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Tributes pour in for veteran Ghanaian actor Waakye

Waakye has appeared in films such as 'Diabolo,' 'Babina,' 'Obra,' and 'Chorkor Trotro,' a Ghanaian comedy series that aired on TV3 in the early 2000s

Tributes are pouring in from fellow actors and media personalities following the death of legendary actor Prince Yawson, also known as Waakye, on Tuesday (2 August).

Waakye has appeared in films such as ‘Diabolo,’ ‘Babina,’ ‘Obra,’ and ‘Chorkor Trotro,’ a Ghanaian comedy series that aired on TV3 in the early 2000s.

Waakye, 52, rose to prominence in the early 2000s as the star of some of the comedy films.

Grace Omaboe, also known as Maame Dokono, told Graphic Showbiz that, “the previous Sunday, which was July 24, our colleague Charles Ampofo invited us to his 70th birthday thanksgiving service. It was myself, Waakye and a few staff of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.”

According to her, “We were all in white and had a great time at church, after which we went to a restaurant for refreshment.”

“Waakye said he wouldn’t eat there but will take his food home but he was okay. Then the following week on a Monday, Charles Ampofo called to say Waakye has stroke and was on admission at the 37 Military Hospital.”

“I planned to go and visit him today after going for my regular check-up only to hear that he has passed on. I don’t know what to do to myself, I am shattered. We have been fighting to bring Obra back on the screens and Waakye has been at the forefront of this course. I am so sad,” she stated.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, award-winning actor Van Vicker, mentioned that he met his late colleague a number of times, adding that he loved his exceptional talent that kept movie lovers entertained.

Veteran actor Fred Amugi said on Pluzz FM, “For the past three to four years, his health hasn’t been so good, but we didn’t expect him to leave so soon. We have lost a great gem. He was so humble and down to earth. We will sorely miss him.”

Film producer, Socrate Safo said the news was very shocking.

“This is shocking to all of us, we know he has been sick and some of us have been trying to support him behind the scenes.”

Watch his role as ‘Baba’ in Chorkor Trotro: 

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