Seventy (70) year old Highlife legend, Jewel Ackah, in an exclusive interview with Kofi TV recently, alleged that the opposition party NDC of which he once composed a party song for and performed on several of their campaign platforms, has neglected him, now that he is old, sick, and in dire financial crisis.
Jewel Ackah in this same interview, said (something he has said in the past) that his music career crushed as a result of composing song for NDC.
According to him, many people stopped buying his records, and attending his concerts, especially in Kumasi – a densely populated NPP territory.
Due to this, Mr. Ackah feels he sacrificed his music career for the bigger cause of the NDC and for that, the party should provide and celebrate him at all times – a gesture which has not meet his wildest expectation.
However, some facts on record, do not support Mr. Ackah’s claim of total neglect by NDC and must be stated for fairness sack. Presspeep.com chanced on a publication done just last year (2016) by site, Ghanapoliticsonline.com and Ghanacreativearts.com, in which a youth wing of the party, made donations to Mr. Jewel Ackah.
Perhaps, those who donate money to Mr. Ackah, may consider investing it into something that can yield returns to feed him till death – else he may come back to appeal for financial support.
Its also on record that the National Democratic congress honoured jewel ackah and 55 other founders .
NDC honours Jewel Ackah, 55 Others
Only yesterday, Saturday, 12th August, 2017, Zylofon media donated a whopping 10, 000 dollars to Jewel Ackah.
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An NDC youth group, Diplomatic Platform has presented assorted food items including an unspecified amount of cash meant to put smiles on the face of the ace Ghanaian highlife musician, Jewel Kofi Ackah whose immense contribution to the NDC has propelled the party into greater heights.
Picture after donating to Mr. Ackah
The items includes 3 bags of rice, carton of corned beef, a carton of milo, a carton of milk, 3 boxes of water, a box of sardine, a gallon of oil, 3 boxes of tuna flakes and 3 boxes of Don Simon fruit Juice.
The group showed the appreciation when they paid a courtesy call on him at his residence located in Tema Community 3, within Tema metropolis last Saturday August, 1
Diplomatic Platform administrator, Julius Logass, who spoke on behalf of the group during the presentation, disclosed the donation amounts to a little token the group intended to cushion him meet his daily supply of needs for his invaluable contribution towards the party over the years.
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“This is just a little kindness in our quest to support you as great musician whose achievements have turned the fortunes of the party around. We deem it fit as a group in our own small way to show our burning love for a man who laid down his life for the youth of the great NDC party and helped to win power” he stated.
Mrs Obuobia Opoku-Darko, a leading member of the group who presented the items on behalf of the group noted the legendary musician was a gem whose effort has kept them as a youth going in difficult times of the party, coupled with his melodious tune which made the party’s favorite anthem, propelled the country into victory in 2012.
“On a day like this, we thought it wise to come here and show a little appreciation of our love for Jewel Ackah, a highlife musician of no mean-repute, a man who stood behind pushing most of us up when we were down, to wish him well for his love, support and care for the party.
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“It is our hope that it’ll go a long way to put a smile on his face and that of his family. May God richly bless him and grant him good health throughout his entire lifetime” she noted.
Receiving the items, the renowned highlife artiste, Jewel, thanked the group for their kind gesture. He urged the group members to be steadfast and serve the party with loyalty in both good and bad as reflection of love for the party which he himself has demonstrated for the party over the years.
Jewel Ackah was the famous musician who composed the NDC anthem, “Arise Arise’” in the year 2008. The highlife icon was one of the many musicians who popularized highlife music in the 1980s and 1990s.
His sweet voice and enticing Fante Lyrics made him and exceptional artist. After years in the highlife scene, he found Christ and shifted to gospel music in the late 1990. Jewel Ackah has over 27 albums to his credit and he is married with six children.