By Lolade Sowoolu
KORA Awards Best African Gospel Artiste, Sammie Okposo, is finally getting ready to release his fourth album titled â€˜Take Me Backâ€™. â€˜Take Me Backâ€™ is one part of the double album to be released by the artiste to mark his 10th year anniversary.
On why heâ€™s titled the album as such, Sammie said â€œHuman beings can be forgetful most times. There is a need for us to look back and tell God to take us back considering where he has brought us from. Most of us have derailed from his (Godâ€™s) way. This time around, there is the need to tell the Lord to take us backâ€, he explained.
Sammie was earlier quoted in a national daily to have said that he was tired of competing with secular artistes as he also decried his attempts at commercialising his calling in the bid of releasing club-bangers. He reportedly said, â€œâ€™This my new project is a clear departure from the old.
We cannot afford to continue as before. We have all taken gospel music to the level where it lacks content all because we are looking for club bangers. We wanted the radio DJs and club DJs to bang our songs and compete on the same level with the secular musicians. We have sacrificed our calling on the altar commercialism.
That is not what God has called us for. God called us to be psalmists and worshippers… That was where I started from and that is where I am going back. That is why my new album is more about God taking me back to the basics.â€
The new album â€˜Take Me Backâ€™ is expected to be released before the end of October and it contains ten interesting numbers such as â€˜God is Goodâ€™, â€˜Jesuâ€™, â€˜Turn by Turnâ€™, â€˜Bless the Lordâ€™ and â€˜Na Soâ€™. Already, singles such as â€˜Na Soâ€™ and â€˜Jesuâ€™(which features Emem of the KUSH fame) are enjoying rotations on different radio stations.
By next June, the artisteÂ will be celebrating his 10th year anniversary as a musician. Since the release of his debut album, Welu Welu, Sammie has remained one of the most successful gospel music song in the country.
He has performed the greatest number of concerts and at the same time received the greatest number of awards. Not only that he became the first gospel artiste to be signed as an ambassador in the country.
He is Nigeriaâ€™s number one export in his genre due to the number of international concerts he has performed and through his annual Out of Africa Concerts which holds in selective countries. No doubt, Sammie Okposo is â€˜blessedâ€™ among his contemporaries.