Ghanaian musician Andy Nii Akrashie, known in showbiz as OJ Blaq, on Thursday (24 February) confessed that binge drinking and smoking caused his double kidney failure a few years ago.
“I totally stopped smoking and drinking, and I started eating more vegetables. Not all vegetables are good for renal patients, it hasn’t been easy switching my diet, but if you really love your life, you have to adapt. It can be life altering for renal patients when they stop taking their BP drugs as well,” OJ Blaq told Asaase Radio.
Talking to Caroline Sampson on Café 995, he also advised the youth to prioritise their health and adopt a healthy lifestyle.
“What I want to tell young ones is that they need to check what they eat well,” OJ Blaq said, adding: “Do a lot of check-ups and eat well. Sometimes, due to ignorance we are not aware that certain things aren’t good for us, so we need to research on the right foods to consume.”
Touching on how he found out about his kidney failure, OJ Blaq recalled: “I had an accident on a motor bike. After that I started having swells on my feet and I thought it was from the accident, which some doctors told me they were just infections from my accident.”
“I attributed all the kidney symptoms to the motor accident I had. I was later diagnosed with kidney failure and put on dialysis when I expressed intense fatigue,” OJ Blaq added.
According to the “Chalewote” hit maker, he was healed by the prayers of his loved ones. “Ghanaians prayed for me, I believe that the love that people use in praying for you brings results. Aside prayer I also exercised and changed my diet.”
“Let’s be cautious of peer pressure and not allow social media to pollute our minds in attempt of keeping up with the trends,” he said.
Watch the full interview with Caroline Sampson below:
Switch to gospel music
OJ Blaq explained that switching from rap to urban gospel wasn’t a smooth transition.
“It’s not easy moving from one path to the other. Now I do Christian urban gospel music. My switch to Christian urban music was from my experience with kidney failure, so I decided to do gospel music with the same old rhythm style but different wording because the now Christians are different Christians.
“The new generation is not interested in the old style of Christianity but they are my target, they are the souls I want to win,” the “I’m Blessed” singer said.
OJ told Caroline that he is working on an initiative with his personal prophet, Gideon Danso Empowerment Worship Center to evangelise in the various secondary schools in Ghana.
“Jesus Saves High School tour is an initiative we embark on to evangelise to young pupils. We always go to these schools with the fun and the word.”
According to him, evangelism is not about moving with the Bible and forcing the word of God on the throats of unbelievers.
“Now there are new ways of pushing the gospel. The industry need to pay attention to urban gospel because very soon we will do a lot for Ghana, the form of urban gospel I do can be played at a club, and to me I think it’s a form of evangelism, because when the song is played and they are dancing to it, it is a form of evangelism,” he added.
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