Rap heavyweight champion, Lord Kenya, now Evangelist Lord Kenya, has been telling his fans, especially those who repeatedly call to engage him because of his popular songs, to forget about him returning to the old worldly ways because “there’s no turning back”.
“God is using me for greater things”, he said.
According to Lord Kenya, he had a huge following until three years ago when he became born-again but most of them have turned their backs on him simply because he gave his life to God.
“Can you imagine a whole Lord Kenya who was making waves with songs like Sika Baa, Born Again, Sika Mpo Nfaneho, now drops a nice gospel album Christ Life which boasts of 10 good tracks and not many people are ecxited?
“It is unfortunate my fans don’t want to accept it but I am not worried because church members are patronising the songs and I’m happy with that”, the still good-looking clean-shaven artiste told Showbiz last Monday.
The born-again hit-maker said that he is not going back to the world to please his fans or anyone for that matter.
“God is using me for greater things. I have the gift to heal people, prophesy and do so many things through Him who strengthens me. I cannot therefore go back to the world when I have seen the light”, he said
However, Evangelist Lord Kenya expressed the wish that his fans remained loyal and listen to the songs and see whether the messages have something for their lives. “I expect everyone who liked Lord Kenya in the past to be happy for me and support what I’m doing now”.
Lord Kenya said he received a lot of good comments during the Back In The Day Concert held in Accra last year.
“Most people were surprised to see me looking good and commended me for my transformation but they haven’t seen anything yet because the peace I have within me is greater than anyone can imagine.
He took the opportunity to advise his colleague musicians who are into drugs to desist from it. “ There is nothing like giving your life to Jesus Christ for the Bible says what will benefit a man if he gains everything in the world and loses his soul?”
He was born Abraham Philip Akpor Kojo Kenya and his desire to become a professional musician began to burn at the age of 17, just after he completed high school at Kumasi Anglican Secondary School.
Initially, Kenya met some opposition from his parents when he decided to take music as a career.
His parents had wanted him to become a lawyer instead of a musician but realising the passion in the young man, his father decided to give the lad a helping hand which led to the recording of Kenya's first single Car N'aba, recorded at Kampsite in 1998.
He joined Slip Music in the same year and released his debut album Sika Card which instantly became one of the nations hits. His fame began to spread like wildfire when he featured on Daasebre Gyamenah's immensely successful Kokooko which boasted a fantastic blend of rap and highlife music.
Kenya's long list of live performances have include Osibisa's Farewell Show, Miss Lux Universe, Ghana Music Awards Night and also alongside great African stars like Rex Omar at the Stratford Rex, London.
Lord Kenya won Hiplife Album of the Year at the Ghana Music Award 2001, Best Ghanaian Rap Music Award at the Anansekrom Festival in Canada 2000 and other awards. He turned to gospel music in 2009.