Ghanaian highlife great, Jewel Ankah, widely famed for composing “Arise”, the anthem for the National Democratic Party (NDC) as well as a number of Gospel & highlife hits, has passed on.

He is reported to have died in his Tema home around 7 pm,  Friday, a fortnight ago,  after he was discharged from the 37 Military Hospital as a health condition for which he had been admitted, was not improving, family sources say.

“He was moved from the hospital last two weeks because he could not talk and his condition was not getting any better”, a family rep submitted to Accra-based TV3.

He was 73.

Born in 1945 at Axim in the Western Region, Ackah was discovered by veteran Ebo Taylor, and over time, also performed with such top names as Elgrand Kwofie, C.K. Mann and Jos Akins. Over a remarkable career, he recorded some 27 albums, including ‘Gyaki Mea’, ‘Asomdowoe Hene,’ ‘Abena,’ ‘I’m in the Mood,’ ‘Joyce Sane Bra,’ and ‘Me Wo Bi’, which saw him tour the US, Canada, Sweden, and other European destinations.

In the twilight of his life, Ackah battled a number of heath conditions including a ten -year spell with stroke. A 2017 report by TV3’s Owusu Worae, inspired massive public solicitude for the singer who had lamented being neglected by society.

 

 

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