Philipa Baafi was born in Kumasi on May 15, 1980, the first of three children born to Ms Grace Acheampong, a trader, and Mr Akwasi Baafi, who was domiciled in Germany, both of blessed memory.
She started school at the Kings International School, before continuing at St Monica’s, where she was the Girls’ Prefect, the President of the Scripture Union and the Science Club.
Philipa is full of gratitude to her aunt, Ms Felicia Acheampong, who took care of her and her two siblings when their parents died. She has gospel divas, Amy Newman of Ghana and Rebecca Malope of South Africa, as her local and international role models, respectively.
Philipa Baafi began her ministry at a tender age of nine when she was discovered in a local church in Kumasi.She released her maiden album, “Nyame Honhon Sane” which means (Let the Holy Ghost Descend), in 1999 just after she had completed Senior Secondary School. In 2002, she released yet another album, “Mogya N’akasa” (The Blood Has Spoken) and followed it up with “Okyeso Nyame” (Jehovah Jireh – My Provider), in February 2003.
In 2007, she released her sixth album titled ‘Go High’ which is arguably her best album yet. Other hit tracks on the album included “Nkwa” (Life) and “Wadom no” (Your Grace).
The New Patriotic Party, NPP, in 2008 adopted Go High, the title track, for campaign purposes. The song was virtually the tournament song during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2008 football tournament which was hosted in Ghana.
Philipa’s child hood dream was to become a medical doctor but that ambition was jettisoned very early in her life when she lost both parents in quick succession. She also holds a diploma in Physiotherapy from Greenhills College of Health Sciences also in Accra.
Diana Antwi Hamilton is a Ghanaian Gospel musician with several awards to her name. She won the 2021 Most Streamed Female Act of the Year Award at the 3Music Women’s Brunch. In March 2021, she was among the Top 30 Most Influential Women in Music by the 3Music Awards Women’s Brunch. She was crowned Artist of the Year and Gospel Artist of the Year at the 2021 Ghana Music Awards on June 26 with her song “Adom”.
Diana, the third of eight children, was born to Apostle Felix Elvis Antwi and Comfort Antwi in Kumasi, Ghana. After basic education at Morning Star School, Cantonments in Accra, she completed secondary education in Ghana National College, Cape Coast and proceeded to study and practice Nursing. She is married to Dr. Joseph Hamilton and the couple have a set of twins (Michaela and Michael)
At an early age of 13, Diana was a backing vocalist for Francis Agyei. She released her debut album in 2007 titled, “Ɔsoro bɛkasa” and this album enjoyed some good airplay which brought her into the limelight. Her second album “Ensi wo yie“, released in 2010, gained her prominence in the Ghanaian Gospel Music Industry. She was one of the headline artistes for the 2019 Harvest Praise which happened at the Fantasy Dome in Accra. 1615 media manage her music career. In May 2021, she was unveiled together with Kofi Kinaata as the Brand Ambassadors of Enterprise Life. She opened the second day of the 2021 VGMA music awards night with her performance.
Diana delights in cooking and designing her clothes. She enjoys hanging out with her siblings; Eunice, Victoria, Samuel, Adelaide, Beatrice, Paa Kwesi and Grace.
Gospel Queen Esther Smith was born at Suame – Magazine, an industrialised area in Kumasi Ghana, the capital of the Ashanti Region in the mid-70’s. At tender age of 14, she grew more into music industry as independent artiste.
After her secondary education, she attended Garden City Computer Training and Typing School and the School of Languages both in Kumasi.
Esther joined the Tanoso Methodist church choir at the tender age of 14 and that was when she grew more into music.
She joined the House of Faith Ministry in 1990 and later became a member of the church choir, Voices of Faith. She again joined a singing group set up by Kapital Radio a private radio station in Kumasi.
According to Esther, she started writing her songs after she had joined the Voices of Faith Choir in the early 1990’s. Ironically, the first song she wrote and which she called Ewurade Wo Din No Hyeren is still in her drawer.
Notwithstanding the difficulties she went through in her quest to release her maiden album, Gye No Di, Esther made a break through when she had support from Ankobea Music Production.
She said Gye No Di, the title song of her maiden album which took three awards at the 2003 GMA explains the difficulties and hardships she went through before the album was released. The awards are the Gospel Album of the Year, Gospel Artiste of the Year and Best Female Vocal Performance of the Year.
After this achievement, Esther did not give up the challenge but kept the pace and reaffirmed her superiority in gospel music by clinching the Best Gospel Album of the Year, Best Song of the Year and the Best Album of the year at the 2004 GMA.
Esther is the director of the Esther Smith Printing Press and Music Production is Kumasi.
By: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH