14 years on: In memory of Terry Bonchaka

It’s been 14 years since Ghanaian music icon Terry Bonchaka died.

Born Terry Adjetey, Terry Bonchaka died on 29th October, 2017 in a car accident while returning from a show at the University of Ghana.

How the sad incident happened

The 21-year-old Terry Bonchaka, died on the Legon-Madina road when the vehicle in which he was riding, together with one Rasta, suddenly veered off the road and hit a tree.

Giving an eye-witness account, a member of his group, Ayisola, said he and two other members of Bonchaka’s group who were closely following Bonchaka’s car in a taxi, immediately rushed to the rescue of the Hiplife Artiste and one other Rasta.

He said Terry, unlike Rasta, was brought out of the car unconscious.

Meanwhile the taxi driver who had been told to wait while the rescue operation took place, had left.

About 30 minutes later, according to Ayisoba, a good Samaritan stopped his car to transport them to the hospital. This was after several other drivers had ignored their flagging to stop to help.

Sadly, Terry Bonchaka was pronounced dead when he was taken to the 37 Military Hospital, grief striken Ayisoba said.

Terry was the grandson of former Parliament speaker Peter Ala Adjetey and graduate from Adisadel College.

Terry’s music background

Terry’s big break came when he entered the Miss Ghana hiplife amateur competition and won in the regional competition before taking home the title of Hiplife champ 2001 in the final round.

Terry’s first place win in the Miss Ghana music competition, along with his featured place in Joy FM Night with the Stars concert shot him to the top of the hiplife scene.

Terry was an interesting man who counted the American artist Stevie Wonder among his influences. Always a proud Ghanaian, Terry Bonchaka was happy to promote the history and pride of the Ghana.

He usually spotted a costume that had a pair of his trousers cut short, with a comb in his hair and a walking stick to match. He would always lift one leg in his palm anytime he performed.

His uniqueness was unparalleled as he released creative musical pieces within the short time he lived.

He had songs like ‘Poulele,’ ‘Zoozey,’ ‘Ghana Ladies,’ ‘I’m Aware,’ Ghana Ladies’ and ‘Asem Ben Ni.’

A concert in his honour

According to his manager Reagan Mends, the management is planning to organize a music concert in his honour next year during the 15th anniversary of his passing.

Watch Terry’s performance at Key Soap Concert Party:



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