Ebony Reigns, Dancehall Songstress, born 16 February 1997, died 8 February 2018

One day you will know

These are the words of my mother

As I’m getting Old, ebi now wey I remember

So I’m parking all my tools, I’m going back a home

A young girl like me

shouldn’t be caught with an old school fool

He told me he was a banker, not knowing bank robber

This man is a Gangster, Bukom Banku Boxer

Osori anopaaa, bolabo bodambo Oo. 3duru awiah ahh

Ebony’s biggest hit song Maame Hwe which had massive view of 1.3Million within 2weeks on YouTube.

Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng was born in Dansoman, Accra, to father Nana Opoku Kwarteng and mother Beatrice Oppong Marthin. The youngest in her family among her siblings, she was known by the nickname “Nana Hemaa” or “Queen”. She attended the Seven Great Princess Academy in Dansoman and later the Methodist Girls High School at Mamfe, where her friends called her “Corruption”.

She chose to leave school early to pursue her love for music. Her talent was soon discovered by music entrepreneur Bullet, of Ruff N Smooth, who signed her to his Ruff Town label, which she had the name “EBONY REIGNS”.

Ebony the Dancehall Songstress first single under Bullet’s mentorship, “Dancefloor”, became a hit and earned her the first of several award nominations: this time in the “unsung” category at the Ghana Music Awards 2016.  That same year, she released “Kupe”, which was to be her biggest hit. “Kupe” won Reigns the Best Female Video and New Discovery awards at the 4syte Music Video Awards. Her winning streak continued as she picked up Artiste of the Year at 2017’s Bass Awards and Favourite Female Musician at the People’s Celebrity Awards 2017. In 20 18 after the demise, she won 2018 Artist of the Year, DanceHall Songstress of the Year and other ward the Father took on behalf of her.

Ohemaa affectionately called by the father was to travel to UK for the first time for Europe tour.  Ebony in one of her post after a juicy contract with HI5 ChocoMalt write “Thanks to God Almighty, my label #Rufftown Midastouch, my team @team_avo and you guys my fans…

This just the beginning ❤️❤️❤️?” little did she know, she was going to END IT ALL.

Reigns died just a week before her 21st birthday when a car in which she was travelling was involved in an accident with a bus. She was returning from a trip to visit her mother in Sunyani. She was killed together with soldier Atsu Vondee and her friend and assistant Franklina Yaa Nkansah Kuri.

Her forthright sexual style of dressing drew comment from several Ghanaian public figures, Ghanaians, pastors but Reigns was unconcerned of their disapproval.

She once told Hitz FM: “Dancehall is dancehall, you can’t be a dancehall artiste and be doing any good-girl thing.”

All the same, she sang about the hypocrisy that women in her industry faced in “Aseda”, which heartened on the pervasiveness of the molding express, and towards the end of that year, Reigns released “Maame hw3”, a song about domestic violence. 

Today marks exactly One year everyone woke up to the sad story, that black Thursday. Tears flowed, heart got broken, shock hit souls. Ebony became national and international Asset, she did her best to serve the nation upon all the straight hit at her.

Question: After One year, has that road been fixed?

 Has the industry change their ways, Ebony accused them of?

By Adjoa Penny

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