Okyeame Kwame has in an interview said he will never hurt an animal because he has come to the realization that the creatures also have feelings just like humans.
The Hiplife artiste intimated that, unlike others who would hurriedly kill a snake to prevent it from biting them, he would rather find out whether the snake in question is poisonous or not. Even so, his means of survival would not include taking the life of the snake.
In his submission, the rapper, who prides himself on being a vegan and a vegetarian, recalled how he respectfully turned down an offer from a Ghanaian ambassador in New York who wanted to help him establish a fish farm.
According to Okyeame Kwame, he could not accept the offer because he cannot produce what would eventually be killed and eaten by others when he is against the practice.
He said in the interview;
“I’ve been vegetarian for six years; vegan for two years. I don’t eat meat; I don’t eat meat or anything from animals except honey. One day I just realized that the most important thing to me is my life and I saw the cow felt the same way…”Okyeame Kwame
He was asked by the intrigued host by his narrative if he was one of those people who if a snake enters their house, he will be looking at how to save it before surviving.
Before he would give a direct response to the question, the 46-year-old rapper sought to educate the public on how to find out whether a snake poses a danger to them or not.
“You know what is interesting? There are 200 species of snakes; only 20 of them bite to kill. If you look at where the eyes are, you can tell whether it is poisonous or not”.Okyeame Kwame
“At that moment of survival, you’re thinking of species?”The host
The host asked a question that made everyone in the studio, including Okyeame Kwame, laugh uncontrollably.
“…If it confronts you, then you need to save yourself, obviously. But a snake has entered your house, it’s in the kitchen, then everyone is looking for something to come and hit it?”Okyeame Kwame
Okyeame Kwame asked while stating emphatically that he would never do that.
According to the rapper, he explained saying;
“The opposite of love is not hate; the opposite of love is fear. And we fear what we don’t know. So, if you take your time to know the things that are of importance to you, you’ll have no fear. And once you have no fear, you become complete love.
“And once you become love, you can’t hurt people; you can’t hurt animals. Even when you’re coming to eat a plant, you know you’re hurting it and you’re sad for it”.Okyeame Kwame
I was young and stupid
In the spirit of a ‘Throwback Thursday’, let’s cast our minds back to former Hiplife group Akyeame’s record ‘Bra Yen Tena’, off the Masan Aba album.
It was probably one of your favorite songs to listen to, but one-half of the group, Okyeame Kwame, has revealed that he is not proud of that record.
In an attempt to give an example of what a bad song is, Okyeame Kwame told the host;
“My song ‘Bra Yen Tena’ was a bad song and I have been looking for a perfect opportunity to apologize to fans for it. In the song, we dissed the lady in question. The lyrics, the verse, and chorus had no proper cohesion”.Okyeame Kwame
Its opening lyrics loosely translate to ‘even if he put a ring on your finger, come stay with me, because in this city, one man’s wife is another man’s girlfriend’. The song was sampled from the popular ‘Fresh’, by American R&B/Funk band Kool & the Gang.
According to Okyeame Kwame, whereas the original song praised a lady, Okyeame’s version did the exact opposite. He adds;
“I did the song because I was young and stupid”.Okyeame Kwame
He said he would’ve made a better record if he could turn back the hands of time. The ‘Rap Doctor’ has since then been a better man and has demonstrated his growth in thoughts and lyrics. ‘Faithful’, ‘Sika’, and ‘Woara’ are some of his songs with wholesome lyrics that have endeared him to the hearts of Ghanaians.