Veteran highlife musician, Amakye Dede has been installed a chief at Agogo in the Asante Akim North Municipal area of the Ashanti Region.
An honorary chieftaincy title was conferred on the musician on New Year’s Day, January 1.
The title was conferred on him by the Omanhene of Asante Akim Agogo, Nana Kwame Akuoko Sarpong.
The Iron Boy hit singer was given the stool name Berima Okyeredom Amakye Dede I.
According to the Agogohene, they bestowed the title on Amakye Dede because he is a crowd-puller and exceptional singer who has won numerous accolades for himself and Agogo.
Amakye Dede in his acceptance speech said: “I want to assure nananom that I will take my responsibility very seriously and I will do everything to uphold the dignity of this office and I will not let you down in any undertakings.”
Born on January 5, 1958 in Agogo, Asante Akim, Amakye Dede attended Agogo Roman School.
He began his career in 1973 when he joined the Kumapim Royals as a composer and vocalist. This band, led by Akwasi Ampofo Agyei (AAA), had hits such as ‘Abebi Bewua Eso’, ‘Wanware Me A’, ‘Odo Mani Agyina’, and the seminal ‘Ohohoo Batani’.
Amakye Dede moved to Nigeria where he produced his hit ‘Jealousy go shame’ song.
He then formed his own band, the Apollo High Kings, in 1980. He dominated the highlife scene in the 1980s and 1990s and has continued to make hit songs. He has headlined so many concerts locally and internationally.
See photos of the installation below: