The Musicians Union of Ghana has noted with deep pain the transition of one of the trailblazers of western highlife, Paapa Kofi Yankson and would like to pay tribute to his memory. On behalf of the entire musical fraternity of Ghana, President, executives and entire leadership of the Musicians Union of Ghana extends its deepest condolences to the family of the legendary Paapa Yankson.
Indeed it would be an understatement to say that the death of Paapa Yankson is a huge blow to the musical fraternity in Ghana and the Ageing Musicians Welfare Fund (AMWeF) in particular. Paapa Yankson was an active supporter of the Union and played a key role in AMWeF having performed on various occasions at the MUSIGA Grand Ball, a major fund raising event for AMWeF.
The President of the Union, Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour recalls his last encounter with Paapa Yankson during the preparation for the VGMA 2017 earlier this year when the board was considering the Lifetime Achievement category and his eventual selection as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award. Although not in the best of health, Paapa Yankson was as cheerful and bubbly as could be and no one had the faintest idea he would be gone so soon. Paapa Yankson was a multiple award winning artiste whose exploits traversed generations.
The nation will sorely miss Paapa Yankson as he has entertained and educated generations of Ghanaians, Africans and citizens of the world. A trained teacher and musician, Paapa Yankson was the music organizer for the Garrison Education Unit for nearly a decade and it would be an honor to his memory if President Akufo – Addo reinstates the teaching of music into basic public schools.
MUSIGA and AMWeF sincerely expresses our deepest condolences to his dear wife and children as well as the numerous family members who will doubtlessly miss his cheerful and noble demeanor.
Paapa Yankson nantie yie, farewell thee well.
Paapa Yankson performs at MUSIGA Grand Ball
Ahuma Bosco Ocansey
Director of Communications and Special Projects