Rebbeca Acheampong (Becca): The multi talented musician

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Though fairly new in the industry, people can readily identify her as one of the most accomplished musicians in the country today. But what is not obvious to most people is her ability to combine her various talents successfully.

Apart from singing, she is a professional Child Care worker; boasts a First Class degree in Operations and Project Management and is currently planning to pursue a Master’s degree. 

Born Rebecca Acheampong but best known as Becca in showbiz circles, it had always been her father’s wish that she would pursue a career in law but instead she decided to follow her passion for music.

As risky as that decision was, she followed her dream and is now one of the most talented young musicians the country can boast of.

“My parents had negative impressions about musicians. For my dad, most musicians do drugs and hardly aspire to climb the educational ladder.

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However, with the height I have attained in the music circle and still studying hard, he has had a change of mind,” she smiled.

According to Becca, planning and organisation were key to her life and when it came to her studies, she ensures that she devotes ample time to her books and also give the needed time to her studio and stage rehearsals.

Becca in a chat with the Junior Graphic disclosed that every member of her family could sing very well.

Therefore, at a tender age, she showcased her talent as a singer by participating in school talent shows as well as church activities and always came up with one of the top most prizes in all such events.

During her secondary school days at Wesley Girls High School, she often entertained her colleagues by singing and dancing during entertainment nights.

“I recall when I had to perform at Ninos Night in Form One with a toothbrush in my mouth and powder all over my body just to be welcomed formally to Wey Gey Hey,” she laughed.

Spotting a low hair cut with a smart casual dress to match, Becca, who was born on August 15, 1984, said she grew up in Ghana and the United Kingdom (UK), respectively.

She started school at the Golden Age School and then left for Morning Star and Wesley Girls High School.

When she was about to enter the third year, she joined her mum to the UK and enrolled at Alywin Girls High School.

After high school, she continued her education at Croydon College, London, where her love for children and their well-being motivated her to qualify as a childcare and education worker. 

Asked how she came into professional music, Becca said after several years abroad, she returned to Ghana in December 2006 to celebrate Christmas and was introduced to Kiki Banson, who is now her manager, by the Grandpapa of Hiplife, Reggie Rockstone. After series of encounters and studio works, Kiki signed her onto his record label EKB Records and has worked with her till date.

Her first single “You lied to me” which enjoyed massive air play and won several awards was released in August 2007 and was followed by her debut album “Sugar” which was launched on November 13, the same year.

Her music videos are aired on Channel O and MTV and are also enjoying great reviews on Youtube.

She has collaborations with various renowned artistes such as South African’s jazz musician Hugh Masakela, Nigeria’s MI and 2Face Indibia, Kwabena Kwabena and Trigmatic, among others.

Touching on her style of dressing during her performances, she said: “My style of music and dressing is influenced by my surroundings and up bringing as an African.”

Becca may be a good singer but it doesn’t end there. She also plays the guitar and is a talented actress.

Becca obviously has a lot up her sleeves. Do you know she is also a caterer? Yes, Becca is a very good cook who spends her weekends cooking for friends and family members who need her services for their parties and other social events.

“My sister, are you surprise that I cook?” she asked. “I’m a ‘homely’ girl you know. I love cooking very much because my mum is a caterer who made us do all the house chores. So naturally cooking became my hobby. In fact, I am planning to open my own restaurant,” she disclosed.

And guess what. In showbiz circles, she is the highest paid female artiste. She recently worked on a multi-million dollar movie with some of Africa and Europe’s best film makers in the true life story of former Barcelona FC striker Samuel Eto’o who now plays with Russian team Anzhi Makhachkala.

Becca has performed on big platforms like the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, various awards nights and beauty pageants in Africa and the rest of the world. She also has her own annual show dubbed ‘Girl Talk’ which is exclusively for ladies. Last December, she assembled as many as 3000 ladies at the National Theatre to watch her perform.

Becca who hails from Kumasi in the Ashanti Region is the first girl but the fifth born of Mr Isaac Acheampong and Mrs Alice Afriyie Acheampong.

Her favourite colours are gold and white. According to her, gold represents riches while white stands for purity. She loves eating fufu and abunu abunu (green soup) with big snails and fish.

Due to her love for children, she has also set up a rescue organisation which raises funds to help and promote awareness of children affected by HIV/AIDS as well as imprisoned children in Ghana. For Becca,“just set a standard for everything you do and know that the sky is not the limit but beyond.”

Story by Hadiza Nuhhu_Billa Quansah