…my mum gave me one year to succeed in music or quit and focus on my education

Michael Owusu Addo, better known as Sarkodie, Ghana’s most decorated hip-hop artist, has revealed that his elder sister is the most contributor to his musical career.

Speaking on ‘Podcast and Chill with MACG’ in South Africa on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, monitored by this portal, the rapper revealed that though his mother believed in his music career from the beginning, it got to a time she gave him a one-year ultimatum to succeed or quit and focus on his education.

Thankfully, he said his big sister, Veronica Owusu-Addo, introduced him to some of the big players in the industry who finally paved the way for him to get signed on a music record even less than the one year ultimatum he was given by his mother.

“My whole family supported it, my big sister was one of the people that held my hand into the industry. She started making friends in the industry and introduced me to already known artistes. My family made a major role,” he said.

Throwing more light on his mother’s one-year ultimatum, he asserted that African parents are sometimes antagonistic towards their wards becoming musicians because of the unacceptable lifestyles some musicians live.

The 2019 BET International Flow artiste stressed that his mother, Emma Ewurama Maame Aggrey, became very happy when she started hearing about him from almost corner of the country.

“In Africa, parents don’t see music as a thing to go into because of how some of us turn out when we go into it…my dad wasn’t around. It was mainly my mum, she played both parts. My mum was very strong and she was really strict.

“She gave me a year to prove myself if this is what I really want to do and thank God it was the same year I had one of my biggest records. In that same year, she was in a taxi and the driver was talking about her son. She wasn’t aware that I was out there. He didn’t believe her when she said she was my mother,” he concluded.