Sammie Okposo who is unarguably one of Nigeria’s leading gospel brands has survived almost everything a gospel musician should not survive. He has faced multiple scandals, church suspension and vicious rumour mongering.
The Delta-State born gospel musician who used to produce soundtracks for movies said he is ‘graciously enjoying’ his time with his wife without the divided attention a woman shares with her children and husband.
Sammie whose marriage will be six years come July 1, said in an exclusive interview with Sunday Scoop that he is not bothered by the fact that he is yet to have a child with Ozioma Okposo who is the younger sister of Kene Mkparu, the CEO of FilmHouse and Filmone.
‘‘I am happily married. I am happy I did not get married before I married my wife. I married my best friend. She is a good woman, she is a supporter. She loves Sammie Okposo and not the superstar. We were friends for three and half years before we got married.’’
Speaking further about their not having a child yet, he said, “I am not bothered. Why should I be bothered? Am I God? Anything that has to do with life is not in my control. God is the person with the final say when it comes to childbirth. It is going to happen, because delay is not denial. However, it is not affecting the happiness in my home. I am not waiting for my wife to give me a child to bring extra happiness. It has not even formed a discussion in our home. God is the owner of babies; he is the one that gives.
“I thank God because he did not give me some things when I wanted them. In the meantime, I am grooving, rocking and graciously enjoying my wife because there is no distraction and responsibility of raising a child yet. When God feels we have enjoyed ourselves enough, he will give us double for our trouble. The way we are now, if I’m on tour in America and I miss her, she could join me if she’s free but when babies are involved, you can’t just leave home like that.”
The gospel singer who had a well-documented dalliance with Kate Henshaw in the past and has a reputation for women, said all his attention is now on Jesus and his wife. “It is a time to focus, I looked at myself in the mirror and spoke to myself. As far as Sammie Okposo is concerned, no more side chick for me. It is not even a topic of discussion,” he said.
Speaking further, Sammie said he is concerned about the trend of inviting secular artistes to the church to minister. In time past, Korede Bello signed under Mavin Record and some other musicians have been invited to different churches to sing. Sammie who is a Globacom ambassador said, “It is totally wrong.”
“It is 100 per cent wrong for a church leader or a church denomination to bring a secular artiste to minister in church; what we have is an altar not a stage. You cannot take people to a place you have never been. As long as you are not a gospel musician, you are not anointed to minister on the altar of God as a singer. It doesn’t matter whether you used to sing in the church or not,” he added.