President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Mr. Bice Osei Kuffour popularly known as Obour in the music industry eulogizes the late ethno musicologist and composer, Professor Emeritus Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia.
Professor Nketia died at the Legon Hospital in Accra on Wednesday March 13, after a short illness. He was 97.
Obour in an interview with Univers Entertainment stated that Professor Nketia deserves to be celebrated in grand style because he was the principal person to introduce Ghana to the international music council.
“Professor Nketia is a pillar because he was the first person to introduce Ghana to the International Music Council”
Obour also praised him for promoting Ghana to the international community and for his several collaborations with various artistes like Ephraim Amu and other musical legends and also admits that his death is a huge blow to the nation at large.
He said, “Apart from the great things he has done since the 1960’s having worked with Dr.Ephraim Amu and other musical giants, Professor Nketia is one person whose demise is a big blow to the music industry and the nation at large.”
He also added that he is very confident that the Musicians Union Ghana (MUSIGA) will be a principal stakeholder and participant in the celebration of the life of the legend.
“I feel strongly that the Musicians Union of Ghana will be a key player in this celebration that will be organized for him.”
Professor Emeritus Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia was born on June 22, 1921 at Mampong, then a little town in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He received his first musical education, and eventually trained as a teacher at the Presbyterian Training college in Akropong Akwapin, where he later taught and was appointed as acting Principal in 1952.
Story by: Hope Akpabli|universnewsroom.com