Psalm Ajetefio: The iconic “Taxi Driver” is still here with us

Psalm Ajetefio
Psalm Ajetefio

“If you need a Taxi, I dey here 24 hours a day, seven days in a week, 365 days in a year, See Yeei,” the echoing outro of TT in the Taxi Driver series played by the late Zephyr Ephraim Psalm-Ajetefio, who left a profound legacy in the acting circles.

Popularly known by many as “TT,” the 68-year-old veteran actor passed on, on April 8, 2022, throwing many Ghanaians into despair and anguish.

But as Ecclesiastes 3:20 says, “All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again,” the mortal remains of the veteran actor was lowered down during the weekend with friends and family, paying their last respects.

Mr. Henry Harden, who also starred in the “Taxi Driver” series, as Papa Nii, eulogized his late friend as one of the greatest actors that ever rose from Ghana, considering his opulence on set and how he delivered his lines with depth.

“TT would never miss a line or a cue, and I will say that in Ghana he was a great actor and his track record is unbeatable. Many people were saddened by his death, but I pray to the good Lord to grant him eternal rest and comfort his family.” Papa Nii said.

He further made a call to government and corporate bodies to invest in the performing arts sector because he felt Ghana had the requisite talents to be a top film-producing country.

“My prayer is that the government will come to our aid by creating a fund for actors and including us in various sensitization programmes. But I will also urge upcoming actors to take up a profession before adding acting to it, “he told GNA Entertainment.

TT has inspired many young actors who grew up to become household names, including the ever-glowing Pascaline Edwards.

Pascaline Edwards, in an interview, described “TT” as “a brother who was willing to help you do the right things whenever you went astray.”

“He was like a elder brother to me, and working with him was so wonderful. He will make you laugh and if you don’t do something, he will correct you, especially on set.

“He used to call me his little wife, especially when I was featured in a film, but unfortunately I will miss those words, but it has always been interesting working with him,” she said.

Another actor, Braimah Watara, who starred in the “Taxi Driver” series, described “TT” as a wonderful person who was always willing to help his colleagues.

“What I will be missing about TT will be his contagious laughter. His laughter was so natural and infectious that I often laughed along with him. He always advised whenever you go wrong. For me, I think he is the most natural actor I have ever come across, and I do enjoy his acting,” he said.

During his time, the late Psalm Ajetefio won three Best Actor of the Year awards, cementing his stature as one of the greatest actors in Ghana.

The late Psalm-Ajetefio, born in 1954, was the only child of his father and mother and went to Holy Trinity Cathedral Secondary School (HOTCASS). He also attended Accra College of Education (ATRACO) and, subsequently, the University of Ghana, Legon.

He started his career as a professional teacher at the Presec Staff Schools/ St Andrews Junior High School, alongside acting. He starred in many movies, including “A Stab in the Dark”, “‘Ripples”, “Happy Little Children” and the famous “Taxi Driver”.

The taxi is an inevitable transportation medium in Ghana and when you need the services of one, the late Psalm Ajetefio would always be around to thrill your journey with hilarious and unforgettable moments.

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