It is exactly a week today that one of the most courageous and unassuming Broadcasters in Ghana for years , Kwadwo Asare Barfuor A.K.A KABA died. The ace broadcaster KABA has signed off for good.
He had a great intelligence and a rare talent. KABA's rich tones, quick wit and easy grasp of a vast array of subject matter in politics made him a one-stop shop for what was going on in Ghana , whether on Aempa Fm’s flagship current affairs program “ Ekosiii Sen ‘ Adom Fm’s “ Dwaso Nsem ’ or Adom Tv’s Badwam , a medium he took to like a fish to water.
But now, the stream has run dry. At 37, KABA has finally succumbed to the ladder which every mortal man is bound to climb.
I have known for some time even though we have not worked closely together except a few times I happen to appear on his show , in my time as an MP for Mfantsiman West and Deputy Majority Chief Whip, and we did so by respecting the professional and the partisan boundaries of each other in my case as a politician and he a journalist .
We all came to respect him as a young man trying to maintain a high level of professionalism in an industry many have found it difficult not to betray their political biases.
He always showed respect to me and I readily returned the sentiment. He was one who would happily give you the opportunity to express and explain your point of view, he was a decent fellow, Calm but lethal.
He knew how to maintain his programme to be the best afternoon show, No wonder he picked up an award as the Best afternoon show host at the just ended RTP Awards.
I knew KABA to be among the most religious persons in the Media landscape as he and I worship with the Church of Pentecost ,no wonder earlier news report had it that he had his crisis whilst at an all-night session which his mother came out later to refute.
I have of many conspiracy theories surrounding his death but that is the Ghanaian society for you nobody dies of natural occurrence .
The beautiful tributes will flow through streams of tears and, a little down the line, we will move on as the tears dry up but his memory will forever linger on.
There is a lot that we can learn from the deep contribution he made to Ghana’s democracy in his time with us. He left a very big gap in Ghana’s body politic and broadcasting and the national response to his death should inspire others to be fair in their line of work.
Adiu !!! KABA ,Da Yie!!!
Hon . George Kuntu Blankson
Former Deputy Majority Chief Whip and MP for Ekumfi.