Gyakie January 23rd, 2020 Photo: Julius Tornyi / @commonjuls 2020

“Train up a child in a way he should go; when he’s old, he will not depart from it,” Philippians 3 verse 5. This is one of the famous Bible quotations seen as a benchmark for youth upbringing.

Today, Gyakie equates this to the role her mother is playing in nurturing her growing talent.

The Afrobeats singer, known outside showbiz circles as Jackeline Acheampong, tells Becky on E Vibes about how her mum, Mrs Acheampong, saw her talent at a tender age.

She said her mother groomed her to be the musician she has become today.

“One thing about my mum is, she saw what I had, that I didn’t know I had. So back in my junior and senior high school days, she would call me to sing to entertain her family members whenever they come by the house. Back then, I saw it as a bother, but now I have seen how those short performances groomed me into what we are all seeing now,” Gyakie added.

“With me, I never knew I was going to be an artiste. I saw myself as someone interested in entertainment, which is what I told myself. So anything in the form of acting and entertainment-wise, I was up for it.

“Moreover, I was the entertainment prefect back in senior high school; my dad was also into this entertainment lifestyle, So I grew up loving everything entertainment,” she explained.

Gyakie touts her mother's role in driving her career

In 2019, Gyakie released her first single titled; “Love is pretty”, which paved the way for another single, “Never like this.”

In August 2020, the “Forever” song from her five-track EP, titled “Seed”, was her claim to fame, enjoying airplay and leading charts in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria.

Gyakie touts her mother's role in driving her career

Gyakie completed T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School in Kumasi is now an undergraduate student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). She is studying International Business.

E-Vibes is a weekly programme that delves into the background of the country’s celebrated personalities who are doing tremendous work in their chosen field of work cutting across sectors.