Ebony Reigns

Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng (16 February 1997 – 8 February 2018), known by her stage name Ebony Reigns, was a Ghanaian dancehall/Afrobeats artist known for her hit songs "Poison"[1][2] and "Kupe". She was discovered by Bullet from Ruff n Smooth.

Ebony Reigns
Background information
Birth namePriscilla Opoku-Kwarteng
Born(1997-02-16)16 February 1997
Kumasi, Ghana
Died8 February 2018(2018-02-08) (aged 20)
GenresDancehall, hiplife
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2015–2018
LabelsRuff Town Records
Associated actsBrella, Ruff n Smooth

Early life and educationEdit

Ebony Reigns was born Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, affably known as Nana Heemaa (Oheema)[3] by her close relatives, in Dansoman, a suburb of Accra. Her parents are Nana Poku Kwarteng and Beatrice Oppong Marthin.[4] She was raised in the urban areas of Accra but hailed from the Brong Ahafo region.[5]

She started her basic education at Seven Great Princess Academy in Dansoman, Accra, followed by a high school education at Methodist Girls High School at Mamfe in the Akuapim North District of the Eastern Region, Ghana, though she did not graduate.[5] She quit high school in pursuit of her music career.[5]

CareerEdit

Ebony was discovered by musician and entrepreneur Bullet from Ruff n Smooth and was signed to his Ruff Town record label.[6]

She came out with her first single, "Dancefloor", in December 2015, with a video and audio release.[7][8] The song became a radio hit, landing her a nomination for the "unsung" category at the 2016 Ghana Music Awards.[9][10]

In March 2016 Ebony released her major hit single "Kupe".[11] She was signed to Ruff Town Records and Midas Touch Inc.[12]

DeathEdit

Ebony Reigns was killed[13][14] instantly in a traffic collision on 8 February 2018 whilst returning from Sunyani to Accra after a visit to her mother. Her assistant and longtime friend Franklina Yaa Nkansah Kuri and soldier Atsu Vondee were also killed in the fatal accident. The only survivor of the fatal crash was the driver. She died eight days before her 21st birthday.[15][16]

Her final funeral rites was held at the forecourt of the state house, Accra, and she was buried at Osu cemetery on Saturday, March 24, 2018.[17] In preparation for the funeral, the late Ebony's family received a lot of donations from prominent personalities, government and private institutions.[18] Some of the top donors at the funeral were:

  1. Kasapreko Ghana Limited - Ghc 90,000.00
  2. Zylofon Media - Ghc 50,000.00
  3. Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo - Ghc 50,000.00
  4. Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts - Ghc 20,000.00
  5. Ibrahim Mahama - Ghc 20,000.00
  6. John Dramani Mahama - Ghc 10,000.00[19]

Controversies surrounding her deathEdit

After Ebony Reigns died, controversies became rampant and the nation was divided into many passive factions. There were those that believed that it could have been prevented if roads were properly constructed and adequately lighted. Apparently, the Mankranso road she was traveling on that fateful night was in a very bad state[20] and to some critics, that influenced the accident. Others believe her death is an Act of God and that though it was harsh, could not have been prevented.[21] Still, others attribute her death to what they consider her racy lifestyle and several pastors came out after her death to say that they had prophesied that Ebony reigns would die if she didn't change her "lifestyle".[22]

Dr. Lawrence Tetteh, a renowned pastor in Ghana, also spoke about how some musicians and businesses were taking advantage of Ebony Reigns' death to make profits.[23] Ghana Textile Printing Limited (GTP), for example, is set to manufacture newly customized cloths with some of Ebony’s songs such as 'Aseda' and 'Maame Hw3’ for naming ceremonies and funerals, respectively.[24] He insisted that he spent more money on the funeral than anyone and did not appreciate the fact that some companies were making money of her death.[23] This sparked a lot of controversy because some people believed that his comments were not necessary as a pastor and took to social media to express their views. Ebony's death also raised all forms of prophecies concerning deaths of other artists, a typical example is Shatta Wale, known to be Ghana's number one dancehall artist. A pastor revealed Shatta Wale was going to die before the 25th of December 2018, but added, something can be made to stop it. Fans who believed in Ebony's prophecies wished the dancehall king not to die but the artist posted videos on social media threatening to burn churches if he lives after the said date. As to relate Ebony's death to the prophecies or to consider it a normal accident is unknown, each and everyone has the right to believe in what his/her heart directed him/her. [23]

