President John Mahama is worried over the death of veteran comedian “Bishop” Bob Okala.
His Excellency revealed that he was aware the late comedian, who passed away on Sunday, was not well and had been asked to rest, so cannot understand why he decided to mount a stage in Koforidua to perform over the weekend.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based 3FM on Monday morning March 13, President Mahama said he did not know what took the comedian to Koforidua considering the fact that he was not well.
“They took him through many extensive tests and I think he was about to start his treatment regime but they had asked him to rest. I don’t know what took him to Koforidua but unfortunately, I hear he collapsed on stage and passed away,” he said.
The president added that “I wish on behalf of all Ghanaians to express our condolences to his family.”
President Mahama in a tweet on Sunday expressed his condolence: “RIP Bob Okalla. You brought joy to many homes, and of course to Lordina & I. #RIPBobOkalla”
Bob Okala shot to fame in the ’90s through popular comedy show, Key Soap Concert Party, which was shown on GTV on Saturday evenings.
The veteran comedian, who was identified with a big clock on his wrist during his performances created a niche for himself in comedy and in no time reached stardom in some local movies. Bishop Bob Okala was 59 and died on Sunday March 13, 2016.
Another popular comedian Yaw Donkor, famously known as Nkomode in the showbiz world passed away on February 5, 2016, and will be buried in April.
The two veteran comedians were always in a tight competition to determine who was funnier in the Key Soap Concert Party show.
Bob Okala had openly pledged his support for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).