Samuel Koyire Kobina, also known as Psalm 1, the Christ Junkie, is a poet, rapper, spoken word artist, musician, stage and artist coach, and event organiser. He is a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and a member of Heavens Connection, an alternate rap group, and SASA (Speakers and Singers Association).
What has inspired you over the years?
What has inspired me on my journey? Well, my life and its experiences. Furthermore, the world, God’s love towards me and humankind as a whole, and my purpose in life.
What is your greatest achievement?
The fact I’ve laid down my whole life to serve God and do His will for the rest of my life. Also, being a pioneer of Urban Gospel rap/ hip-hop, spoken word and poetry for over six years knowing how unpopular the aforementioned used to be. I’ve helped popularise them both in the Christian world and the world as a whole.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
In the next five years, I would be touring the world, telling people about Jesus and God’s love for them. Also teaching, coaching, mentoring young ones and giving them the platform to showcase their God-given skills/ talents through concerts and events.
Who is your role model?
My role models are first and foremost, Jesus Christ, and my biological father, Retired Chief Superintendent, Peter Kobina.
Your brand keeps on growing. What has been your secret?
To be very honest, it’s by God’s grace and mercy, hard work, perseverance, the constant desire and hunger to be a man of EXCELLENCE and not mediocrity.
What are your views on Christian rap?
On the world stage, it’s recognized, and several Christian rap artists such as Lecrae, Da Truth, T-Bone, Flames, etc. have been nominated for prestigious awards like the Grammy’s, Billboard Awards, just to mention a few. These rappers have been able to sell millions of records, toured all over the world and are most importantly, impacting lives and bringing change. In Ghana, it’s still growing from grace to grace. We have artists that have also won so many awards and nominations and achieved so much. Artists like Kingzkid, Preachers, Esaias, Too Deep, Lil Zig, Jaysmoke, many others, and myself have been pioneering and introducing people to this kind of music and style.
Even though it comes with it, Christian rappers don’t do what they do for fame, money, cars, etc. The purpose of their rap songs is to preach the message of Jesus Christ as disciples to impart and impact the world positively. Note one thing; they are NOT Christian rappers because they mention Jesus or God’s name in their song. They are because they have a relationship with Christ.
Why Christian rap, and what impact have you made on society?
I do what I do because I’ve been called by God to do it. It’s God’s purpose for my life. And let me state that, I don’t just do rap, I’m also into poetry/ spoken word, coaching and event organising. As an artist, I blend both rap and spoken word, something I refer to as “Spoken-Rap”.
What are your views on entrepreneurship in Ghana?
We’re doing well now. People are starting their own businesses and startups unlike back in the day when people go to school and their main aim is to complete and look for white-collared jobs. What we need to do is to encourage people to start up their own businesses at an early age. It should be part of the school curriculum. We should help provide capital for people and encourage creativity.
What advice do you have for young entrepreneurs?
My advice to entrepreneurs is that they serve God and seek to have a relationship with Him, be selfless and not self-centered as is the order of the day, show love and always strive to be excellent in all their ways.
Thank you for your time, Psalm 1. We wish you the best!
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Interview By: Kwesi Otoo