Born Steven Alfred Oppong some 89 years ago, Steven has over the years been affectionately called Kyekyeku. His life is an interesting blend of determination, sacrifice, faith and above all the penchant for making money which makes for a lethal combination.
Kyekyeku a trained teacher didn’t derive satisfaction from his work hence moved to work with (Paterson Zochonis) PZ for sometime, then switched trade to selling bread. Kyekyeku opened his first shop at Adabraka before moving to its present location at post office lane.
The building initially was a family house of the late Ako Adjei, member of the big six. Ako Adjei whiles in Britain faced financial difficulties; hence his father leased the building to a Lebanese for some cash before eventually being taken over by kyekyeku in 1950 also on lease basis.
The adjoining building which used to be a restaurant for the big men especially the bankers and ministries workers has surely seen better days and is known as the Bannerman house.
Interestingly, Louis Armstrong Sachmo the man with a gravelly voice performed at “you guessed right” Kyekyeku on the invitation of legendary E.T. Mensah as part of the 1957 independence celebration. He came all the way from New Orleans in America.
Kyekyeku once a member of the Star of East Lodge, Number 2533 Accra has to his credit 10 children, 6 females and 4 men with his first wife whom he married in 1976.He remarried Agnes Oppong in the mid 90’s after the death of his first wife but had no issue with the second wife.
Kyekyeku was also an Estate developer with properties at Trade Fair site, Lartebiokoshie, Alajo and Kotobabi.
Kyekyeku died in 2002 at age 83 though his close friends Mr. Amakye and Amenuu think he was slightly older.
Currently Kyekyeku’s grandson Dennis is running the pub whiles his daughter Clara Sarkodie-Mensah runs the computer house.
If you see the Kyekyeku pub now don’t you judge it because it is now a pail shadow of itself. Surely it has seen better days.
It is still running for the memory of the Steven Alfred Oppong Kyekyeku, the teacher, PZ worker, bread seller, pub manager and estate developer.
Never joke with a business entity that has run for over 5 decades. Respect it, for kyekyeku is surely a business entity that has stood the test of time and a testimony of how perseverance, determination and hard work pays.