Hip life legend Kwame Nsiah-Apau, popularly known as Okyeame Kwame, the Rap Doctor has been given an honorary ‘Ayekoo Award’ at the 2017 Central Region Music Award.
The ‘Ayekoo Award’ was given to Okyeame Kwame as a lifetime achievement award for his immense contribution in the music industry.
The awards ceremony which was last Tuesday sought to acknowledge the creativity, talent and hard working musicians in the Central Region.
He received a citation and a well sketched image of himself in a beautiful frame, according to a report by modernghana.com.
An elated Okyeame Kwame thanked the organizers of the event for the recognition.
He also used the occasion to advised young musicians based in the Central Region against migrating to Accra but rather stay back in the Region and work hard.
According to the Rap Doctor, staying back and working effectively in their home region would grant the up and coming artistes the maximum grassroots exposure and support.
“Take advantage of the fact that you are a Central Region artist and Central Region loves you; don’t be in a hurry to take your music to Accra; other artistes who have gained world attraction began at home,” he said.
Citing examples to buttress his point, he mentioned Fancy Gadam as a perfect example of an artiste who started and built his fan base from home and now he is recognized nationwide.
“Fancy Gadam is a perfect example in Tamale, I (Okyeame Kwame) am a perfect example in Kumasi, Sarkodie is a perfect example in Tema, and so be the Central Region artist that will take Central Region to the national level,” Okyeame Kwame advised.
Okyeame Kwame is noted as a veteran in the music industry. He is a multiple award winner and has collaborated with MzVee, Yaa Yaa, Raquel and many others for hit songs such as ‘Small Small’ ‘Woara’ and many others.