle could all make it double and Ebony could make it a single albeit from the grave! We shall wait to see on the night either being there physically or watching on TV3.

By: Francis Doku/Graphic Showbiz

EBONY’S FAMILY PRAISES DR LAWRENCE TETTEH

The Family of the late Dancehall Artiste, Ebony Reigns, has expressed gratitude to Rev. Dr Lawrence Tetteh, a Renowned International Evangelist, for his support to the family since the death of their daughter.

Nana Opoku Kwarteng, the Father of the late Singer, said the family was indeed humbled by the numerous gestures of love, spiritual guidance and immense support Rev. Dr Tetteh had shown the family.

He said this at a news conference in Accra to announce the final funeral rites for the late songstress.

The final funeral rites have been scheduled to take place on March 24 at the forecourt of the State House and interment at the Osu Cemetery.

Ebony Reigns, before her demise, shared a heart-warming picture with Rev. Dr Lawrence Tetteh on social media.

The songstress, who posted the photo on her Instagram page, captioned it; “I enjoyed our meeting today Daddy,” which means that Rev. Dr Tetteh was her ‘Spiritual Father’.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Rev. Dr Tetteh said he was consoled for the fact that he led her to Lord and led her to accept Him as her personal saviour before her untimely death.

Mr Bice Osei Kuffor (Obour), the President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), expressed appreciation to Rev. Dr Tetteh for his support saying; “This tells us that in times of trouble we know who to call on.”

Born on February 16, 1997, Ebony Reigns, known in private life as Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng, died in an accident on Thursday, February 8, on the Sunyani-Kumasi stretch, at age 20.

Her death shook the nation with tributes pouring in from politicians, academia, the showbiz fraternity and well-wishers. Some of her colleagues have also released songs in her honour.

In the two years that she spent in the music industry, she won the heart of many Ghanaians releasing hit songs like: Aseda, Maame Hwe, Hustle, Sponsor, Date Your Father, Dancefloor and Kupe.

EBONY DIES IN FATAL ACCIDENT

News reaching Nkonkonsa.com indicates that reigning Ghanaian dancehall artist Ebony is dead.

Ebony died on Thursday evening February 9, 2018 on the Sunyani-Kumasi road.

According to police, Ebony and two military officers with another lady were on board a Jeep with registration AS 497—16 from Sunyani heading towards Kumasi when it collided head-on with a VIP bus heading towards Sunyani from Kumasi.

Two other military occupants also died later at the Bechem Government Hospital after they were rushed there DSP John Adusei, Mankraso District Commander, confirmed.

The driver of the VIP bus reportedly survived the accident but he is currently unconscious at the same hospital receiving treatment from doctors.

The body of the Maame Hwԑ hit singer, and the unidentified military personnel were rushed to the Bechem Government Hospital after the accident but died shortly after.

DSP Adusei has confirmed to Joy News that the bodies have been deposited at Mankraso Hospital Morgue in the Ashanti Region.

Ebony who was returning from Sunyani after a visit was involved in a car accident and died at the Bechem Government Hospital. According our reporter, the driver however survived and is receiving treatment.

Reliable information available to us indicates Ebony was returning to Accra to make preparations for a trip to America.

We are unable to share the pictures from the accident scene due to the gory nature of them.

Attempts to reach her management have proven futile.

Stay glued for more information.

“I HAVE NEVER SEEN EBONY EXPOSE HER NIPPLE” – Abeiku Santana

Tourism ambassador Abeiku Santana has rejected talk that Ghanaian dancehall sensation Ebony dresses provocatively to the extent of exposing her breasts.

Ebony, born Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, has made a strong entry unto the Ghanaian dancehall scene with a couple of hits including ‘Kupe’, which got her nominated for New Artiste of the Year in the just-ended 2017 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs).

The 20-year-old musician has received a lot of criticism on social media for what people have described as indecent dressing and seductive stagecraft.

However, Abeiku Santana told Accra FM’s Nana Romeo on ‘Ayekoo Ayekoo’ on Thursday, April 13: “I have never seen Ebony expose her nipple. If anyone sees her breasts showing they should take a photo of it and bring to me.”

When told by the host that he had seen the artiste exposing sensitive parts of her body on many occasions, the radio presenter retorted that it may not be the case

“How! If you are to see anybody’s nipple, then that would mean the person is naked… It is not true that she dresses for her nipples to show,” he stated.

According to Abeiku, who is part of the management of the burgeoning dancehall artiste, Ebony’s genre of music goes with a certain culture and attitude, hence one “cannot do dancehall with…a stiff, rigid demeanour”.

“There are some dancehall artistes who are good but their stagecraft is not the best. The music genre is like going to war … because it is not our culture we see it strange but with time she will mature,” he hoped.

For her, the artiste’s “Youthful exuberance” makes her go to the extremes but she will modify her personality as she matures, citing Mzbel as an example.

