8 Ghanaian Showbiz Personalities Been In Jail Before
Nana Akwasi Agyemang, aka G-man was then one of Ghana’s finest dancers and musicians. He could play the piano, drums, and guitar. He released four albums between 1986 and 1992. His greatest hit ‘Highlife in G major’ was released in the 1986. In a scuffle with a taxi driver in the 1995, he shot the driver. He insists that he
never meant to kill the taxi driver but only intended to threaten him to force him to “reverse a curse the driver had placed” on him and his friend Abieku Nyame, alias Jagger P. He was also sentenced to death by hanging in 1995 but was released after a presidential pardon was granted to him in the 2009 by then President Agyekum Kufuor. G-man spent 14 years in jail. He is currently a pastor.
The hghlife musician Daasebre Gyamenah was jailed in 2006 in the United Kingdom for possessing substances suspected to be cocaine when he disembarked from his British Airways flight from the Accra. Reports from the Heathrow Airport indicated that their routine checks on the passengers arriving at the airport, customs officials, aided by sniffer dogs then picked out the suitcase of the Ghanaian musician.
According to a spokesman for the Customs and Excise at the Heathrow Airport in the London, Mr Bob Geiger, Gyamena had in his possession, two kilograms of the suspected substance, which was concealed in his suitcase. He said the street value of the substance was about £100,000.
Mr Gyamenah was then subsequently charged for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the UK and was also arraigned before the Uxbridge Magistrate’s court in London. He spent 11 months in prison. Gyamenah came into the limelight with his hit song, “Kokooko” in 1999 and has a number of other hit songs. He was released from jail in 2007. He died on July 27, 2016.
Hiplife musician, Kwaw Kese, was jailed in 2014 for smoking cannabis in public. High Court judge, William Boampong, sentenced Kwaw Kese to a day in jail and ordered him to pay a fine of GH¢1,200. Kwaw Kese paid the fine and served the one-day jail sentence.
Mr Ibrahim Sima was the Chief Executive Officer of the Exopa Modelling Agency. He was convicted by an Accra Fast Track High Court in the September 2011 for possessing and attempting to export 4.9 kilogrammes of cocaine concealed in four tubers of yam. He died at the Nsawam prison where he was serving a 15 year jail term for trafficking narcotics. Prior to his death, Sima had complained of a headache. He died on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at the Police Hospital where he was rushed to.
Isaac Abeiku Aidoo
Chief Executive Officer of Goodies Music Production, Isaac Abeiku Aidoo, was sentenced to 13 years in prison with hard labour by an Accra Circuit Court for attempting to export 80 pellets of cocaine to London after he changed his plea to guilty.
The trial came to an abrupt end when, in his defence, he apologised and prayed the court, presided over by Mahamadu Iddrisu, to deal leniently with him as he had never intended to engage in any drug business. The trial judge did not waste time in sentencing the accused person, known in showbiz circles as Goodies, to 13 years each on two counts of possessing and attempted exportation of narcotic drug without lawful authority.
The sentences were to run concurrently. Mr. Aidoo was released from the Nsawam Prison on Tuesday, December 23, 2014. Renamed Goodies Music International (GMI), the record label is now headquartered in Belgium, even though it is also well-grounded in Ghana.
Ghanaian musician, Akyampong, popularly known as Deeba, shot to fame during the early days of hiplife with his hit tune ‘Deeba’. He was arrested by Interpol after a long search, for allegedly defiling the eight 8 year old daughter of his fiancée in the United Kingdom, between 2006 and 2008. A legal document in relation to this
case mentioned that Deeba returned to Ghana from the United Kingdom after living in the UK with his fiancée, with whom he has two biological kids. It was during his two-year stay in the United Kingdom (2006-2008) that he allegedly committed this inhumane act on the girl before fleeing to Ghana.
In the 2010, William Ramzy Amui, aka Ramzy, the first runner-up in the first edition of the music reality show, Stars of the Future, was sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labour by the Tema High Court, presided over by Justice Peter Offei. Ramzy and eight others pleaded guilty to the charges of conspiracy, armed robbery, and
dishonesty receiving under Article 29, Clause 146 of the criminal code. His counsel, Capt Nkrabea Effah-Darteh, was not in court on the day of sentencing. Prosecuting the case, the state attorney, Ms. Hilda Worwonyo, told the court that the complainant in the case, Mrs. Cynthia Koda, a Tema-based businesswoman, on January 23
2007, reported an armed robbery attack to the Tema Regional Police and according to Ms. Worwonyo, the complainant also said her 4×4 Toyota Hylander, with the registration number GT 6409X and an amount of GHS300, were taken from her at gunpoint at her shop in Community 11 the previous evening. He was released on December 29, 2017. Ramzy, who is now a minister of God, has songs like ‘Ekemi Ye’ and ‘Asumdwee’.
Richard Kwabena, aka Shaka Zulu, then bouncer and a popular face on the television, was jailed in 2013 by an Accra High Court for robbery. Shaka Zulu was then sentenced by the Court, along with three others, to 30 years in prison each for robbery. They were said to have violently robbed a businessman, Clever Omwarihiren, at gunpoint at the Baatsona on the Spintex Road in Accra.
Shaka Zulu and also his accomplices; Wise Gray, alias Biggie; Abass Baba, a trader and also Paul Owusu, alias School Fees, a draughtsman, were all found guilty and each handed 15 years for conspiracy to commit a crime and also 15 years each for robbery, after the trial judge, Justice Charles Quist, found them guilty of the offence.