Ahead of the 20th Vodafone Ghana Music awards ceremony, Gospel musicians in Ghana have raised concerns on the Lifetime Achievement Award being given out to musicians outside the gospel music fraternity, throughout the 20 years of existence of the award scheme. These crop of gospel musicians are arguing for the honorary award to be handed over to a gospel musician this time around, since they too have legends, who have not been recognized since the onset of their careers in music.
As a legend in the Ghanaian music industry and arguably a defined gospel sensation, Bernice Offei has shared her view concerning the argument raised by her colleagues. Speaking on ‘This is Gospel’ with Franky 5 on Hitz FM, Bernice cautioned gospel musicians to focus on doing the work of God and that it is only God who can reward them at the right time. She said, “I think that we are not called so much to come and receive awards, but to do what God has called us to do. And when you do it, at the right time God will give the reward. If you are looking for the reward, I bet you it may never come.”
Bernice also hinted that when it comes to awards on earth you can receive them all, but it is no ticket to heaven. She said, “I appreciate the fact that as human as we are, sometimes these things seem you have been cheated on something. It can be painful, but that is not what is going to take you to heaven anyway. You can get the awards here and go to hell.”
Known by her hit songs such as Life is short, It’s by Grace, N’adom Ara Kwa and more, Bernice is a Ghana Music Awards recipient for the categories of ‘Song Writer of the Year’ and Best Female Vocal Performance of the Year’, which she won in 2009. She currently has two singles on the playlists titled, Heaven Bound and Your Will.
Written by: Larry Adams