Ghanaian highlife musician Ofori Amponsah should not have quit highlife music after converting to Christianity to do the work of God, music producer Okyeame Quophi has said.
Okyeame Quophi, who was ordained as a pastor in 2015, said: “When God calls you, he does not expect you to leave what you are doing,” for which reason, he noted, Ofori Amponsah should have still played highlife music and preached God’s word through his lyrics.
He further stated: “Ofori Amponsah should not have left [what he used to do] for gospel but anyway, he is entitled to his opinions but that is my understanding.”
Okyeame Quophi made these comments in an interview on Accra FM, Saturday October 15.
The music producer and radio and TV presenter said: “In the case of Ofori Amponsah, if he performs and explains love from the perspective of his songs and adds that without God he could not have done that love song, do you know the number of people he has reached?
“I do not believe in secular. If you are a musician and you get the calling of God and you already have a crowd who follow your music and you say that you are leaving your music to start a church and preach to 20 people, what have you done for God? God says: ‘Be where you are and speak my word to the people [who follow you] and change their hearts.’”
The video director and song writer further stated: “The church never understood Ofori Amponsah, Ofori Amponsah never understood himself, and Ghana also did not understand Ofori Amponsah.”
Ofori Amponsah, who was ordained as an evangelist later denounced his pastoral duties and recorded ‘Alewa’ with rapper Sarkodie to announce his comeback to highlife music.