Nigerian gospel musician Sammie Okposo was born on May 30, 1971, and performs internationally. He was also the CEO of Zamar Entertainment, a psalmist, and a music producer. He released his debut album, “Addicted,” in 2004. He has collaborated with a wide variety of gospel and soul musicians. Along with well-known gospel vocalist Marvellous Odiete, he co-wrote the song “Follow You.” He has also regularly given performances throughout North America, Europe, and Africa. He also oversees the SOPP concert series (Sammie Okposo Praise Party). The Grammy-winning Kevin Bond produced his most recent album, “The Statement,” in 2018.
Early Life and Education
On May 30, 1971, Sammie Okposo was born in Delta State, which is in the southern region of Nigeria. He is a member of the well-known Ijaw tribe. His father encouraged him to pursue an accounting career when he was younger. But when he began playing the piano at the age of nine, his passion for music truly took off as he experienced the high of a job well done.
By the time Sammie Okposo was ten years old, he was the church pianist. He was rumoured to be related to the senior pastors of House on the Rock Worldwide, Mr and Mrs Adefarasin.
He entered the Nigerian film industry in 1992 as a soundtrack producer before transitioning into music production, which marked the official start of his producing career. His debut album, “Unconditional Love,” which included the popular song “Welu-Welu,” utterly rocked the music business in 2000 and helped him break out of local popularity and onto the global arena.
In addition to performing on stages with Donnie Mcclurkin, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Deitrick Haddon, Jonathan Nelson, Micah Stampley, Maxi Priest, Shaggy, Missy Elliot, Benjamin Dube, Judith Sephuma, Sonnie Badu, Uche Double-Double, Lionel Peterson, Angelique Kidjo, and Koffi and winning numerous national and international awards, Sammie has defied expectations of what is typically possible
In addition to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration and the July 4th holiday celebration, he has performed on significant occasions. Before becoming a UN Peacekeeping Ambassador, he spent five years as a Glo Ambassador.
He was married to Ozioma Sammie Okposo, and they have children together. Early in 2022, he was charged with infidelity and suspected of having an extramarital affair, which led to the sad demise of his marriage.
Sammie Okposo formally apologized to his wife Ozioma on his Instagram site on January 24, 2022. He was accused of leaving her the day before by the woman, who only went by the name African Doll. The gospel singer announced to his audience that he would be pausing his ministry in order to focus on healing and begging for pardon. His social media accounts were initially deleted, but a few days later, he added them back.
Controversies With Kate Henshaw
Sammie Okposo allegedly battered Kate Henshaw and even broke her ankle during their relationship, according to Kate Henshaw, who revealed this in an interview. She disclosed that although he pretended to love her, he enjoyed beating her repeatedly.
- Unconditional Love (Welu Welu Reloaded) (2000)
- Addicted (2004)
- No More Drama (2006)
- The Statement (2012)
- S. W. A. G (Saved with Amazing Grace) (2017)
- Oghenne Do
- Chukwu Ebube
- High Love
- A Marvellous Thing
- Naija Praise
- Let Peace Reign.
- Unconditional Love
- Lift Me
- Jawa Chineke
- I Go Make Am
- Come And Dance
- Big God
- God Can
- Mighty God
- Because Of You
- Welu Welu
Awards and Nominations
|1994||Fame Music Awards||Most Promising Male Artiste||Won|
|1997||The Movie Awards, Nigeria||Best Sound Track||Won|
|1998||The Movie Awards, Nigeria||Best Sound Track||Won|
|1999||The Movie Awards, Nigeria||Best Sound Track||Won|
|2000||The Movie Awards, Nigeria||Best Sound Track||Won|
|2001||Amen Awards, Nigeria||Best Gospel Artiste||Won|
|2002||Power of Music and Praise Awards||Best contemporary gospel Artiste||Won|
|2002||Power of Music and Praise Awards||Gospel Artiste of the year||Won|
|2003||Kora Awards, South Africa||Best Male Gospel Artiste in Africa||Nominated|
|2005||Amen Awards||Best Male contemporary gospel Artiste in Nigeria||Won|
|2005||CNA Awards||Best remix Album||Won|
|2005||Teen Choice Awards||Artist of the year||Won|
|2006||Afro Hollywood Awards UK||Best Gospel Artiste in English||Won|
|2006||Nigeria Movie Awards||Gospel Artist of the year||Won|
|2006||Nigeria Movie Awards||Best Sound and Music Score [Amazing Grace]||Won|
|2006||Kora Awards, South Africa||Best Male Gospel Artist in African||Won|
|2007||Nigeria Entertainment Awards, New York||Gospel artist of the year||Won|
|2008||Nigerian Music Video Awards||Best Gospel Video||Won|
|2008||Nigerian Music Awards||Best contemporary Gospel Artiste||Won|
|2010||God zone award||Excellence in Entertainment||Won|
|2011||Nigerian Music Video Awards||Best music video producer||Won|
|2012||Inside Out media awards||Positive impact awards||Won|
|2012||Pastor Bimbo Odukoya foundation awards||Best male Christian artiste||Won|
|2012||African Gospel Music Awards U.K||Trailblazer award||Won|
|2012||Real Soccerfest and CAN||Grass root ambassador of the year||Won|
|2013||Crystal Awards, Nigeria||Album of the year (The Statement)||Won|
|2013||Crystal Awards, Nigeria||Artiste of the year||Won|
|2013||Nigeria Entertainment Awards, New York City||Best Gospel Artist||Won|
|2013||Gospel Music Awards, Nigeria||Best Indigenous/Traditional Song Nigeria||Won|
|2013||Gospel Music Awards, Nigeria||Album of the year||Won|
|2013||Nigeria Gospel Music Awards, Nigeria||Artiste of the year||Won|
|2014||Africa Gospel Music Awards (UK)||Music Video of the Year (Who Tell You Say)||Won|
|2014||SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards (SA)||Best of Africa Gospel||Won|
|2014||NMVA Nigerian Music Video Awards||Best Gospel Music Video (Who Tell You Say)||Won|
|2015||African Entertainment Legend Awards||Gospel Artiste of the year||Won|
|2015||The Beatz Awards||Best Music Producer||Won|
|2015||The Beatz Awards||Best Afro High life Artiste||Won|
|2015||Trumpet gospel music awards South Africa||Best worship song||Won|
|2016||Trumpet gospel music awards South Africa||Best worship song||Won|
|2016||Atlanta Georgia USA-Trail Blaizer Award||Best of African gospel awards||Won|
|2017||African Gospel Music and Media Awards, UK (AGMMA Awards)||Male Artiste of the year||Won|
The gospel singer, Sammie Okposo slumped and died on Friday 25th November, 2022
HowNG learnt from a source in the entertainment industry that the 51-year-old music producer slumped on Friday morning and died.
He has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.