AftermathEdit

After Ebony Reigns died, some celebrities in Ghana, Sarkodie and Stonebwoy started road safety campaigns to reduce the number of accidents on the roads. On the exact one year after her death, most Ghanaians showed love and concern for the musical artist by posting condolences and pictures of her on social media. [25] Sarkodie has released a song titled ‘Wake Up Call’ to address some causes of road accidents and what to do to reduce them. The song which features singer Benji urges the government to fix bad roads and also enjoins the police to enforce traffic regulations.[26] The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts will also embark on a road safety awareness campaign to ensure sanity on the roads and save more lives.[27]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Event Prize Recipient / nominated work Result Source
2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Artist of the Year Herself Won [28]
Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Afro Pop Song of the Year (Sponsor) Herself Won [29]
Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Album of the Year Bonyfied Won [30]
2017 Merit Awards 2017 Most Influential Artiste Herself Nominated [31]
Bass Awards 2017 Artiste of the Year Herself Won [32]
People's Celebrity Awards 2017 Favourite Female Musician Herself Won [33]
2016 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Unsung Artiste of the Year Herself Nominated [34]
4syte Music Video Awards Best Female Video and New Discovery Kupe Won [35]
Jigwe Awards Discovery of the Year Herself Nominated [36]
Bass Awards Best Dancehall Video Dance Floor Won [37]
New Discovery Herself Nominated [37]

ReferencesEdit

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  13. ^ "Ghana's Music Star Ebony dies at 20 + More Revelations - Music Liberia". Music Liberia. 2018-02-10. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  14. ^ "Ghanaian Dancehall Artist Ebony Confirmed Dead -EOnlineGh.Com". www.eonlinegh.com. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
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  19. ^ Effah, K. "Here are the top donors at the funeral of the late Ebony Reigns". Yen.com.gh - Ghana news. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  20. ^ Kyei-Boateng, Joseph. "Ahafo Ano South to make Mankranso commercial hub". Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  21. ^ Abedu-Kennedy, Dorcas. "HOT VIDEO: Ebony's death an Act of God – Ken Agyapong". Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  22. ^ Web, Ghana. "These pastors predicted Ebony's death". Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  23. ^ a b c "I Spent More On Ebony's Funeral – Dr Lawrence Tetteh - Daily Guide Africa". dailyguideafrica.com. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  24. ^ "GTP to produce customized cloths with Ebony's songs". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  25. ^ "Ebony's death: Stonebwoy to embark on road safety campaign - citifmonline.com". citifmonline.com. 2018-03-27. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  26. ^ "Wake Up Call: Sarkodie fights road accidents in latest song [Audio] – Citi Showbiz". showbiz.citifmonline.com. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  27. ^ "Ebony's death: Tourism Ministry to embark on road safety campaign - citifmonline.com". citifmonline.com. 2018-02-19. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
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  29. ^ "#VGMA 2018: List of winners so far". Ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  30. ^ "Ebony sets record: First Female to win VGMA Artiste of the Year". GhKings.com. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  31. ^ "Ebony, Opanka, Yaa Pono, Medikal, Pappy Kojo, AJ Nelson and Shaker nominated for Merit Awards 2017". meritawardsgh.com. Merit Awards. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  32. ^ "Ebony wins Artiste of the Year at Bass Awards". myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  33. ^ "Full list of winners at 2017 People's Celebrity Awards". Ghanaweb. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
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  35. ^ "Stonebwoy Leads 2016 4Syte Music Video Awards With 9 Nods - Checkout Full List". music.com.gh. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  36. ^ "Kwesé | TV for Africa". viasat1.com.gh. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  37. ^ a b "2016 Bass Awards: Mix Masta Garzy bags two nominations". ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 13 June 2017.

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