Former hiplife artiste Isaac Okai, popularly known as Yaw Siki, after surviving a gory accident in 2013, now lives on preaching the gospel of Christ.
The incident, which happened on the Accra-Tema Motorway did not just leave the artiste bedridden for months, it also renewed his faith in God.
Yaw Siki, who had his debut hiplife song ‘Wope Dodo’ in 2011, switched from secular music to gospel in appreciation of God’s favour for him and the second chance offered him.
“One inch away from death God gave me a second chance. They said there’s this thing called hallow vest, that vest was screwed to my forehead, actually touching my scalp and I had to lay on my back for three months,” he recounted.
Yaw Siki added that, “I couldn’t take my bath for three months, they had to do dry cleaning for three months, it wasn’t a pleasant experience and so if today if I am here, it’s by His grace, I am saved by grace, I have been given a second chance, forgiven and healed.”
Since giving his life to Christ, he has released tracks like ‘Thank You’, ‘Ohene’ and ‘Medi Wekyi’.
Unfortunately, these songs have not been given same attention like the secular ones he did. According the former hiplife musician, who now prefers to be called Yaw, the media still took interest in his old works.
Though he had friends from the industry to come to his aid during the traumatic experience, they fled before long.
“The acceptance they (gave) me, they do not associate or accept or receive me like how they used to because now. But I have a different mindset [and] a different goal ahead of me.
“I feel rejected, I am human [being] but already the bible has made me know that if I am in Christ I am not of this world and so definitely once I am not of this world and not doing the worldly things then I cannot associate with them,” he opined.
After battling with himself on his next line of action, Yaw says God gave him yet another direction.
“I was praying last year in December and then the spirit just prophesied through my own self that I should preach in communities 7,8,9 and 10 (all in Tema) this year.”
Yaw turns 30 this year and out of curiosity, he was asked how he fends for himself? He disclosed that, he gets financial assistance from family and also receives tokens from preaching the word of God.
“(With) my bills, my family supports me and then when I preach, people give [me money], when I preach I do not ask but when I finish and some people call me, oh take this, take that and all with family support I am able to pay bills.”
“Last year December, I [preached] at the Motorway Roundabout and a man gave me GHc500. That’s the highest I have received so far,” he disclosed.
“I preach in the Trotros (Commercial buses). I preach in between lanes in the communities and you see that people will not give you that big amount for preaching to them but I don’t mind,” Yaw concluded.