Mr Santana urged the public to desist from excessive condemnation else it will kill “people’s talent”.

Meanwhile, Mr Santana has said it is no fault of a child to grow up without parents and, therefore, called on the public to support Class Media Group’s (CMG) Celebrity Orphanage Easter Funfair.

“Easter is a gift from God to the world and the gift is Jesus Christ whom he gave to die for the sins of the world. However these kids have no parents and if we do not encourage these children and show them love, that kid can become an armed robber so let the orphans know that there is love in the world, even if, by no fault of theirs, they have no parents,” Mr Santana said.

The Celebrity Orphanage Easter Funfair is scheduled to take place at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park on Easter Monday April 17 and Santana has invited Ghanaians to donate generously towards the programme.

“Class Media Group is inviting every well-meaning person to the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park from 7am. Let’s play with the orphans and if you have clothes, food and money to donate, bring them. Just as Jesus is a gift to the world, this Easter is a time of giving so do same for the orphans,” Santana stressed.

Santana is among the many celebrities billed for the programme. The Celebrity Orphanage Easter Funfair event is intended to bring children from selected orphanages in the Greater Accra Region together in one location to socialise and interact with selected Ghanaian celebrities to make them feel loved and entertained during the Easter festivities.

There will be a variety of games for the children with performances by the various artistes as well as free medical screening and donations to the various orphanages.

The selected orphanages are the Teshie Orphanage, the Potters Village, Chosen Home, Christ Faith, Save The Young, and Osu Children’s Home.

The list of celebrities doing this with CMG includes comedians Funny Face and Kalybos, movie stars Martha Ankomah, Majid Michel, and Yvonne Nelson.

Others are Nana Ama McBrown, Vicky Zugah Amy Newman, John Dumelo, SP Kofi Sarpong, Joyce Blessing, Lydia Forson, and Pascal Amanfo.

The rest are A Plus, Pearl Amoah, Abeiku Santana, Asabea Cropper, Blakk Eye, Moro Awudu, Emefa Apawu, and Mauvie Hayford. CMG is, therefore, calling on individuals and corporate bodies to donate towards the programme to put a smile on an orphan’s face.

Donations in the form of cash can be done via mobile money on 0556092020 or at the front desk of Class91.3FM or Accra100.5FM located at No.147 Roman Road Ridge, Accra.

Other donations like used clothes, exercise books, reading books, water, pens, carton of soaps, bag of rice, oil, canned drinks, etc. are also welcomed.

Kindly call 0302208070/0556092020 for further enquiries.

“I HAVE NINE PIERCINGS AND A LOT OF TATTOOS”- Ebony Reveals

She loves to show a lot of skin and many have suggested it is her way of getting attention to herself and her music but Dancehall musician, Ebony says they are far from the truth.

This is because she has been wearing skimpy or revealing clothes way before she entered into music.

Thus everything you see is a true representation of who she is because she does not fake her identity. Yes, she is a bad girl and she is proud to be one

“The bad girl brand people see out there is a true representation of me. This is how I have been even before coming into the limelight” she told Showbiz in an interview on Monday.

“I don’t pretend to be who I am not. I am a very bad girl and there is nothing anyone can do about it. And I am proud to say it. I have nine piercings and a lot of tattoos all over my body and this is how I want to live my life,” she said.

According to Ebony, no one can tell her what to do so far as she knows she is doing the right thing and anyone who wants to love her can do so by supporting whatever she does.

“Love me for who I am because the whole Ebony brand comes with the package. How I dress, my tattoos, my hair and my colour comes with the Ebony brand and I want Ghanaians to accept that” the Poison hitmaker said.

Reacting to a situation at the passport office recently where she was asked to leave the premises because of indecent dressing, Ebony who described the situation as unfortunate said she was disappointed at the whole issue because there is no dress code at the passport office.

“I chose not to talk about it but I was very angry because there were ladies there with more revealing outfits but they were not asked to leave.” said Ebony who has three nominations in this year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).

Asked if revealing too much flesh does not draw unnecessary attention from the opposite sex, Ebony said the pressure is sometimes unbearable but it she knows how to handle such situations because men will always be men.

Real name Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng, Ebony who is known for songs like Dancefloor, Turn On the Light and Kupe said she has plans to collaborate with Sarkodie, Shatta Wale among others.

About her chances at this year’s VGMA, Ebony who was nominated for Best New Artiste of the Year, Reggae/ Dancehall Artiste of the Year and Best Reggae/ Dancehall Song of the Year said she knows she is going home with at least two awards.

She also expressed her gratitude to her management team Rufftown Records for spotting the talent in her. “My management team is made up of wonderful people, they make sure I get all the shows and promote my songs” she said.

Watch Ebony’s “Poison” below:
Source: Graphic Showbiz