Former hiplife artiste Yaw Siki, like many others before him, has made a turn to gospel after enjoying fame as a ‘secular’ artiste. Unlike most of the others, though, he has a more compelling reason for his conversion.
He came close to death after an accident in 2013, leading to him giving his life to Christ after he narrowly survived.
According to him however, making ends meet as a gospel musician has been difficult, and most of his past friends shun him now because of his choice to go Christian, after briefly supporting him when he was bedridden after the accident.
“The acceptance they (gave) me, they do not associate or accept or receive me like how they used to because now. But I have a different mindset [and] a different goal ahead of me.” He said in a recent interview.
“I feel rejected, I am human, but already the bible has made me know that if I am in Christ I am not of this world and so definitely once I am not of this world and not doing the worldly things then I cannot associate with them,”
Siki also recounted how he turned toward God, after he came so close to death through the accident, which occurred on the Accra-Tema motorway.
“I couldn’t take my bath for three months, they had to do dry cleaning for three months, it wasn’t a pleasant experience and so if today if I am here, it’s by His Grace. I am saved by grace, I have been given a second chance, forgiven and healed.” he said.
“One inch away from death [and] God gave me a second chance.”
Now a preacher who shares the word of God everywhere he goes, especially in buses across the capital, he noted that making ends meet is hard nowadays, but he relies on what little he makes from preaching.
“(With) my bills, my family supports me and then when I preach, people give [me money], when I preach I do not ask but when I finish and some people call me, oh take this, take that and all with family support I am able to pay bills.
“Last year December, I [preached] at the Motorway Roundabout and a man gave me GHc500. That’s the highest I have received so far.
“I preach in the Trotros (Commercial buses). I preach in between lanes in the communities and you see that people will not give you that big amount for preaching to them but I don’t mind,”
Siki, who prefers to simply be addressed as Yaw these days, hit the local music scene in 2011 with the release of the hit track ‘Wope Dodo’. Despite challenges as a preacher and a gospel musician, he intends to shoulder on to continue sharing the word of God with those who need it.