Ghanaian reggae musician christened Kenneth Wilberforce Bossman but identified in showbiz circles as Black Prophet has recounted how he had to pretend he was not Ghanaian to escape typical stereotyping.
On his authority he had his dreadlocks even as a child and was treated poorly by members of his community.
In an interview on Happy98.9FM’s Ayekoo After Drive, the seasoned musician revealed that, “Growing up as a little boy with dreadlocks, I had to pretend I wasn’t Ghanaian to be free from constant stereotyping and verbal abuse.”
Being the proverbial prophet who was not accepted in his hometown, Black Prophet had to pretend he could only speak English to avoid constant bashing and reprimand from grown folks, that did not spare him the verbal abuse. “When people think you don’t understand the language they insult you,” he said.
He added, “Though it was tough going through that phase, it taught me patient. All this has given me the kind of strength to understand humility.”
He made known that people always see Rastafari as criminals and drug users which is a wrong perception and must be addressed.
Black Prophet is currently promoting his
classic reggae masterpiece titled ‘Stories of life.”
By: Joel Sanco