Sarah Sarkodie: I’m not imitating Florence Obinim

By: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
Sarah Sarkodie imitating Florence Obinim
Sarah Sarkodie says she is not imitating Florence Obinim

FOR a new entrant onto the Gospel music scene, Sarah Sarkodie, should be basking in the excitement of songs from her album, Osoro Akasa, receiving great airplay, instead, Sarah is having to deal with accusations that she is copying the style of her senior, Florence Obinim.

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Since she released her song, Nyame Wo So a couple of months ago, Sarah has been mistaken for Florence Obinim by many people and she tells Showbiz she is not too happy with that.

According to her, “Initially, I was enjoying it when people mistook me for Florence because she is one of the few artistes I respect and look up to but I think it is doing more harm than good to me.

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“I remember some time ago, I was taking my daughter to school when I heard my song being played on air. I was pleased to hear it but unfortunately, I heard two women saying it was Florence Obinim’s new song.

"I wanted to correct them but I just had to let it go. Perhaps, I’m not doing enough to get my brand and name out there,” she said.

While many mistake her for Florence, others are of the opinion that she is deliberately riding on the back of Florence Obinim to be famous but she denies that.

Florence Obinim

“Why would I deliberately copy someone’s style because I want to be like her? Those who know me will attest that this has been my voice all these years that I have been singing in choirs and churches. I don’t know whether to see it as a blessing or a curse to be identified with Florence,” she said.

Singed on to the Cebex label, Sarah is currently promoting her eight-track album, Osoro Akasa which has songs like Onyame Woso, Onyame Ba, Atokuafre Nyame, Ne Tumi Ye Kese, Nyame Wo So, Kasameho, Yehowa Hu Me Mobo and Memawoso Nyame.

She is very certain that if established Gospel artistes could mentor up and coming ones, it will go a long way to help the progress of the industry.

Watch the video for Nyame Wo So by Sarah Sarkodie.