In as much as I share the opinion that the Alewa song is a nice piece, I believe Ofori Amponsah is either confused or being a hypocrite because his explanations do not add up.
The controversy surrounding the return of Pastor Ofori Amponsah to the highlife music scene has caught my attention and I feel strongly enough about the entire brouhaha to spend a few minutes to rant about it.
Ofori Amponsah who had wowed Ghanaians with his love songs declared in 2012 that he had received a ‘divine call’ to become a pastor. Without any ambiguity, he stated that he had parted ways with secular music and would be singing about the love of Christ in order to win souls.
"I run away from God around 2008. Before that, God had told me that I will go out into the world and make it but in the next ten years, I will come back to Him. I made it but I forgot the call. The time was just up. I had to go. I see myself singing again but it will not be the same vain music. When you sing such songs, you lie to the people. So I can’t lie. I don’t have anything to achieve. Those times are gone," he said in an interview with Delay years ago.
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After spending time with the "Light" as the leader of a congregation, Ofori Amponsah has released a love song, Alewa, cementing suspicions of his comeback.
What I find intriguing the most is his awkward decision to sing the secular songs he turned his back on and still lead a congregation.
In as much as I share the opinion that the Alewa song which features Sarkodie is a nice piece, I believe Ofori Amponsah is either confused or being a hypocrite because his explanations do not add up.
Before the release of Ofori Amponsah’s much talked about Alewa, his manager, Frank Agyekum had stated on several media platforms that the artiste was back to highlife to sing songs that will "heal the broken-hearted".
But after listening to Alewa, I can conclude that there is no difference between it and his previous songs.
That is a clear case of hypocrisy. Who are they taking for granted?
Ofori Amponsah during an interview on Peace FM’s Entertainment Review stated that he had given much thought to his decision to return to the secular music space because it provided him with a bigger opportunity to spread the gospel .
"This type of love song I do is not against God. I have thought about it and realized I can preach better through my music," he said.
The lyrics to his "Alewa" certainly gives very little time to preaching what is spiritual.
There is a line in Sarkodie’s rap which says, “Ma me mfa nkaw sɛ ebi a, w’abusua ampene so koraa woanyem”, to wit, let me make love to you so that even if your family oppose our relationship, at least, you will be pregnant.
Sound spiritual and clean enough for you? This line contradicts Christian doctrines. The Bible speaks against fornication and I wonder if that was what Ofori Amponsah wants to preach.
Ofori Amponsah can decide to do secular music but justifying his return to the commercial music scene with the word of God is inappropriate.
Just imagine being a congregant and seeing your pastor on stage singing about a lady in a bawdy, lustful manner. Certainly not something any Christian would want to behold.
An article on flexgh.com reads, “He [Ofori Amponsah] also stated that he may continue to do gospel if he gets the right people who are good at writing gospel songs to help him with his lyrics and guidance because he thinks he is not good in writing songs.”
Well, I disagree because if Pastor Ofori Amponsah wanted to do gospel music, he would have hired the services of good songwriters . The likes of Akwaboah Jnr, Minister O.J are very good song songwriters who are more than capable.
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According to Lord Kenya, life has not been easy for him and Ofori Amponsah since their departure from the bright lights of fame and fortune, a reason for which the latter has decided to return to highlife.
There are several examples of artistes who have struggled to become crossover successes after turning born again, just ask K.K Kabobo, Akosua Agyepong,Yaw Siki, Papa Shee and a host of others .
I think Ofori Amponsah failed in that regard simply because he did not put in the same effort as he would have if he were promoting his secular songs.
When Ofori Amponsah released Nyame Asem, how many people heard of it?
The song was not online for downloads but see how well Alewa is doing along with his vigorous promotional activities. When Ofori Amponsah released Nyame Asem his gospel tune, I never heard of any media tour. However, he has been on several platforms after releasing Alewa just to promote the track.
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Even that, composing gospel songs is not a validation of Ofori Amponsah's "call". When God calls you, He gives you a task so it is not up to you to decide on what to do. Your calling may not be singing; it may be winning souls by just sharing your experiences with people and not necessarily compose songs for sale. And in his case, he established a church.
The question as to whether he can survive with his Alewa despite all these controversies still lingers on the minds of many music enthusiasts. Perhaps, this could be a ‘perfect’ hype for him and as business minded as every management is, his comeback [if indeed he went away] could open doors for more gigs.
The song is currently enjoying airplay and many seem to have fallen in love with it already amidst the controversy. As the controversy goes on, we may wake up to a new drama that Pastor Ofori Amponsah has released a gospel tune. Until then, in my estimation, he remains confused.