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Buhari, fans, colleagues mourn popular gospel singer Okposo

Many Nigerians and lovers of Nigerian songs were suddenly thrown into shock and grief as news surfaced on Friday morning, November 25, 2022, that a popular gospel singer, Sammie Okposo, had died in his Lagos home.

Since news of his death got into the public domain, there has been an outpouring of grief, especially as the singer wasn’t known to have battled ill health before his demise.

As a matter of fact, Sammie had put up a post on his Instagram page less than 24 hours before his demise. On Thursday, November 24, 2022, he had posted a throwback video of his concert on his page. In the video, he could be seen leading the congregation in an intense praise and worship session. Attendees of the concert were also obviously engrossed in the ministration as many of them could be seen immersed in the worship. Many lifted their hands and sang along with Sammie.” He captioned the post, “Throw Back Thursday. Sammie Okposo Praise Oarty. SOPP live in Lagos. Friday, November 4, 2022. It was a blast. Jesus did it.”

Announcing the singer’s death, a terse statement released by a relative, Hector Okposo read, “It is with a heavy heart but with total submission to God that I announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and minister of God, Sammie Okposo.

“Sammie slept and went to be with the Lord on the morning of Friday, November 25, 2022. More details about the burial will be communicated soon.

“We are consoled because we know that he is with Jesus, singing with angels. We kindly request the family is allowed to grieve peacefully at this time.”

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), stated that the late singer had mentored many youths to stardom. A statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, read in part, ““President Muhammadu Buhari sympathises with the family, friends and professional associates of renowned gospel singer, Sammie Okposo, whose demise left many in Nigeria and across the world severely shocked.

“The President commiserates with the Christian community, particularly Okposo’s colleagues in gospel music and the younger generation, who have over the years identified with his elevating style of praise and worship.

“He notes the unique platform of worship created by Okposo, as well as his creative contributions to the Nigerian film industry, and the inspiring role he played in grooming talents and mentoring them to stardom.”

On his part, the Governor of Delta, Okposo’s home state, and the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ifeanyi Okowa, described the late singer’s death as a great loss to the latter’s family, the state and gospel music lovers all over the world.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, Okowa said, “On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I mourn the passing of an illustrious son of our state and a great gospel minister.

“The news of his death was shocking and it is, indeed, a great loss because he was a valued asset to Deltans and Nigerians, especially as his songs continue to inspire many to worship God.”

Infidelity scandal

Many can recall that early in the year, the popular singer was involved in an infidelity scandal when a United States of America-based woman identified as African Doll, claimed that they had an affair, and he impregnated her. According to her, when she informed him about the pregnancy, he asked her to terminate it. She added that he stopped communicating with her after she refused to do his bidding.

Shortly after the scandal broke, the singer took to his Instagram page to apologise to his wife, and announce that he would be taking a break from ministry work.

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In a now deleted post, he had written in part, “I need to bring a very unfortunate incident to your attention as I am not proud of it, but that this is the right thing to do. On my recent trip to the USA (late 2021), I got intimately involved with a lady, knowing that this was not appropriate as a married man and a minister of the gospel.

“I am ashamed and regret my actions as it has caused a lot of pain to my dear wife Ozioma, my family and me. As I work in making peace with God, repenting and asking for His forgiveness, I am suspending myself from all ministry work until full restoration, as this is what is proper and what I know I owe God and His people.”

Unfinished business

Before his death, Sammie Okposo had been billed to perform at several events, with one even supposed to hold on the same day he died. He had already announced to his fans that he would at the Outpouring Assembly international, in Calabar for the event which was to run from November 25 to November 27, 2022.

He had also posted the flyer of an event he was billed to perform at tagged, ‘Simpli Praise 3.0’, which was to hold at the Royal Oaks Event Centre, Lagos, on December 23, 2022.

He had also been expected to make an appearance at popular singer, Sinach’s December concert themed, ‘Love Feast’.


In an interview with Saturday Beats, the President of the Gospel Musicians Association of Nigeria, Funmi Aragbaye, told our correspondent that she was yet to get over the shock of Okposo’s death. She said, “I heard about it (his death) just about 15 minutes ago, and I am yet to recover from the shock. I am in Ondo State at the moment. I was even on the highway when I was called that we had lost him, which is very sad and shocking, not only to me but to the body of Christ and the body of gospel artistes in Nigeria.”

Another gospel singer, Esther Igbekele, described Okposo as a great man of God and pace setter.

She told our correspondent, “Sammie Okposo was a pace setter. He was also a great man of God. Although I did not really have a close relationship with him, he was a role model worthy of emulation.”

Taking to his Instagram page, another gospel singer, Nathaniel Bassey, wrote, “News of our brother’s passing, Sammie Okposo, hit me really hard this morning. I am still dazed. I pray for God’s comfort and strength for the immediate family, friends and colleagues.”

In a similar vein, Amaka Okwuoha, aka Chioma Jesus, posted pictures of the deceased on her Instagram page accompanied with a broken heart and candle emoji. She added the caption, “Rest in the bosom of the Lord, my ‘Wellu Wellu’ master.”

Comedian and singer, Bowoto Tanimola, aka Akpororo, simply wrote on Instagram, “This one enter me.”

Singer, Joseph Ebhodaghe, aka Joe Praise, also posted a picture of the late Okposo on Instagram and added the caption, “So difficult to take in, but we are comforted because we know you are ‘chilling’ in heaven; a sure better place.”

Sourced From Nigerian Music

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