Kofi Nkrumah: Music built my self-esteem

By: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
Kofi Nkrumah says music built his self-esteem
Kofi Nkrumah

Growing up in the church, contemporary Gospel artiste, Kofi Nkrumah was shy and had low self-esteem. In his quest to deal with it, he found comfort in music and that encouraged him to join many singing groups.

However, what he thought was just an escape route rather pushed him to heights he had not anticipated.

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It’s been over a decade and the artiste, who is making steady progress on the contemporary Gospel music scene with songs such as I Won’t Let You,  Born for Good, My Yoke and You’ve Got Me, said his works are focused on encouraging young people to believe in themselves.

He said he was fortunate to get guidance from a number of people including his choir directors - Kofi Karikari and Melvin Van-Orgle at Watered Garden Youth church to build his confidence but not many may be that fortunate.

“I am eternally grateful to God, He used people like Solomon Adjei Adjetey, Prophet and Prophetess Atsu Manasseh and Ps. Roderick Agyekum to change my thoughts and give me understanding that I am absolutely created for good in Christ.

“What I went through and how I overcame it has influenced my music to share God's unfailing love and give hope to people who may be having similar challenges to come to an understanding of what God says about them.

“My music seeks to inspire people, particularly the youth to be their best in whatever they find themselves doing so they can also influence their world positively,” he stated.

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Born Kofi Nkrumah Mensah to Kobina Nketiah Mensah and Joyce Amparbeng, the Born for Good singer said he inherited his deceased mother’s singing talent.

He started nurturing his talent back in the secondary school at the Presbyterian Boys’ School. After completion, he joined the Watered Garden Youth Church and had the chance to be mentored by Kofi Karikari and Melvin Van-Orgle who taught him the art of writing songs.

Currently serving as a Peer Ministry head at Christ for Youth International Ghana (East Legon branch), which he disclosed had been a major highlight in his career, Kofi Nkrumah said he plans on hosting a concert across the country to educate people about low self-esteem which grows into depression.

“Gospel music is important for exaltation and it is important that I use my platform to encourage people to believe in themselves by staying on the right path,” he said