The mortal remains of Dancehall diva Ebony Reigns will be laid to rest today [Saturday], March 24, at the Osu Cemetery. The burial service and final funeral rites which had originally been scheduled for March 17 at the Independence Square had to be postponed after it clashed with already booked programmes at the initial venue. Following a meeting between Ebony’s family, led by her father, Nana Opoku Kwarteng, and the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Opare, the funeral was rescheduled to March 24 at the forecourt of the State House.
According to the official funeral invitation card, the burial service and funeral rites will start at 5 am and end at 5 pm.
Ebony died on February 8, 2018, in a gory accident at Nyamebekyere near Mankranso in the Ashanti Region. The singer who was returning from Sunyani after visiting her mother, Beatrice Martin, died alongside her friend, Franky Kuri, and her soldier bodyguard, Francis Vondee, who had accompanied her. Her death sparked an outpouring of emotions by many Ghanaians who were shocked by the incident and it is expected that many will throng the forecourt of the State House to mourn with the family.
Among those expected to pay their last respects are the singer’s fans, schoolmates, sports personalities, musicians, politicians, actors and actresses and the general public. Considering what happened at her one week observance, her funeral is expected to be some sort of national mourning. Born Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng, Ebony was eight days shy of her 21st birthday when she lost her life.
She burst onto the scene just about three years ago and she took the music industry by storm with hit tracks including ‘Kupe’, ‘Poison’, ‘Sponsor’, ‘Date Ur Fada’, ‘Maame Hw3’, ‘Hustle (M3di Wo Dwa)’, and ‘Aseda’. Ebony was highly tipped to become the first ever female musician to win the VGMA’s ‘Artiste of the Year’ award at the 2018 edition later this year. As things stand now, she may well set the record as the first posthumous winner the VGMA award.