|The late Asare-Baffuor Acheampong (KABA)|
12:50 Heavens open
It started with showers but turned into a storm, a real blessing for the lost hero. The Vandals have taken over again. There is no stopping them. Not even the storm.
12:40 Ex-president John Mahama returns
Ex-president John Mahama makes a return to the Multimedia Group in just a week. The first was to sign a book of condolence and share his tribute to the iconic presenter whom he described as a professional.
He wants attention to be shifted slightly from the discussion of political stories to issues of health which would lead to the improvement of health care delivery in the country. He is back again on the occasion of the one week celebration of the late KABA.
12:15 Daughters sing to KABA’s glory
Legends in the gospel music industry, the evergreen Daughters of Glorious Jesus have taken over after the brief showers of blessings. Getting such a group to sing on such an occasion tells a story of a life well lived by KABA. Cynthia, Edna and Monica soothe the souls of many with their songs. Dancing has been rare thus far, but few have taken to the floor dancing, when they could easily have been crying.
11:40 Vandals defy rains
Heavens have opened with showers of blessings on KABA's one week. Whilst others run for shelter, the Vandals have taken over singing the day away in spirited fashion. Who else will do this? Only Vandals will. A befitting one week for a colleague Vandal.
11:30 Evangelist Diana Asamoah
After the Vandals charged the atmosphere with their own set of 'religious' songs, it is now time for the Evangelist Diana Asamoah to cool the atmosphere. She sang from the deepest of hearts, to lift the spirits of many who were down.
10:40 The Vandals are in!
The vandals are here! They need no introduction. Their songs come before them. KABA was a vandal. On their own and in their quiet places they are perfect gentlemen. In a group, they are perfect VANDALS. They came in a group. They sang to the memory of the departed friend, KABA, the quiet VANDAL.
10:25 Vice President Arrives
The Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia arrives for the one week celebration. He had been here early on in the week to show solidarity and respect to the young man he respects so much. He was impressed by KABA's neutrality and professionalism. He is here again with his team which includes the National Youth Organiser of the governing party, Sammy Awuku, Deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who also hosted the Super Morning Show on Joy FM before becoming a minister.
10:00 When competitors become friends
Management of Despite sharing their condolences with the Multimedia Group
Ghana’s radio industry is highly competitive. The Adom Asempa brands which are under the multimedia Group are chasing the same listeners, Peace FM, Okay FM of the Despite Group of companies are chasing, they are chasing the same advertisers and chasing the same stories. But what is competition when an icon has fallen? Management of the Despite Group of Companies is here led by its CEO Osei Kwame Despite. With a handshake and a donation, they commiserate with the family. The EIB Group, led by Kwabena Anokye Adisi popularly called Bola Ray also leads his team to pay their respect to the family of KABA and the Multimedia Group. The EIB group is no strangers at all to the Multimedia Group.
Bola Ray and many of his soldiers were once colleagues with KABA at the Multimedia Group. They are back home. Atinka FM and its management are also here. They share the same street with the Multimedia Group. With them came Kofi Asare Brako, Abaten we call him. He is no stranger at all to the Multimedia.
9:40 Lifting Spirits
Bernice Ansah a famous gospel musician lifts up the spirits of the living with a song, a gospel song. Nothing is more comforting at this time than the word of God ministered in song. Bernice Ansah shows her gratitude to the late KABA for his role he played in her career.
9:30 Burial Date
The family head of the late KABA has just annnounced the burial date for the iconic broadcaster. KABA will be laid in state on December 15. He will be buried on December 16 with the thanksgiving service on December 17.
9:00 Offering condolences
Management of Multimedia greeting family members
It is time to greet! Not the pleasantries many would love to share but it is extremely important in a time like this. Greeting is a form of condolence, it may not ease the pain of the bereaved but it comforts them. The Multimedia Group goes ahead to greet the immediate families.
8:30 Dignitaries arrive
Many from far and near have arrived to share in the pain of the close relations and to comfort them. The families of KABA, and those of Valentina are here with a unity of purpose- to give a befitting one week to the departed soul of the once bubbly broadcaster. The Management of Multimedia, led by the CEO Kwasi Twum is present with a bold face but broken in spirit. KABA was more than an employee to him. He was a son, a pillar in his Akan radio. Several others are here. Ibrahim Mahama, brother of ex-president John Mahama, Malik Kweku Baako Jnr, Editor in Chief of the Crusading Guide Newspaper, Kweku Rickets Hagan, former Central Region Minister, Kofi Adams, NDC National Organiser, Nana Ansah Kwao IV, Chief of Edumasa in the Eastern Region.
8:00 Tears begin to flow
|Valentina Ofori Afriyie, the wife of the late KABA, has just arrived, broken but supported on both sides by family members|
7:05 For a mental picture for those who are far away from here, a big dais has been mounted just in front of the Fairgreen Ltd on which mourners will share their tributes to the immediate family of the late KABA and the larger Multimedia Group. Just opposite the dais, across the street, which would have served as a car park for workers of the Multimedia Group is now heavy with tents, ready to sit mourners. Just in front of Joy FM, the red building is another set of tents. Under one of those tents is a table on which has been placed Books of condolence in which mourners will pay their respect and memories to the fallen hero. At the extreme end, in front of the Blue Building, which houses the sales and marketing team of Multimedia also has another set of table with books of condolence lined up. At least there will be no queue waiting for mourners who want to write their tribute to the late KABA.
7:00am Hello! It’s Saturday morning. The one week celebration of life for the late Kwadwo Asare Baffuor Acheampong (KABA) has just begun. The Faanofa Street in Kokomlemle on which sits a number of companies including the Multimedia Group Ltd has been closed. Sorry for any inconvenience that may have caused you if you are a motorist.
For a week we cried; in our tears we sang songs of tribute to you Kwadwo Asare-Baffuor Acheampong for a life well lived.
On Saturday, November 18, 2017, you made a journey to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, never to return and you left us completely heart broken. We were all in pain, struggled in vain to come to terms with the news of your passing.
Now we have. You were the husband, the father, the son, the brother, the confidante, the friend, the colleague and many other things to many other people.
But for these past seven days and many other days to come, you will only be a memory, a memory never to be forgotten.
For your good works here on earth will remain a fountain out of which will flow lessons of humility, love, kindness, and compassion.
We sing for you in death, but your life will remain a symbol for us the living until we meet again!!!
Myjoyonline.com will bring you live coverage of the one week memorial of KABA, who until his death was the host of the Asempa Political talk show programme Ekosii Sen.