Veteran gospel musician Nicholas Omane Acheampong has lamented the churches’ lack of support for gospel musicians in Ghana, which he says is detrimental to their musical careers.
In his view, it is past time for Ghanaian churches to take a more active part in supporting gospel musicians by offering financial aid and publicizing their work to enable them to achieve greater prominence and advance the gospel.
Speaking in a radio interview on Okay FM, monitored by 1Family Radio, Omane Acheampong proposed that Ghanaian churches should take a cue from their Nigerian counterparts and begin supporting talented singers so they could further their musical careers.
He gave the example of Nigerian churches that have helped musicians like Sinach, with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy Church playing a significant role in pushing her music.
“Gospel musicians in this country are not receiving adequate support. For instance, the Pentecost church doesn’t provide assistance to their artists.’’
“The Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church, where Kwadwo Ampong belongs, also does not support their artists. There are numerous challenges, but they rarely extend help,’’ he said.
Despite Ghana being regarded as a Christian nation, he further emphasized the gap between Ghana and Nigeria in terms of church support for gospel musicians, pointing out that notable pastors like Pastor Chris and others vigorously promote their artists in Nigeria.