VGMA Honours SK Ampiah, Francis Kwakye

Francis Kwakye (left) receiving his award from Bessa Simons


The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) has honoured two exceptional individuals, Elder SK Ampiah and Francis Kwakye, with the prestigious Titan Award at the National Music Summit 2023.

This award is a testament to their immense contributions to the development and growth of the music industry in Ghana.

Both Elder SK Ampiah and Francis Kwakye have dedicated their lives to elevating the music industry, and their efforts have not gone unnoticed.

The event happened at La Palm Beach Hotel on June 21, 2023, in commemoration of World Music Day.

Elder SK Ampiah has played a pivotal role in the gospel music industry. As a writer, instrumentalist and singer, his music compositions have been the true vehicles for praise and worship over decades.

He’s composed over 200 songs over five decades, including ‘Onyame Tumfo’ (God Almighty), ‘Onyame Yɛ Nyame Kɛse’ (God is a great God), ‘Yesu Ne Wu’ (The Death of Jesus), ‘Me twere ɔbotan bi’ (I lean on a particular rock), ‘Mmo Yesu’ (Well Done, Jesus).

It is common knowledge that his songs are performed in almost every Christian gathering in the country as praise and worship.

Similarly, Francis Kwakye has made significant contributions to the music industry through his relentless efforts since 1969.

For 54 years his dedication, commitment and selflessness to sound engineering in the Ghana music industry has known no bounds, working with virtually all legends and A-list artistes in Ghana, and providing services for entertainment shows across the nation and internationally.

The VGMA Titan Award serves as an inspiration to others in the industry, encouraging them to strive for excellence and make a positive impact.

It also highlights the importance of recognising and honouring individuals who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of the music industry.

The event was hosted by Andy Dosty with performances from Prince Hakeem, Indigenous Band and Nii Tete Tetteh & the Tendaan Muzik.