Ghanaian fecund writer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, motivational speaker and a maven performer OJ, known in private life as Michael Oware Sakyi revealed that he recorded Obi Na Waye in less than 10 minutes.
According to the versatile musician, he believed something like the Holy Spirit came upon him which aided him in penning down Obi Na Waye classic Gospel song in a space of 10 minutes and the intriguing inspiration behind the song left him after composing the tune.
The Gospel icon uncovered in an interview on Kofi TV, the inspiration behind Obi Na Waye . According to Minister OJ, ‘Obi Na Waye ‘ song was birthed from his life one time difficult life experience.
“I took Nyantakyi to Komfo Anokye in 1995 because he was ill, that was when I wrote Obi Na Waye. We lived at Patasi and life was exceptionally intense.. I had only one slippers and a pair of shoes of which I utilized for school and church.. I had a wish and also prayed that God touched someone’s heart to buy me a new shoe. When I got to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital with my aunt, I saw someone’s two legs amputated at the ward and his legs were bound. A woman came to visit the man whose legs had been excised and she wailed within the hospital at the sight of the amputated legs. But the man told the woman not to sob about his amputated legs because all that matters is having life in spite of the fact that he had bounty of shoes. So it his choice to go to heaven or not,” he explained.
Agreeing to OJ, he looked at the legs of the man in amazement and he compared his legs with the man’s severed legs and said to himself;
“You OJ you have two legs and you are complaining. This man in front of you can’t walk again even if he had billions of money to buy plenty of shoes but you can walk with two legs and you are complaining that you don’t have a pair of shoes. This really showed how ungrateful I was. ”
The gospel icon further advised that everyone on earth ought to be grateful to God for that the good things He has done for us in every season instead of being ungrateful of what we don’t have. There is something unique in every individual. There’s something extraordinary in you that can never be found in another person no matter who that individual is.
In expansion to all these, OJ further narrated how ‘Obi Na Waye ‘ was recorded;
“My mum didn’t know precisely what I had been doing. My mum needed me to go to teachers training college but I made my stand known to her that I needed to do music.. It became a heated argument. She didn’t understand me. One faithful day, I took my mum to Dan Bassey studios to listen to the finished product of Obi Na Waye. She was so amazed and felt exhilarated after listening to Obi Na Waye.”
Michael Oware Sakyi, O.J attended Prempeh College and University of Ghana for his secondary and tertiary education respectively. Further, he was a member of the cultural troupe in primary school, and had great interest in English Literature, poetry, and artistry. OJ was born to a guitarist father and a mother who was a singer at the Church of Pentecost.
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