#SafeMotorway4All: Five Celebrities Who Died In A Car Crash

Poorly maintained roads in Ghana are the main contributors to the rampant rise of car crashes

Roads in Ghana deteriorate to the point where they become dangerous, especially poorly maintained roads, which cause vehicles going at the rated speed to go out of control.

Asaase 99.5 Accra has commenced a public interest campaign series that will spotlight the importance of maintaining critical infrastructure and citizens’ power in bringing about change.

The campaign promises to bring critical attention to an issue that affects the lives of many Ghanaians, starting with the Accra-Tema Motorway.

Additionally, potholes, uneven road surfaces, broken concrete, exposed rebar, sinkholes, and road cracks are some of the predominant causes of colliding vehicles.

Here is a list of five Ghanaian celebrities who lost their lives due to road accidents:

 Kwame Owusu Ansah

 Kwame Owusu Ansah was a Ghanaian radio broadcaster and teacher who later transitioned into acting. He established himself in the Ghanaian film industry by frequently working with Nigerian actors and playing pivotal roles in Ghanaian movies.

Kwame Owusu Ansah died on the Tema Motorway in Accra on 2 May 2008, from injuries suffered in a car crash.Before his death in 2008, the 52-year-old actor appeared in about 60 films, including several Nigerian films.

 Vybrant Faya

 Dancehall artist Emmanuel Kojo Quayeson, better known by his stage name as Vybrant Faya, died on Sunday, (23 October 2016) after he was involved in an accident on the Tema Motorway.

The ‘Mampi’ hitmaker died tragically when he was knocked down by a motorbike and was pronounced dead at 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

 Suzzy Williams

Ghanaian television and film actor, Suzzy Williams died in a car crash 8 September 2005, aged 23. She starred in films such as Bloody Mary, Calamity, The Comforter and Mother’s Heart.

Her career as an actor was launched through the African hit film Together Forever, with a screenplay by US-based Ghanaian producer and screenwriter Leila Djansi.

Terry Bonchaka

In 2003, Terry Bonchaka died in a car accident on his way home from a musical performance at the University of Ghana.

Terry Bonchaka was just 21 years old when he died tragically. His death was a tragic event in the country’s history.

 Ebony Reigns

Priscilla Opoku Agyemang, best known by her stage name Ebony Reigns, was a Ghanaian national treasure who was adored by Ghanaians and fans from all over the world.

On the 8 February 2018, news of the young singer’s death saddened music fans and the entire country. Ebony died when she was 20 years old.

The cause of death for this lovely soul we all lost in 2018 was a terrible car accident. In the hearts of fans, Ebony always reigns supreme.

 About campaign

 The Accra-Tema Motorway is an essential artery for Ghana’s economy, linking the largest port in the country with the capital city.

However, years of neglect and a lack of maintenance have left the N1 in a state of disrepair, leading to accidents and traffic congestion.

In line with #SeeSomethingSaySomething and the government’s efforts to urge all  Ghanaians to be active “citizens, not spectators,” the #SafeMotorway4All campaign will identify key challenges to the smooth working of the N1 and push for action to address them.

Credit: Asaase Radio



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