When he made a decision five years ago to make gospel music despite the daunting challenges that may come with his new “job”, Superintendent Kofi Sarpong knew the conflicting roles of being a police man and a gospel artiste.
But despite the bad image the Police Security Agency might have courted over the years in the eyes of Ghanaians and beyond, the “Ayeyi Ndwom” artiste believes police officers are all destined for heaven since their profession is a “divine calling”.
“We are like pastors who lead the flock of God on the right path. You cannot be part of the police force if you don’t have a calling from God.
“I know that many people would disagree with me because the police have been crucified for many years but that is the bitter truth,” were the words of Superintendent Kofi Sarpong when he spoke with Showbiz on Monday.
According to him, he was depressed at the start of his music career by negative comments passed about him because he was a member of the Police service but such criticisms, he said, were not enough to get him discouraged about his dream.
“What is the role of the Police? Is it not to maintain law and order and bring sanity to the society? Is that not similar to the work of pastors? Don’t they ensure that people lead righteous lives and shy away from sin which breeds chaos?
“How can such a group of people who ensure the security of the society be disregarded by society? I have always and will continue to be proud of my police background.
“Truth is that, my job as a police officer has really influenced my success as a gospel artiste because both have divine duties to teach people the right path,” he added.
DSP Sarpong, who was on the defence of the Police Service, disputed assertions that it is a corrupt institution.
A survey conducted by the Institute of Economic Affairs early this year suggested the Ghana Police Service was the most corrupt state institution in the country.
That wasn’t the first time the Ghana Police Service had come under public scrutiny for their alleged corrupt practices.
An earlier report by the Ghana Integrity Initiative dubbed, Voice of the People Survey had also suggested same.
But when these findings were pointed out to SP Sarpong who recently released his third album, I Believe, and asked of his opinion, he had this to say.
“We know that people are bias towards the Police Service. Yes, there may be some bad nuts in the Service like all other professions but that doesn’t negate the good services to the country. Even with such personnel, I know and believe they will make it to heaven despite the negative judgments about them,” he added.
The I Believe album, which has the popular Hour By This Time song and already receiving massive airplay would be launched at the Liberty Assemblies of God Church on Sunday, November 1, 2015.
In 2010, SP Kofi Sarpong, announced his “huge” presence on the music scene with his debut Sacrifice album. The album had the popular Ayeyi Ndwom song which earned him the Gospel Song of the Year award at the Ghana Music Awards the following year.
He expressed his appreciation to the public for the support given him since he came on the music scene and hinted on an impending “Thank You” concert in December this year to celebrate five years of his music career.