Ghana has lost one of her trailblazers of highlife music and a cultural icon. The death of
Nana Kwame Ampadu I, has plunged the country’s music and cultural community into
a state of deep grief.
On behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the entire membership of the
Ghana Association of Writers (GAW), we express our deepest condolences to the family
of Nana Kwame Ampadu I, and the music and cultural community for the loss of an
affable and well-respected personality.
GAW recalls Nana Ampadu’s immense support for the Association. In 2012, he was
invited to the GAW Book Festival (GAWBOFEST), held at the National Theatre of Ghana
in September in his capacity as a highlife music legate, storyteller, celebrated lyricist, and
cultural activist. He, actually, played a major role in publicising the event on radio and
television. At the event itself, Nana Ampadu demonstrated his skills and resilience in
storytelling by effectively engaging spellbound pupils, students and adults for well over
two hours. His stories were masterpieces that revealed insights into his skillful use of
techniques and styles. GAW also remembers Nana Ampadu as a consummate gentleman,
and a peaceful, thoughtful, humble and courteous person.
Regrettably, Nana Kwame Ampadu I’s long anticipated poetry project with GAW could
not materialise in his life time. However, GAW is willing to collaborate with his family
to complete this project. We are eternally grateful to have been associated with such a
great Ghanaian legend. He will be fondly remembered by us for his towering
May he rest in eternal peace with his ancestors.
President of GAW