by: michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
Highlife notable; Benjamin Akono Kofi Yankson has been laid to rest at the Methodist Church Cemetery in Apam.
Prior to his burial on Saturday, 21st October, 2017, the entertainer who is survived by 10 children was laid in state at the forecourt of the State House in Accra where notable musicians and colleagues paid their last respects including Nana Fynn, Rev. Thomas Yawson, Rev. Mary Ghansah, Rex Omar, Gyedu-Blay Ambulley, Yaw Sarpong, Charles Amoah, Nana Kwame Ampadu, Abirekyieba Kofi Sammy, Pat Thomas, AB Crentsil, Daughters of Glorious Jesus, Tagoe Sisters, Daddy Bosco, Sidiku Buari and Kofi Kinaata.
Also in session to bid the ‘Tina Menkye’ singer farewell was President Akufo-Addo; Asiedu Nketia of the National Democratic Party (NDC), Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture; Catherine Afeku and Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) president, Bice Osei Kufuor (Obour).
Curiously on the day, many of the youthful entertainers were missing in action preferring to attend the ‘Becca @ 10 concert’ rather than bid their senior colleague farewell.
Samini, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale were all missing in session; not even highlife offerors Wutah nor Kumi Guitar showed up. The development caused Gyedu-Blay Ambulley to express disgust by their absence indicating that for people who sample Paapa’s works, their decision to not attend was in poor taste.
“Many of the young ones are sampling Paapa’s music… I don’t know why they are not here but they will regret that later.”
Paapa’ thanksgiving service was held at the Bread of Life Methodist Church the next day at Dansoman attended by a good number of the veteran artists. Impressively, Kofi Kinaata who appeared to be the only youngster to have attended the funeral was in session for the thanksgiving service too.
Paapa Yankson passed away after a short illness on July 21, 2017. He was 78. His widow; Mary Ogbamey Yankson paid glowing tribute to the fallen icon as did his children.