26 Young And Popular Ghanaians Whose Deaths Shook The Foundations of Ghana

Deaths are inevitable. They often come as a shock to the system and remind everyone of the transience of life.

Here are 11 popular Ghanaians whose deaths were so shocking that they shook the nation out of its foundations.

1. Major Maxwell Mahama

In May 2017, the death of Major Maxwell Mahama, an officer of the Ghana army, shook the nation.

The late Major Maxwell Mahama

The brutal circumstances that led to his death scarred the conscience of the nation and sparked a campaign against mob violence.

The fact that he was a 32-year-old man with a young wife and two children made his death more difficult to take.

Major Maxwell Mahama with his family

.2. Komla Dumor

The late Komla Dumor

Komla Dumor was a BBC broadcaster who was widely known and revered across Africa and the world.

The former Joy FM morning show host died of cardiac arrest in London on January 18, 2014. He was 41.

His unexpected death was deemed a national disaster.

3. Theophilus Tagoe (Castro )The late Castro

Castro is a popular hiplife musician who went missing at Ada in July 2014.

Castro was on a weekend trip with Asamoah Gyan and friends when he went missing with a female friend, Janet Bandu, while cruising on a jet ski on the Volta River.

The disappearance of the “Toffee” and “Boneshaker” hitmaker has been met with deep sorrow and pain by many Ghanaians.

It is important to state that Castro has not been declared dead by the authorities.

4. Terry Adjetey Bonchaka

The late Terry Bonchaka

Terry Bonchaka was rising hiplife star who died in accident while heading home after a musical performance at the University of Ghana in 2003.

The death of the 21-year-old former Adisadel College student marked a sad moment in the history of the nation.

5. Suzzy Williams

The late Suzzy Williams

Suzzy Williams was a star actress who died in an accident in September 2008. She was 23.

6. Fennec OkyereThe late Fennec Okyere

Fennec Okyere was a music producer, who managed Kwaw Kesse and other talented musicians.

He was shot dead in his home in March 2014.

7. Kwame Owusu Ansah

The late Kwame Owusu Ansah

He was a popular actor who died after he was involved in an accident on the Accra-Tema Motorway in 2008.

The actor was taken to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for treatment, but succumbed to his injuries.

8. Christopher Opoku

Christopher Opoku. Image Credit: Facebook.com/Vivian T Opoku

The popular journalist and football commentator died in May 2017 after a fierce battle with cancer. He was 42.

His death was painful for many Ghanaians because he initially beat the cancer and shared a testimony with the nation to that effect. However, the disease resurfaced a few years later and ended his life.

9. Vibrant Faya

Vibrant Faya. Image Credit: DisturbingGh.com

The budding dancehall artiste died at the 37 Military Hospital after being involved in an accident on The Accra-Tema Motorway.

His death plunged the showbiz community into a state of pain and sorrow.

10. Kofi Ofori Attah

Kofi Ofori Attah. Image Credit: Citi FM

Kofi, a marketer with Accra-based Citi FM died in 2015, after three months of marriage to his wife.

His death became national news after leaked audio tapes suggested that his wife was having affairs with other men for money.

11. Kwadwo Asare-Baffour Acheampong (KABA)

The popular broadcaster with Asempa FM died on Saturday, November 18, 2017. He was reportedly rushed to the hospital after falling unconscious. It is not immediately clear what led to his death, but he was believed to be diabetic. He was 37.

May the souls of these great Ghanaians rest in perfect peace.

Mrs Theresa Kufuor, the wife of former President John Agyekum Kufuor

In 2007 The Queen hosted a State Banquet for visiting President of Ghana John Agyekum Kufuor, his wife, Theresa Kufuor at Buckingham Palace. (Credit: Press Association)

The former First Lady of Ghana passed away at age 87. She was a retired nurse and midwife.

Born on October 25, 1935, she died on Sunday, October 1, 2023, at home in the Peduase area on the Aburi mountain.

Mrs Theresa Kufuor married John Kufuor in 1962 and has been together for 61 years. Theresa has five children with John Kufuor.

Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo

Prof Ama Ata Aidoo

The poet, playwright and former Education Minister who was born on March 23, 1942, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, after a short illness.

With a career spanning more than five decades, she has received international recognition as one of the most prominent African writers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Lawyer and human rights activist, Akoto Ampaw

The human rights activist and anti-corruption campaigner is said to have passed on at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) on October 20, 2023.

Mr Ampaw was the lead lawyer for President Akufo-Addo during the 2020 election petition.

Known as ‘Che Che’ right from his student days at the University of Ghana, Mr Ampaw was also part of the New Patriotic Party’s legal team in the electoral petition of 2013.

Akoto Ampaw died at the age of 73.

MP for Kumawu, Philip Basoah

Philip Atta Basoah
Philip Atta Basoah

The NPP MP died on Tuesday, March 28.

He died at the age of 53 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

According to sources, he was rushed to the hospital in a coma but passed away while plans were underway to fly him out for further medical care.

The late MP is said to have four children with his wife.

NDC stalwart Sherry Ayittey

The former Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development passed away on Saturday, July 22, aged 75.

