Women’s rights activists group Pepper dem says the death of popular female dancehall artiste Ebony Reigns will remain a black Thursday for many Ghanaians.
In a statement, the group says the artiste, born Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng was a vibrant lady with a great purpose in life to overcome all odds.
Saddened by her death, but encouraged by her life and career, the group says the young musician has impacted her generation, notwithstanding the short time she had to spend on earth.
The following is the full statement;
PEPPER DEM MINISTRIES STATEMENT ON THE PASSING ON OF EBONY REIGNS.
We stand in mourning with the good people of Ghana on the shocking demise of the fast and promising Ghanaian female artist, Ebony Reigns.
Ebony lost her life in a gory accident on Thursday, Feb 8 and that day will forever remain a Black Thursday for us at Pepper Dem Ministries and for many Ghanaians.
As an organization, we are deeply saddened but also encouraged by her life and career, no matter how short it may have been.
Ebony was a young, vibrant and purposed lady whose daring take on life provides a unique example for many young Ghanaian women.
She constantly challenged and disrupted the status quo, this encourages us to do even more.
We will like to extend our deepest condolences to her family especially her father who played an undeniable role in her successful career. Our sincere condolences also go to her management, friends and loved ones and also to the family and friends of Franky and Lance Corporal Atsu who also lost their lives alongside Ebony.
As devastating as this loss is, we would like to encourage all Ghanaians to learn from Ebony’s life.
Ebony took charge of her dreams at a very early stage in unconventional ways, dropping out of school to pursue her passion. And while at it, she never for once gave in to the backlash that seemed to surpass her support.
In all of this, Ebony held on to the quality and goodwill of her fan base and persevered.
But for this unfortunate incident, she stood the chance of enjoying a very promising career in Ghana and beyond.
As an organization whose gender advocacy focuses on toxic gender narratives and stereotypes, Ebony embodied our goals effortlessly in her own way and held a dear spot in our hearts. She spoke, sang and performed on our behalf and on that of many young Ghanaian women in very unique ways.
Through her singing, she probed, questioned, challenged and made all of us uncomfortable with our social conventions in subtle ways. She dared to be different, free and true to herself. She owned her happiness in a world that prescribed happiness, especially for women.
As an organization, we’d like to bask in her contribution to the cause and carry on with the work she’s began.
Ebony will forever remain in our hearts, we soldier on knowing an ancestor came and lived amongst us.
Ebony, Damri fa due.
Due. Due Ne Amanehunu.