Mr. Jewel Kofi Ackah, without a doubt one of the greatest high-life musician in Ghana, is among the very few successful legendary Nzema Musicians.
He was born in 1945 at Axim to Egya Emmanuel Ackah (Father) and Ɛmɔ Cecilia Dye (Mother).
He started his education at the Axim Roman Catholic primary school (the famous school Dr. Kwame Nkrumah served as a Teacher) and completed in Takoradi in 1963.
Jewel started life as a footballer, but for his love of Music and ensembles, he joined a traditional drumming team to learn more to in other to fulfil his full potential.
Young Jewel Ackah whiles with this group of traditional drummers, excelled greatly. This caught the attention of one of Ghana`s renowned musical legend Mr. Ebo Tailor, they both worked together for some long period.
In his prime, he rocked shoulders in performance with Music legends the like of Elgrand Kwofie, C.K. Mann and Jos Akins as the master of the band. Performing alongside Pat Thomas and A.B. Crentsil.
Jewel Ackah switched from the normal high life songs to Gospel Music which was in the very early stages. His continuous promotion of the early stage of Gospel music earned the popularization and eventual success of the Gospel music in the republic of Ghana.
Jewel Ackah recorded his first master piece of an Album in the year 1974 which was named ‘Gyaki. Mea’ (Nzema) It was a huge hit which earned him several enviable awards nationwide.
Over a remarkable career, Jewel Ackah has over 27 albums including his 1986 album, Electric Hi-Life to his credit and some classic songs such as;
- Asomdowoe Hene,
- Super Pawa
- I’m in the Mood
- London Connection
- Joyce Sane Bra, and Me Wo Bi, among others made great hit songs.
Jewel Ackah is also known in the political scenes of Ghana, and is credited for his composition of the priceless anthem for the National Democratic Congress titled “Arise Arise”.
Travelling from one place to place including settling in Europe and America, Jewel Ackah finally returned to his motherland.
The now 73-year old highlife legend after battling stroke and other illnesses for some years passed away at his home in the late hours of Friday April 27, 2018.
Funeral service was held in Tema where he lived, his remains laid to rest in Axim, his birth town.
It is the prayers of the Nzema Youth Association that; the Good Lord Rest the soul of Egya Jewel Ackah in Peace. Our heartfelt condolences to his immediate family and the entire community.
Egya Jewel Ackah, Daboɛ!
—Filed by Nuhu Mohammed