Growing up I thought I would be a poet — Okyeame Kwame

Award-winning Ghanaian rapper, Kwame Nsiah-Apau, popularly called Okyeame Kwame, says becoming a musician was not part of his childhood dreams.

For little Okyeame Kwame all he dreamed and aspired to be whilst growing up was to become a great poet to churn out poetry to entertain his listeners.

“At age 5 my mom took me to my granny at Ashtown, my father had been posted to Peki Secondary School as a bursar. My mother taught me a poem and I memorised it, anytime I recited it, it excites my listeners. They’d take me to their houses to recite it. They often referred to me as the wonder kid who say ‘big words’.

“At that time I realized the peace the poem I recites brings to my listeners so, I decided to be a poet when I grow up. But I did not know it’d turn out to be rap,” Okyeame Kwame said.

The Made In Ghana Ambassador said he focused on studying his Literature and Poetry books to achieve his dream of becoming a poet.

“I have already mentioned that I was not good academically but in the Literature and Akan subjects, oftentimes I had 1 or A and Mathematics 9 or F.”


Walking Agyemang Nie through his journey as a musician, he said he started music professional around 1997 when he recorded his first album with Okyeame Quophi.

“I had developed interest in music and hone creativity as a rapper, then I met Okyeame Quophi at a Table Tennis joint. He had moved to Fante New Town. He had authored a book ‘Rings Don’t Marry’ at the age of 16 years. I don’t where he got that knowledge. He was very intelligent, affable, and confident.

“I joined ties with him. We became friends. It was during the era of rap competitions. I was in the same class with Lord Kenya at Akass. I was an extremely talented rapper but I was shy so, one day during entertainment while they were rapping, I took hold of the microphone and requested 2Pac’s Brenda’s Got a Baby song’s instrumental. I rapped and won many hearts,” Rap Dacta recalled.

Prior to the formation of the group, the Kumasi native rapper intimated a neighbour disc jockey friend was instrumental in his music career.

He narrated that, “There was a DJ in our house at Coppa Cavana, Fante New Town. The house was a club so from Friday to Friday there was always music. At first it was a pub called Saturday Nightclub then, it rebranded to Coppa Cavana Nightclub. The resident DJ was called Flash Junior. He discovered I liked music so when I go to him he’d teache me disc jockeying. He’d play rap and ragga songs in the house. When I visit him I ask questions and he educates me.”

Okyeame Kwame in 2010, obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in BSc. Honours in Modern Languages (Akan option). He later furthered his education to the University of Ghana Business School, Legon where he secured his Masters Degree in Marketing Strategy.

The 44-year-old versatile rapper disclosed he earlier abandoned his university education to focus on churning out songs.

“I was enrolling at the University of Cape Coast] but rap had taken over my thoughts. On the day of registration, Otoo Jandoh and I were first years we queue for registration then, I rescinded my decision to enroll and returned home.

“I abandoned university education to compose songs with Okyeame Quophi eventually, we had a producer Andrew Opoku Amankwah who subsequently, helped us release our debut album.”

By: Bernard Ralph Adams/myxyzonline.com /Ghana

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