Beloveds, the transition is complete, former Hiplife artiste Yaw Siki is now Brother Yaw.
Years ago, he was known for his hit single ‘Wope Dodo’, and a crazy lifestyle. All of that changed when he was involved in an accident on the Accra-Tema Motorway with a friend on Monday, April 15, 2013, on their way back from Accra.
Their Toyota Camry car somersaulted near the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) Dominion Centre. They were rushed to the 37 Military Hospital. Siki was later admitted and treated for deeps cuts on his head.
He was subsequently discharged after spending some two weeks at the military-run health facility.
His then manager, Coaches told this reporter in August 2013 that after Siki’s full recovery he will be doing ‘positive’ music.
“He is fine … as in he’s recovering … he’s 80% through with the recovery process. I can say he’s fine compared to how everything started he is fine now. This time around, it’s going to be more positive music. That’s what he is thinking now. Life by R2Bees is an example of positive music.”
In March, 2014, Siki announced via a post on his Facebook wall that he was done with secular music and now a gospel musician.
His new life meant he had no stable income. Siki told Hitz FM’s Gloria Nyarku in an interview, he depends on his family and preaching to survive.
“(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.”
An offer by Gospel artiste Sonnie Badu to help was rejected because he (Yaw Siki) felt that the offer was made public just for human praise and deemed it ‘‘dishonourable’.
“If he truly wanted to assist, he could have contacted me first without making it public. I’m not in support of that because my Christian beliefs are against that so upon careful consideration, I had to turn down the offer.”
Badu told Antoine Mensah on Lifestyle Cafe on Live FM that the offer to help wasn’t made out of malice or to embarrass the Siki.
“My motive was to let him know that we are there for him. It was a touchy subject when he said he depends on money from people when he preaches. My motive was not to embarrass him, if that is how he felt I apologize.”
Safe to say that all that doesn’t matter any more, Siki is in a good place.