Ghanaian actress and entrepreneur Yvonne Nelson has revealed that she had to have an abortion for Sarkodie in 2010 because he wouldn’t accept responsibility for the pregnancy.
This revelation was recorded on pages 88–95 of chapter eight of her new book, I Am Not Yvonne Nelson, which was launched at Peduase Lodge on Sunday, June 18, 2023.
Yvonne claims that Sarkodie, a rapper and multiple award winner, had not yet achieved notoriety at the time this incident occurred.
“I had gone for a pregnancy test to confirm what becomes the most obvious conclusion for a sexually active young woman who misses her monthly flow. I was in the company of Karen. And when the test result was ready, I wasn’t strong enough to open it. She did and declared the verdict.’’
“Charlie, it’s dey there!’’ she exclaimed, as parts of the chapters sighted by 1Family Radio were read.
On an ordinary day, I would have laughed out loud, and that would trigger a string of jolly conversations and jokes. But this was no laughing matter. It was a grim piece of information that was capable of turning my world upside down. I wasn’t the only one responsible for the situation, so I called the man whose potent seed had germinated in me. His name is Michael Owusu Addo, a renowned Ghanaian musician who is better known as Sarkodie.’’
“Sarkodie was a budding musician with the potential to become one of the biggest artists in Ghana and beyond. At the time, however, the future looked uncertain, and his way through the maze of life still appeared too foggy to predict. Success was not guaranteed. He was still living with his mother and was not ready to carry a burden while he was being carried by her.
“I sensed the intensity of his emotions when I broke the news to him. I could hear his heart pounding, and when he finally found his voice, he faltered. His message was, however, unambiguous. He didn’t want the pregnancy. That would damage him and his career. The only option was to get rid of it.
“I wouldn’t call what had developed between us a serious relationship. I gravitated toward people in the music industry. For the longest time in my life, music was my escape from all the unpleasant things life threw at me. So, I liked his talent. We started talking and got close.’’
“The first thing that hit me when he said no to keeping the pregnancy was my own life. I had grown up without a father in my life. I had often been reminded of how I had been borne by mistake.
“I was still wondering if the man whose name I bore was my father. How was I going to bring another being into this world to live like me, someone whose father would reject him or her as Mr. Nelson had rejected me?
“If there was a way to spare someone else the trauma I was contending with, why would I reject the option, especially when I was psychologically and emotionally prepared to be a mother?’’ she wrote.