“Eyes, look your last! Arms, take your last embrace! And lips, O you the doors of breathe; seal with a righteous kiss a dateless bargain to engrossing death.” (Julius Caesar).
She was tipped as one of the favourites to be named Artiste of the Year at this year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs). Her songs were some of the most popular and controversial in 2017. But as fate would have it, death deprived her from seeing this big dream come through.
Within 12 hours when news broke out about her death, the songstress entered Twitter trends in Ghana as the number one spot with over 95,000 tweets.
She was among the greatest female artistes in Ghana who comfortably rocked shoulders with A-List artists. Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng known in showbiz as Ebony Reigns also wanted to be ‘Original90sbadgyal.’
And just two years of being in the music industry, she garnered a lot of support, which amazed everyone. In fact, her rise to fame was very impressive.
Born on February 16, 1997, to Mr. and Mrs. Opoku Kwarteng in Dansoman (Last Stop) a suburb of Accra, Ebony ensured her God-given talent was reliased
Her parents and siblings also called her as Nana Hemaa (Queen). Ebony’s father, Mr. Opoku Kwarteng, (the man in her “Sponsor” music video), is a royal from Ashanti Region. Ebony was the third and the last child of her parents. Her other siblings are Nana Kwarteng (eldest) and Happy Opoku Kwarteng.
She started her education at Seven Great Princess Academy, a private school located at Dansoman in Accra. She later went to Methodist Girls High School at Mamfe in the Akuapim North District of the Eastern Region for her senior high school education. Back in school she was called ‘Corruption.’
Her dream of becoming a musician forced her to drop out of school, a decision she said was difficult for her to take but with the blessings of her father she was able to make it.
In 2015, she contacted Ricky Nana Agyemang known in showbiz as Bullet (Ruff N Smooth) for support to push her musical carrier.
And as if it was by providence, Bullet was captivated by her voice when he listened to her demo. Ruff Town Records owned by Bullet immediately signed on ebony. She was later signed on by Mediastouch Inc owned by Gatdoe.
Her first single in 2015 was titled ‘Dance Floor’ which enjoyed massive airplay. In 2016, she was nominated for Vodafone Ghana Music Award’s (VGMA’s) Unsung Artiste category. And even though she couldn’t win the award, it was definitely a bold introduction into the music scene.
Until her unfortunate demise, the dancehall damsel had three hit songs—‘Poison,’ ‘Sponsor,’ and ‘Date Ur Fada,’ which were making waves all over the country and beyond.
By a dint of hard work, she managed to win some awards and was nominated for some awards too within the last two years.
These laurels, she achieved, included: New Artist of the Year 2017 Ghana Music Awards UK, Best New Artist Of The Year 2017, Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (Nominated), Reggae/Dancehall Artiste Of The Year—2017 (Nominated), Reggae Dancehall Song Of The Year (Kupe) –(Nominated), Unsung Category – 2016 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (Nominated), New Act of The Year/Discovery of the Year – 2016, JiGwe Awards organized by Viasat, Best Dancehall Video – 2016 Bass Awards, Best Female Video and New Discovery (Kupe) – 2016 4syte Music Video Awards.
Story: Kofi OWUSU TAWIAH