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General News Sun, 19 Nov 2017

KABA’S death is a big blow to us - GJA

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), has said the death of ace broadcaster and host of Asempa FM’s Asempa FM’s late afternoon political show, Eko Sii Sen, Kwadwo Asare-Baffour Acheampong, popularly known as KABA, is a big blow to the Association and the country.

“It is in such sense of irredeemable loss that the GJA expresses its deepest condolences to the bereaved family, especially his wife, Valentina Ofori Afriyie and little daughter, Nana Yaa, as well as the entire Multimedia family,” GJA said in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Kofi Yeboah.

Popularly called KABA, Kwadwo Asare-Baffour Acheampong died on Saturday, November 18, 2017 after he was rushed to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

The cause of his sudden demise is unknown, but there are reports he may have suffered some form of attack from a health condition.

President Akufo-Addo, his Vice, former president John Mahama among other recognized individuals, have all expressed their condolence in separate comments.

GJA in the statement eulogized the late KABA describing him as “astute broadcast journalist whose popular political programme Ekosii Sen on Asempa FM helped to expand the frontiers of freedom of expression and also deepen the country’s fledgling democracy.”

“He was very open-minded and fair to all persons who featured on his programmes, a unique disposition that endeared him to participants and listeners, irrespective of their political, social, religious and ethnic orientation,” the statement added.

The ace broadcaster was among a group of selected senior journalists, who joined President Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House this year, to ask him questions about critical national issues in his first press encounter since he became President.

About KABA

KABA has been with Asempa FM since 2008. 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.

He married Valentina Ofori Afriyie [in June 2016], a staff of Accra-based Class FM, who had moved from Radio Gold.

They welcomed their first baby girl a few months ago.



Below is the full statement by the GJA

GJA CONSOLES BEREAVED FAMILY OF KWADWO ASARE BAFFOUR ACHEAMPONG OF ACCRA-BASED ASEMPA FM FAME

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is utterly shocked to hear the sudden death of ace broadcast journalist, Kwabena Asare Baffour Acheampong, popularly known as KABA, of Accra-based Asempa FM and Adom FM & TV. He was reported to have died in the early hours of Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra after a short illness.

KABA was a very astute broadcast journalist whose popular political programme Ekosi Sen on

Asempa FM helped to expand the frontiers of freedom of expression and also deepen the country’s fledgling democracy.

He was very open-minded and fair to all persons who featured on his programmes, a unique disposition that endeared him to participants and listeners, irrespective of their political, social, religious and ethnic orientation.

Upon hearing the shocking demise of KABA, the GJA immediately dispatched a national executive member to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in the early hour of that fateful day to confirm the story.

Later on Saturday, the GJA representative was also at the residence of KABA to commiserate with the family and also participate in a meeting between the Management of the Multimedia Group and the bereaved family to discuss plans for the one week celebration of our departed brother.

Indeed, the death of KABA is a big blow to the Multimedia Group, the GJA and Ghana as a whole. It is in such sense of irredeemable loss that the GJA expresses its deepest condolences to the bereaved family, especially his wife, Valentina Ofori Afriyie and little daughter, Nana Yaa, as well as the entire Multimedia family. The Association wishes to pledge its continuous support to the organization of the funeral of KABA in order to give him a befitting burial.

There is no doubt that KABA has paid his dues to journalism in Ghana and served his country so well. The GJA believes his death is only divine. And so in this grieving moment, and in utmost solemnity and sobriety, the GJA calls on all friends, families and loved ones to reflect on the good works of KABA in order to take a cue from them, rather than allow the pain of loss to overwhelm their thoughts and utterances.

Kofi Yeboah

(General Secretary)

Source: citifmonline.com
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