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Entertainment of Friday, 16 October 2015

Source: Graphic.com.gh

I don't care anymore - Ofori Amponsah

Ofori Amponsah’s decision four months ago to make a career turnaround from gospel music and evangelism back to secular music appeared to receive a lot of criticisms but, hardly did he anticipate the harsh reception to his newest song, Alewa, featuring Sarkodie.

Naturally, the release of Alewa, a ‘collabo’ by two of the finest acts in recent times, was highly anticipated, but it appears the u-turn has made life hellish for Ofori Amponsah as his critics have questioned the genuineness of his acclaimed pastoral calling and Christian beliefs, ridiculing him as ‘Pastor Alewa’.

In recent times, the award-winning artiste has endured a lot of insults for his sudden return to his ‘roots’ of secular music but he now seems to have braced himself for the worst and says he is unmoved by the criticisms and rejection by his fellow musicians and fans.

“I have realised I cannot please every living being in Ghana. I am, therefore, prepared for the insults and even rejection from people because of the decision I took. Only God understands me and I don’t really care whatever anyone says anymore,” Ofori Amponsah told Showbiz in an interview last Monday.

“I am prepared to go to the ‘gutters’ and win souls for God because He is the only person who understands my decision. I cannot explain any further to human beings because they are not even prepared to hear what the Lord is using me for”, he said.

Hiplife artiste, Criss Waddle is one of those who have openly turned the gun on Ofori Amponsah, questioning his pastoral calling, among other comments he posted on his Facebook wall. “Ofori Amponsah God never called you. In fact, he didn’t even flash you!!! Why exactly are you back to highlife?”

However, musician and sound engineer, Morris D’voice, turned to social media to call for more understanding and acceptance of the musician’s stance.

“It saddens my heart to hear people call Ofori Amponsah “Pastor Alewa”. Ofori has availed himself as a channel through which people can mock

God. . .I believe he’s blazing a trail which if not timely intercepted by Christians who are brave and fearless, and can stand being chastised by the world, very soon some Christians (the youth especially) are going to think it’s normal and might start following that path of deception. then we shall be hearing of Christian nightclubs, sanctified prostitutes, holy sinners, and on, and on . . . may God have mercy on us all,” Morris D’voice wrote on his Facebook wall.

To Ofori Amponsah, founder of Family of Faith and Love Ministries at Ofankor Barrier, he has come to rescue the perishing which is the more reason he has decided to come back to secular music to win souls for God through love songs.

He sees no reason why people should kick so much fuss about his return to secular music because he only sings about love and does not use profane lyrics.

Clarifying a statement he once made during his encounter with God in which he vowed never to return to secular music, the Otoolege hitmaker said he made those comments because he was going through his healing moment.

“I didn’t know God at that time so I used to do all the bad things when I was famous but now that I am strong in the Lord, I believe the timing is right to come back to what I love doing most which is highlife music” he added.

Explaining his choice of Sarkodie for Alewa, Ofori Amponsah said Sarkodie was the best rapper to handle the verse. However, he has plans to feature heavy hitters such as Samini, Flava, Kofi Bee, Kofi Nti and MzVee on his yet-to-be-released album.

God. . .I believe he’s blazing a trail which if not timely intercepted by Christians who are brave and fearless, and can stand being chastised by the world, very soon some Christians (the youth especially) are going to think it’s normal and might start following that path of deception. Then we shall be hearing of Christian nightclubs, sanctified prostitutes, holy sinners, and on, and on . . . may God have mercy on us all,” Morris D’voice wrote on his Facebook wall.