Ghanaian rapper, Kwame Ametepe Tsikata widely known as M.anifest has disclosed that he has been tasked with writing the obituary for his celebrated grandfather Emeritus Professor Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia.
Considered Africa’s premier musicologist, the renowned professor passed away on Wednesday, March 13 at age 97.
He will be given a state burial on Saturday, May 4, preceded by a pre-burial service at the Forecourt of the State House.
M.anifest in a post to his social media pages said he was thrilled with the opportunity, although he was unqualified to do the job.
He posted: "In the last few days I have unraveled & woven together many missing pieces of my family history - on my mother's side. All this made possible by my current job as my Grandpa's obituary writer. A job I'm absolutely unqualified for but e dey be to do it all the same 🤷🏿♂️✍🏿📜".
Professor J.H. Nketiah was born on June, 22,1921 at Asante Mampong. He had over 200 publications and 80 musical compositions to his credit.
He was the first African Director at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, and received awards including the Cowell Award of the African Music Society, Companion of the Order of Star of Ghana, Grand Medal of the Government of Ghana, and the Africanist Award of the African Studies Association of the USA for life long devotion to African Studies.