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I joined Happy FM to reunite with Sefa Kayi, Banson to change the phase of radio — Mikki Osei Berko

One of the popular voices on Radio Gold in the late 90s, Mikki Osei-Berko, says he resigned from the Laterbiokorshie-based media outlet to join Happy FM in order to reunite with Kwame Sefa Kayi and Fiifi Banson who had parted ways with the radio station earlier to join the Despite Media-owned Peace FM.

Mr. Osei-Berko said he was optimistic together with the two senior broadcast journalists they could change the phase of the Ghanaian media industry.

“I would say it is poaching because I was given some money. It wasn’t that much though. The whole idea was what made me moved to Happy [FM]. Kwame had left Radio Gold and a lot of issues. Fiifi Banson had also left. So I felt the people I had good relationship with had left. Then, when Happy FM was about starting he told me he would bring Kwame and Fiifi on board. Before I agreed to work with Happy FM, there was a confirmation that Kwame is joining Happy FM,” he said.

Interacting with Agyemang Prempeh on the Legends programme on TV XYZ on Sunday night, he stated he reached out to his former colleagues to confirm the news about their move and he was convinced they would join him.

“Kinsman, the owner of Happy confirmed. I called Kwame and he told me he [Kinsman] had spoken with him and they’re discussing the deal. Fiifi apprised me they’ve sealed the deal.

“I went to Happy FM on the account I will unite with these my brothers to do something different on radio,” the ace broadcaster, who doubles as an actor and football coach recounted.

Aside reuniting with his former colleagues Mikki earned for himself a managerial position at Happy FM

“I was promised with the Programmes Director position, Kwame was to become the General Manager and Fiifi Banson, the Business Development Manager. That was the plan.”

He continued, “I thought all these things are improvement in life. You understand? At Radio Gold where I reached there was no challenge anymore. I was about one of the leading presenters. [I hosted] one of the best programmes. So, it was either I did new stuff more than I was doing or take new challenges elsewhere. It was a challenge being a pioneer of a radio station that could be number one and the kind of people I was going to work with.”

Known famously as Master Richard said the aforementioned factors, “pushed me to sign the contract.”

Depression

Mikki Osei Berko, however, mentioned that after he realized from all indications that Sefa Kayi and Fiifi Banson wouldn’t be joining him at the media house he became depressed.

This, the ace broadcaster said, forced him to tender in his resignation and leave the radio station to pursue other interests.

According to Mr. Osei-Berko, the depression triggered his move from the capital city to the Ashanti Region to focus on his television series.

“Whilst at Happy FM the development made me become big depressed. If I focus on something and I have passion for it but due to certain arrangements it couldn’t go as I wished – I become depressed.

“I’m very emotional, so, I decided to move out of Accra for a while. I would move to Kumasi to film the Dada Boat series Kumasi version. I tried to get to Kumasi owing the character [Dada Boat] is a Kumasi character, so, I thought why not film some of the episodes from Kumasi. I moved to Kumasi to find out how I could put things together,” he narrated.

By: Bernard Ralph Adams/ myxyzonline.com / Ghana

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