VIDEO: “I was not discovered by Nana Ampadu” – Akosua Agyapong reveals

One of the most beautiful songstresses and highlife legends, Akosua Agyapong has cleared the air concerning how she met highlife legend, Nana Ampadu.

Akosua Agyapong, in a telephone conversation with the host of Entertainment Zone show, Barrister Daniels, revealed that she was the one who rather approached the highlife legend, Nana Ampadu, who later played an instrumental role in her career.

According to the “Frema” crooner, Nana Ampadu played a very significant role in her musical career both as a father became her mentor after she approached him during a performance at a Ministry of Health competition in 1988. The competition sought to use music as a didactic medium of communication to educate Ghanaians on the deadly nature of the HIV/AIDS virus.

“Nana Kwame Ampadu didn’t discover me. I was the one who rather approached him. in 1988, there was a talent hunt competition that was held by the Ministry of Health to help educate people on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. As part of the competition, we were supposed to write a song and perform on any theme concerning HIV/AIDS. I was fortunate to be part of the final ten, who were later sent to Rio Cinema to square it off in the grand finale”.

Nana Ampadu did not discover Akosua
Ghanaian Highlife legend, Nana Ampadu.

She therefore spoke about how their relationship as a father and daughter started. According to Akosua Agyapong, she had not started doing music commercially and professionally. She only loved to be in the creative arts by default before she met Nana Ampadu.

During the final stages of the competition, she mentioned that she met other professional musicians like Paapa Yankson, Adofo, Nana Ampadu and other well celebrated Ghanaian musicians at the time taking part in the same competition.

Placing third at the competition, amidst all these professional musicians, Nana Ampadu took her into her fold and made a lot of impact in her music career.

“At the grand finale, I met Paapa Yankson, Adofo, and my godfather, Nana Ampadu as co-contestants. In fact, Nana Ampadu was very astonished I came third. As at that time, I was doing music as a profession” she stated.


However, things did not go as planned, her mother became quite volatile against her newfound love, her musical career. As a result, she had to seek the help of Nana Ampadu who played a mediatory role between her mother who was vehemently against her career.

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Finally, in 1989, after several interactions between Nana Ampadu and her mother, her mother softened her stands and even contributed in the making of her debut album “Frema”.


“After the competition, my mother was against my music career and had complained bitterly about it. So I quickly run to Nana Ampadu to intercede for me. Finally, in 1989, Nana Ampadu spoke with my mother and convinced her to allow me do music. Interestingly, my mother also paid off my studio fees to aid me to release my first album”.

Clearing and straightening a lot of misconceptions, she revealed that their group, NAKOREX which was formed in 1991 hasn’t stopped functioning. They are still a solid group although, they have all solo passions to follow, hence when it is time for a group performance, they are obliged to honour it.


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