Michael Oware Sakyi popularly known in showbiz as OJ has said the Gospel Song of the Year award presented to him at the recently held Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, was just to appease him.
OJ disclosed to Flex newspaper that he deserved more than what was given him. “I think this a public knowledge. Who doesn't know I was supposed to have won the Songwriter of the Year award? I thank God that at least I did not fight for myself after the award eluded me. To be honest with you, I take solace in the fact that, a lot of people including some members on the VGMA board and the media at large have noticed the fact that the songwriter award should have come to me,” he said.
“Those who really know me know that I am an honest person and very principled. I don't let my selfish interests steal my conscience. When one deserves something, I don't fight for it. I make sure I say it as it is to set the record straight. Even in the first week the nomination list came out, I granted a lot of interviews to the media where I stated the fact that, categories like the Gospel Artiste of the year should be given to Sonnie Badu and also consecutive times even had always claimed my song stated why the Gospel Album of the year award should be given to Joyce Blessing all because, I believed they meet the standards,” he added.
He also believed that even if for nothing at all, a category like the Songwriter of the Year should have been given to him. “I believed in the song I wrote and many music pundits have said the same thing. The likes of Okyeame Kwame who has won that category two 'Ma Ye Se Mopen' deserved the Songwriter of the year award including Rex Omar,” he lamented.
OJ says what hurts him most for not winning the songwriter award is the fact that his strength lies in his song writing skills so denying him of that and giving him any other award, seemed compensatory and nothing else.
“I use this as an opportunity to thank my fans and loved ones who have always stood behind me all this while. I am grateful for their loyalty. I want to assure them that I am still OJ and nothing can discourage me or affect my music writing skills. I have a lot of deep songs that can beat the imagination of Ghanaians and I shall release them as and when God gives me the direction,” OJ concluded