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Many dignitaries including President John Dramani Mahama on Saturday, June 11, 2016 joined the family, friends and sympathizers of the late Ghanaian comedian Samuel Kojo Buabeng, aka Bob Okala who passed away on March 13, 2016 at the Koforidua Government Hospital, to give the veteran Comedian a befitting burial. The 59 year old collapsed while performing at a program at the Koforidua Jackson Park, before rushed to the hospital, where he died.
The funeral saw many state officials as well as other comedians such as Papa Nii, Chico, A1 and actors like ‘Mr. Beautiful’, David Dontor and many more from the creative art industry present to pay homage to the legendary comedian.
In an interview with his father at the funeral grounds he said, "His son fell sick and it took the intervention of President Mahama to provide a doctor to treat him. All of a sudden he went to Koforidua for a programme where we heard he was gone".
Okala’s death came as a shock to the entertainment world following the demise of colleague comedian Yaw Donkor, known as ‘Nkomode’ a month earlier. Both comedians rose to fame in the 1990’s, in a TV comedy show called ‘Key Soap Concert Party’.
The body was laid at Accra Art Centre where the country paid their last respect to a man who, according to President Mahama brought joy to many homes.