The name Ebony Reigns is a Ghanaian household name now. Before her untimely death, every single track this dancehall artist dropped was a massive hit.
Born Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng on 16th February 1997, her stage name Ebony took her places. Ebony was a dancehall/Afrobeat artist known for her hit songs like ‘Poison’, ‘Kupe’, ‘Maame hw3’ and many more.
Ebony started her basic education at Seven Great Princess Academy in Dansoman, Accra. She then went to Methodist Girls High School at Mamfe. She didn’t graduate because she wanted to pursuit her music career.
Ebony was discovered by musician and entrepreneur Bullet from Ruff n Smooth fame. She was automatically signed on to his Ruff Town record label. She came out with her first single, "Dancefloor", in December 2015. In March 2016 Ebony released her major hit single "Kupe".
Ebony Reigns was killed instantly in a traffic collision on 8 February 2018 whilst returning from Sunyani to Accra after a visit to her mother. This was 8 days prior her 21st birthday. Her final funeral rites were held at the forecourt of the state house, Accra. She was buried at Osu cemetery on Saturday, March 24, 2018.
She received these donations at her funeral:
1. Kasapreko Ghana Limited - Ghc 90,000
2. Zylofon Media - Ghc 50,000
3. Nana Addo Dankwa - Ghc 50,000
4. Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts- Ghc 20,000
5. Ibrahim Mahama- Ghc 20,000
6. John Dramani Mahama- Ghc 10,000
After her Death
After the demise of Ebony, Sarkodie and Stonebwoy started road safety campaigns to reduce the number of accidents on the roads. Ironically, Sarkodie also suffered road accident. On the exact one year after her death, most Ghanaians showed love and concern for the musical artist by posting condolences and pictures of her on social media.
Sarkodie released a song titled ‘Wake Up Call’ to address some causes of road accidents and what to do to reduce them. The song which featured singer Benji urged the government to fix bad roads.
1. VGMA, Artist of the Year
2. VGMA, Afro Pop Song of the Year
3. VGMA, Album of the Year
1. Bass Awards, Artist of the Year
2. People’s Celebrity Awards, Favorite Female Musician
1. Jigwe Awards, Discovery of the Year
2. Bass Awards, Best Dancehall Video
May her talented soul rest in Reigns!
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