Kwadwo Akwaboah Snr, the father of contemporary highlife singer Akwaboah Jnr, has been reported deceased. Akwaboah, previously signed to SarkCess Music owned by Sarkodie, took to Twitter to express his grief, simply stating, ‘RIP Daddy,’ without providing further details regarding his father’s passing.
Kwadwo Akwaboah Snr, renowned for his timeless hit song ‘Awerekyekyere’ released over two decades ago, collaborated with Akwaboah Jnr on a recent remix of the track. The remastered version, featuring a superbly recorded studio performance, garnered significant attention and received extensive airplay.
Prior to his unfortunate demise, the highlife legend had lost his eyesight. In a radio interview in 2020, he revealed the circumstances surrounding his vision loss. Kwadwo Akwaboah Snr mentioned waking up one morning and noticing a blood spot in his right eye.
“I woke up one day after playing with a band and realised that my right eye had blood spot on it,” he said. “So, I visited my doctor who gave me an eye drop to use. But after using for some time, it didn’t work.”
Despite seeking medical attention and using prescribed eye drops, his condition did not improve.
Recalling his experience during an interview on TV XYZ, Kwadwo Akwaboah Snr shared his journey of seeking alternative treatments. Frustrated by the lack of progress, he turned to traditional medicine in Ghana, placing greater trust in it than conventional approaches. Regrettably, his vision continued to deteriorate even after consulting herbalists and spiritual leaders. He believed that spiritual forces played a role in his blindness but remained hopeful of regaining his sight in the future.
Acknowledging his son’s support, Kwadwo Akwaboah Snr expressed gratitude for the substantial financial assistance provided by Akwaboah Jnr. However, he also expressed concern about burdening his son, acknowledging that the constant reliance on him for his needs was not sustainable. Despite the financial aid, he felt it was unfair to continually depend on his son and refrained from doing so.
“To be honest, my son has been providing all the financial support since I arrived in Ghana. He is just a little, so I can’t always rely on him for my needs. He always checks up on me and sends me money. I’ve never lacked funds, but I feel I can’t burden him with my own struggles.”