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Ghana: Kofi Sarpong Up For Gospel Artist of The Year

26/03/2012 19:13

The police officer turned gospel musician, DSP Kofi Sarpong, has once again been nominated for Gospel Artiste of the Year in the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (GMAs).

The police officer, after winning Gospel Song of the Year two years ago, with his debut ‘Meto Ndwom’, has consistently maintained his reputation as one of the most celebrated gospel musicians in Ghana and a toast of music concerts throughout the country.

It therefore comes as no surprise that he has once again been pencilled for Gospel Artiste of the Year.

Kofi Sarpong’s presence on the music scene has played a significant role in strengthening police-civilian relationship and he has become an unofficial goodwill ambassador for the Ghana Police Service.

In an interview with NEWS-ONE, Kofi Sarpong said he was thankful to God for the nomination and expressed the hope that if “it falls within the divine purpose of God”, he would take the award home.

“As I have always said, I see this more of a ministry than a career. When I hear people sing my songs or I perform somewhere and I see people praising God with my songs, I feel very appreciative that God can use me as an instrument of praise and point of contact to reach His people.

“So I thank God for the nomination and I would take the award if the same God so wishes because I owe my music to him and look up to him.

It has not been easy but God has not disappointed me. I also thank all my fans for their support and ask them to vote for me to win the award because it would really boost my encouragement,” he added.

Kofi Sarpong was the toast of the night in Kumasi last Saturday during the VGMAs nominees jam.

When he mounted the stage to perform to a live band, it was clear that the police officer had come of age.

The fans could just not stop singing along and cheering to his quick-step dance moves on stage.

The icing on the cake for the night was when Kofi Sarpong performed ‘Agyenkwa’, his ‘Borborbor’ gospel track.

Dancers dressed in traditional dance attire from the Volta region with two white handkerchiefs each performed the ‘Borborbor’ dance.

The police officer is really a testimony and a source of motivation to several Ghanaian youth.

Kofi Sarpong, an accomplished senior police officer said he once sold kenkey for a living and that he gave God all the glory for taking him this far.

Kofi Sarpong said while in secondary school, life got so tough that he would wake up at dawn and personally prepare ‘Asikyire Dokono’, sugar kenkey, a popular delicacy in some parts of Ghana, and then move from one street to another selling.

He would carry the stuff on his head just like any other hawker.

He said he used to sing for persons who bought his kenkey so as to attract more customers.
 

“People who know me at Berekum are my witnesses. Never in my life did I dream of getting to where I have reached today; it is just by the grace of God that I have reached this far because life was so tough that even in secondary school form-five, I used to prepare Asikyire Dokono by myself to sell so that I could get some money to pay my fees,” the DSP disclosed.

 

 

source: NewsOne (Ghana)

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