Minister Ike Ologo of star of the future fame responds to gospel artiste, Hannah Marfo over the latter’s claim that she slept hungry despite going to perform in some churches.
According to Minister Ike, Christianity does not only teach Gospel musicians to learn about worship and praise songs only, but wisdom from the scriptures, teaching them about the business/Financial side of their music and Ministry.
Read below his full comment on Facebook.
“Anytime I hear or read articles like this, then I begin to laugh, Ignorance is a disease, Lack of knowledge my people perish…… But I will and Never blame the #CHURCH, I blame the personality(the Gospel Artiste)… Christianity doesn’t only teach Gospel musicians to learn about worship or praise Songs only, but (WISDOM from the scriptures/the HolySpirit will teach you about the business/Financial side or your music and Ministry. (scripture says if anyman lacks wisdom,he should ask, and I the Lord will give unto thee!!!! The reality on the ground is when you wake up from your bed, start brushing your teeth,tooth paste and brush companies are making money, the bills start reading,from rent to water,to increase in fuel prices, Electricity,prices of food,clothing etc,mobile Airtime) If U know your worth, people will also know your worth Know your VALUE and keep increasing your value that how people will buy any product u selling.
There’s always a perception about cheap products,(they have no value in people’s eyes and minds) Gospel Music is no Joke Gospel Music is not Cheap Gospel Music is very Expensive and a serious craft. If they ain’t paying don’t play or else you will go home crying especially if this is ur Full time ministry or Full-time Job(Hand to mouth),u got bills to pay???? Or go into #Entrepreneurship or have a side (8-5job) to pay your bills and take care of ur household whether corporate Ghana or a church worker on payroll(Musicians,Praise and worship leaders, instrumentalists…..etc…. Take Responsibility for your ACTIONS NEVER Blame GOD if you fail to think and plan well….. #TheChoice is Yours(HOW Can you go to bed without food)…. Either u treat it as BUSINESS and pay ur bills,Apart from other favours that might flood in for you by grace(favours are PROBABILTIES U can never depend on for Survival or blame yourselves if u allow them to give u chicken Change……(SERVING GOD is no POVERTY)… Parable of the Talents (be fruitful and Multiply)……. Place what Value on anything u find ur hands and mind doing and make sure u become A PRO(Master your arts)….. then people will demand for u and they will have to pay for your time and Service. U have no excuse to fail. EDUCATION is no Barrier, u have the internet 247 to learn from,friends,Seniors etc, Infact in the 21century,real life hustle is outside the Classroom,U have to make a conscious effort to SUCCEED. How can GOD enlarge ur territory when ur HEAD is empty). GOD can never bless your Hands when ur Hands can’t find someone to do. GOD Bless U!. TAKE UR GOSPEL MUSIC ART & CRAFT Serious! [SIC].
Gospel singer, Hanna Marfo recounted some bad experiences at the peak of her career where in some cases, she slept hungry despite going to perform in some churches.
According to the musician, pastors of such churches took her for granted and invited her to perform without paying a dime for her struggle and at the end of the day, she had to drink only water before retiring to bed.
She asserted that some pastors in the early days when Gospel music was most enjoyed took them for granted in the name of “God’s work”.
“Sometimes you have to drink water to bed after you have gone to perform in a church, you see”, Hanna Marfo revealed this in an interview with Light FM in Kumasi monitored by MyNewsGh.com’s Syxtus Eshun.
This was so because she never charged churches she performed for even when she was at the peak of her career.
“No single church in Kumasi can tell me I charged to perform whiles I lived there. In those days, people paid me according to what they thought it was a good wage. Sometimes you have to drink water to bed after you have gone to perform in a church, you see”, she narrated her ordeal.
“I have performed and gone to bed with no food. Even common transportation they won’t offer you”, she added
Counting the number of churches which did this to her, the singer indicated it wasn’t just one.
“Lots of them, all they say is God bless you. I don’t know if the trend has changed this time, but previously, some were doing it”. She stressed.
She is of the conviction that these are some of the things which have gingered the new artistes to charge churches before performing.
Regretting her old days in the industry, Hanna Marfo sorrowfully stated that, she wouldn’t be begging for money today to care for her sick daughter if she had charged for performing during her peak time in the industry.
She counseled upcoming artiste “this is the time all churches come together and help grow artistes” adding that churches must pay something worthwhile to the artistes.
Hanna Marfo is out with a new album and in the wake of her child’s illness to raise money for her surgery.