by: michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
The death has been announced of veteran actor, Asonaba Kwaku Darko alias Super OD. Family sources say Super OD died on Tuesday, February 13; aged 84.
Confirming his passing on Hitz FM’s Daybreak Hitz, Super OD’s son Simon Darko rendered:
“He was sick though. When we took him to clinic, they said the sugar level had shot up. Due to medications, it dropped. It was normal for him to live even though he had been suffering from diabetes. He couldn’t talk well, he couldn’t eat nicely so we took him to the hospital. Later, they said we should buy some medicine. We did; he was responding to treatment.
“When you talked to him, he could respond with his head. This morning, we went there to help him bath and make sure the nurses will come and take care of him. They told us we should go and get some medicine. I realised that something strange was going to happen because he became heavy when we were trying to raise him. He was breathing slowly. The voice was gone; an indication that somebody was going to die. While he was breathing in and out slowly, we just prayed to God but what would happened would happen.”
Super OD made a name for himself with his witty remarks with the Oppong Drama Group later branded as Osofo Dadzie Group. He was a regular staple in the Akan Drama Series on Ghana Television and from 1970s to the 90s was a fan favourite.
Later on OD became a sex counsellor of sorts on Peace FM’s popular ‘Wuba Ada Na’ late night show where his comic yet raw sex talk intrigued as much as incensed audiences.
The 82-year-old actor says his knees are giving up on him and peculiar to Ghanaian entertainers who virtually become impoverished upon retirement either thanks to their little remuneration or poor management of funds.
OD was sired by a father who died early and mother; Abena Akuwa, a petty trader.
In 1958 he gained employment as a Native Authority policeman, popularly called “Ahenfie Police” at Agona Swedru but one year later, the authority police system was abolished.