She was a founding member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and served in various roles within the party and in government, including as a women’s activist, a minister of state, and a National Vice Chairperson.

She was married to Negash Jose Taddese and the couple had a daughter who is a medical doctor.

NPP stalwart and former Majority Leader, Felix Owusu-Adjapong

The late Felix Owusu-Adjapong
The late Felix Owusu-Adjapong

Felix Kwasi Owusu-Adjapong born February 13, 1944, was MP for Akyem Swedru in the Eastern Region. He was also a former Minister for Energy.

Owusu-Agyapong was a member of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Parliament of Ghana. He also served as Minister for Energy.

Former MP for the Ningo-Prampram and Council of State member, E.T Mensah

The Council of State member and former Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram died at age 77.

He reportedly died in South Africa on October 1 after battling ill-health for some time.

Enoch Teye Mensah (born 17 May 1946) was a Minister of Youth and Sports in the Rawlings era and a Member of Parliament for 20 years from January 1997 to January 2017.

He was married with seven children.

The king and Overlord of Gonja, Prof Tuntunba Boressah

The death of the 90-year-old king was announced by the Registrar of the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs, Abutu Kapori at the Jakpa Palace.

Boressah II who was the President of the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs died in the early hours of Sunday, 5th February 2023.

The late Chief was enskinned as Yagbonwura in March 2010.



Before his enskinement as Yagbonwura, he was the Paramount Chief of the Kusawgu Traditional Area of Gonja under the skin name Kusawguwura Sulemana Jakpa.

Former GFA Chairman, Alhaji MND Jawula

Mr. Lepowura Alhaji Mohammed Nuru-Deen Jawula passed away at age 73. He was the Chairman of the GFA from 1997-2001.

He also chaired the MTN FA CUP Committee and was the Chairman of the Ghana Premier League Organizing Committee until his demise.

He is believed to have several children and a wife.

Ghanaian footballer, Christian Atsu

The late Christian Atsu - always had a smile to share
The late Christian Atsu – always had a smile to share

The Black Stars’ and Former Chelsea and Newcastle United forward was found dead after he went missing following an earthquake that affected his apartment in Türkiye.

Atsu who played for Hatayspor before his tragic death was one of the star players from the Chelsea academy before heading to Türkiye.

The 31-year-old was residing in an apartment in Hatay city which suffered huge damages during the quake on February 6, 2023.

Atsu was married to Marie-Claire Rupio with whom he had two sons and a daughter.

Ghanaian football star, Raphael Dwamena

The former Black Stars striker, Raphael Dwamena, passed away after collapsing on a pitch during Egnatia Rrogozhinë game against Partizani Tirana.

Dwamena has been playing with an implanted defibrillator since 2020 when he suffered a heart seizure for the first time.

During his 9 years professional career, he played for 9 clubs including notable ones like Levante, Real Zaragoza, Red Bull Salzburg, and FC Zurich.

Former Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Dr Michael Kwabena Ntumy (Rtd.)

Apostle Dr Michael Ntumy is a former chairman of the church of Pentecost.

Apostle Dr. Michael Kwabena Ntumy, former Chairman of The Church of Pentecost (COP) passed on at age 65.

He died on Wednesday, December 27, 2023.

Apostle Ntumy was the fourth Chairman of The Church of Pentecost from 1998 to 2008. He was a native of Dadieso and left behind his wife Martha Ntumy and six children.

Ama Busia, former first vice-chair of the NPP and sister of the late Kofi Abrefa Busia

Ama Busia

Madam Ama Busia, who until her death was a member of the NPP’s Council of Elders, is said to have died on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, after a short illness.

She is reported to have died peacefully at the Nyaho Medical Centre in Accra.

She was 87.

Renowned Financial Analyst, Sydney Casely-Hayford

Mr Casely-Hayford died at home from kidney failure in the early hours of 1st December 2023 after battling the illness for the past eight years.

Casely-Hayford, also a member of the pressure group Occupy Ghana, was widely recognized for his outspoken and candid perspectives on social and economic matters in Ghana.

Sydney Casely-Hayford was married with children.

Former NPP MP for Bantama, Daniel Okyem Aboagye

The sudden demise of the former legislator occurred in the early hours of Saturday, September 23, 2023, after a short illness.

Okyem Aboagye died at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital at the age of 49.

He was MP for Bantama, one of the biggest constituencies in Kumasi from January 7, 2017, to January 6, 2021. The businessman after spending one term in Parliament became a spokesperson for the New Patriotic Party (MP) on economic issues.

In Parliament, he was a member of the Economic Committee. He owned many businesses in the Ashanti Region, popular among them is 2M Transport Services.

Mr. Aboagye was married with children.

Founder of Resurrection Power New Generation Church, Reverend Anthony Kwadwo Boakye

The popular charismatic preacher reportedly died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

A statement announcing his death said the televangelist had been battling with a stroke since October 23, 2021, which eventually led to his demise.

Rev Anthony Boakye was married to Mrs Margret Boakye, also known as Obaa Yaa Asantewaa.

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