KABA Is Dead! Leaves 7 Months Baby With Wife
It has been officially confirmed that Kwadwo Asare Baffuor Acheampong (KABA), host of ‘Ekosii Sen’, a popular afternoon political talk show on Asempa FM is dead.
He died on Saturday morning at the age of 37, leaving behind a 7-month-old baby and his new wife, Valentina, a woman he married in June last year. The affable journalist is the only child of his mother.
Cause of KABA’s death has not been officially stated but Captain Smart, a senior college journalist of the deceased has mentioned “low blood sugar”.
Captain Smart told Peace FM’s Kwesi Aboagye that KABA reported for work as usual last Friday but complained he was not feeling well and requested to be allowed to go home.
He was assisted to his home and then later to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital on same Friday only for the news of his sudden death to be announced Saturday morning.
News of KABA’s sudden death early Saturday at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra sent shockwaves throughout the country as his listeners who cut across the society, home and abroad, posted messages on various social media platforms to condole the family.
Tributes have been pouring in from people from all walks of life.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo described the late KABA as one of the ‘excellent journalists’ in the country.
The President, posted on his Twitter handle: “Shocked by the news of @Kojokaba’s death. Undoubtedly one of the most talented journalists of his generation. Condolences to his wife, family and Multimedia.
Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia in a post on Facebook, expressed shock at the news of the death of the broadcaster.
He wrote: “I have learnt with shock, the sudden demise of Joseph Kwadwo Asare-Baffuor Acheampong (KABA) of Asempa FM and the Multimedia Group. May God give his widow, family and the entire media fraternity, the fortitude to bear this painful loss.”
Former President John Dramani Mahama also in Facebook post described KABA’s sudden death as a “A sad day for us all.”
“Received the shocking news of the passing of KABA. My condolences to the family, MBG [Multimedia Group] and the media fraternity,” he added.
Ade Coke, Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said “When I heard that such a colossus like this has fallen, to be honest with you, I couldn’t believe it because good men rather die young and it’s unfortunate that such a fine gentleman with a lot ahead of him should just kick the bucket at a very early age” he said.
Sulemana Braimah, the Executive Director of the media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) among other things said “…He was passionate about journalism and radio, I liked him for that. We truly have lost a great young man and a gem in our media.”
Several people have been trooping the residence of the late broadcaster to pay tribute to him.
Meanwhile, the management of the Multimedia Group Limited, operators of Asempa FM, would hold a memorial service this morning, November 20, for their departed presenter.
The service is scheduled to take place at 6 am at the Forecourt of Multimedia’s Radio building, which houses Joy FM, Adom FM, Asempa FM and Hitz FM.
Staff, as well as loved ones of the late talented broadcaster, are expected to be seated by 5.30 am and the dress code is black.
KABA joined Asempa FM in 2008 as a service provider and became full time in August 2009. Prior to joining the Multimedia Group, KABA had worked with Top Radio from 2004 – 2008.
The broadcaster was a trained teacher at the University of Cape Coast after which he moved to the Ghana Institute of Journalism for Communications Studies.
He later enrolled at the University of Ghana to study Political Science. KABA had also hosted Adom TV’s Morning Show on Multi TV.
The ace broadcaster, was among a group of selected senior journalists, who joined the President at the Flagstaff House this year, to ask him questions about critical national issues.
Source: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson/ thePublisher