The year under review 2018 was a very busy one in Ghana with some people enjoying successes and happiness, whilst others mourned for the loss of a loved one, a job or some money.
Societywatch.net brings to you some of those moments.
1. Ebony’s death
The year 2018 cannot be mentioned without the demise of fast rising and promising talent Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng aka Ebony Reigns. Ebony was on her way back from a visit to her mother in the Brong Ahafo region when the car in which she was traveling in, together with 3 other people got involved in a fatal accident. Only the driver survived the accident, but Ebony together with two other friends, Franky Kuri and Lance Corporal Vondee Francis Atsu, lost their lives on the 8th of February, 2018.
She was buried on the 24th of March, 2018 after a public viewing procession at the Independence Square in Accra.
2. Ebony’s father vrs Bullet
After Ebony’s death, issues started coming up, with father of the late dancehall diva accusing Ricky Nana Agyeman aka Bullet for being responsible for her death. He also accused her then manager Bullet of exploiting his daughter is many ways including sexual harassments.
According to Mr. Opoku Kwarteng, Bullet also took advantage of Ebony’s death to enrich himself by organizing paid shows without giving the family what they were due. Things even got worse when Mr. Kwarteng decided to capture the award plaques won by the Late Ebony Reigns during the 2018 VGMA’s including the much envied “Artiste of the Year” award.
Up to date, Mr. Opoku Kwarteng who has been nicknamed Dabony is not in good terms with Bullet.
3. Number 12 (Kwesi Nyantakyi vrs. Anas Aremeyaw Anas)
One of Africa’s most decorated and revered investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas shock the whole country in May when he revealed that he was done with an undercover investigative piece on Football in Ghana, and that he will be premiering same which he titled Number 12 on the 6th of June 2018 first of all in Accra, and subsequently in 3 other regions.
The man at the center of the investigation was former Capo of the Ghana Football Association and one of the most powerful men in continental football back then, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi. It was revealed through audio-visual evidence that he was deeply involved in a lot of corrupt and unethical practices in football. He even used the presidency to try and secure contracts from his “undercover” potential business partners.
His arrest was ordered by the President Nana Akuffo Addo pending the release of the video and further investigation.
Mr. Nyantakyi was forced to step down from all his portfolios including GFA President, CAF first Vice-President and FIFA Council member. He was given a 90 day temporary suspension by FIFA from all football related activities. But amidst several appeals from his lawyers against Anas and his Tiger Eye PI team, Mr. Nyantakyi has been banned for life from all football related activities.
4. Kennedy Agyapong vrs Anas Aremeyaw Anas
After the premier of Number 12 and after an initial approval of Anas for the work he had done, legislator and businessman Kennedy Agyapong suddenly took a u-turn and began incessant attacks on Anas, tagging him as a corrupt man. According to Mr. Agyapong, Anas did not have the moral right to conduct such an investigation. He also criticized the methods used by Anas and his Tiger Eye PI team.
There were subsequent writs filed by both men for defamation of character.
5. The death of former Vice-President of Ghana Mr. Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur
Ghana was once again shocked to the spine when it was reported that immediate past Vice-President of Ghana Mr. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur collapsed at the Air Force Gym one early Friday morning during a gym session. He was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur was an economist, academic and politician who was the fifth Vice-President of Ghana, in office from August 6, 2012, until January 7, 2017, under President John Dramani Mahama.
He was previously the Governor of the Bank of Ghana from 2009 to 2012 and was sworn in as Vice-President on August 6, 2012, following vetting by the Parliament of Ghana.
…to be continued…