Gospel musician Michael Oware Sakyi, known in showbiz as OJ has revealed that as a teenager, he worked as a houseboy.
The musician who is known for highly inspirational songs has been in the industry for more than a decade and is still very relevant.
OJ, who is one of the most prolific gospel artists in Ghana released his debut album, ‘Adom Ne Odo’ which had songs such as ‘Obi Nya Wo Aye’ and ‘Koso Na Koso’ in 2003.
He did not go the way of other new artistes by following up on his success with a new album. Instead, he got lost for five long years before he resurfaced.
In an interview with Stacy Amoateng on her TV show ‘Restoration’, he revealed that he had a difficult childhood with his five siblings living away from their parents. Their situation forced him to become a houseboy when he was still in senior high school.
“My parents lived in Nigeria so when I was growing I lived with people. I was a houseboy when I was in Prempeh, yes I never slept on a boarding house bed, I was a house boy. Yes I was a houseboy.”
“We are six so I have five siblings, life wasn’t that easy, you know six siblings living in a single room, so life wasn’t easy, life was tough.”
OJ has hit songs like ‘Maye se mo pen’, ‘Obi Nya Wo Aye’, ‘Etesen’ among many others.
By: Susan Amoako Agyemang