Nana Ampadu never managed me – Akosua Agyapong

Ghanaian musician, Akosua Agyapong, has refuted long-held assertion by many that legendary Highlife musician Nana Ampadu served as her manager in the 1990s.

According to the ‘Born Again’ hitmaker, she had a cordial relationship with the acclaimed King of musicians but he never managed her.

She told Agyemang Prempeh on the Legends programme on TV XYZ that the ‘Obra’ hit singer was a father to her and he was the reason she was able to pursue her dream to become a professional musician.

The former member of defunct Nakorex music group divulged her mother opposed her decision to venture into full time music after secondary school.

Her mother being an ardent listener of Ampadu’s songs she (Akosua Agyapong) invited the singer to her house to persuade her mother.

“In 1980, HIV/AIDS has emerged the Ministry of Health called on composers to churn out a song about it. I partaked. Over one thousand people partaked, the best ten were shortlisted. I was part. We held the finals of finals at Orion Cinema. I went with Tarata. K. K. Kabobo played the drums. Tarata recruited the group and they supported me. Those days our national theater was the Art Centre.”

“At Orion Cinema I met Nana Ampadu and Paapa Ysnkson. I placed third [in the competition] Nana Ampadu was like “who’s this child who competes with the elders” Nana Ampadu was first, Paapa Yanskon second,” the mother-of-six narrated.

She added that, “I didn’t meet Nana until the issue with my mother came up. I went to him lamenting there’s fire burning in my house. My mom says she won’t allow me to do music. I understood my mom those days they had a perception those into music have nothing better doing.”

“When Nana arrived my mom was extremely happy. She agreed to produce my first album,” Akosua Agyapong said.

Although the singer known for chart-topping songs like ‘Frema’, ‘Meye Obaa’, ‘Born Again’, ‘Anetuo’, etc, admits Nana Ampadu guided and contributed to her maiden album, she maintains he never managed her.

“Nana never managed me. He gave me my freedom. I sold my cassette myself, negotiated deals. He never managed me,” she stressed.

By: Bernard Ralph Adams/mypowerfmonline.com/Ghana

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