Ghanaian gospel artiste, Osomafo Yaw Sarpong, has received an honorary doctorate degree in Gospel Music from the Ecclesiastical Bishop Leaders Conference of Africa (EBLCA), an associate of the Kayiwa International University, Uganda.
At a bright occasion held in Accra last Saturday, Mr Sarpong, who is commending 40 years of an ecstatic music profession, was decorated with the title for his priceless commitments to the advancement of the nation’s gospel music industry.
His band, the Asomafo Band, was likewise given a plaque in acknowledgment of its help to the gospel music front.
Presently, Mr Sarpong is embarking on an activity named: “The Prison Project” with the means to touching and changing lives in the nation’s detainment facilities.
The undertaking, which was propelled on August 26 this year, tries to set up music centers in all the jail offices in the nation to help rehablitate the prisoners.
He has signed a six-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ghana Prison Service Board to enable the notable gospel artist to execute the task.
“We want to restore hope to the prisoners through music. So in the following six years, the concentration will be to build music centers in the prison facilities, in light of the fact that there are talents among the prisoners that should be developed,” Mr Sarpong told the Daily Graphic.
Other personalities were respected with the African Humanitarian Award for exceeding expectations in various fields of human endeavour.
Yaw Ampofo Ankrah denies claims that Ex-Prez John Mahama gave him cash, cars and gifts.
Mr Oheneba Ntim-Barimah, an advocate of African Medicine, won the honor on health
and community service, while Ms Elizabeth Akua Patterson was also celebrated for her role in girl-child education.
The Queen of the Mankesim Paramountcy in the Eastern Region, Nana Amazing Amissah-Arthur III, and a Development Chief of Tamale, Naa Gregory Arthur, each received a humanitarian award for contributing to development of chieftaincy and culture.
Lady Rev. Dr Abena Tay won the award on leadership, while the President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Mr Bice Osei Kufuor, won the music category.
The media personality award was presented to the General Manager of Unique FM, Mr Ebenezer Ogyawu.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Director of Awards and Honours at EBLCA, Prof. Tony Karbo, called for concerted efforts to tackle the development challenges facing the country rather than relying on external support.
He said what was more important was for the human and natural resources of the country to be properly tapped and channelled into critical areas of development.
He warned against negative perceptions and inferiority complex, saying that such tendencies stalled national development.
“Ghana, and for that matter Africa, has been a photocopier that always lives the way of the western world. It is time for leadership to lead the way to reverse that trend and look within for solution”.