In the past few years, Nigerian gospel musicians have become popular in Ghana with numerous hits. Some of these hits include Midnight Crew’s “Igwe”, Sinach’s “I know who I am” and Eben’s “Victory”. But my favorite is Uche Agu’s “Double, double”. It goes like this:
Call: Eeeeiiii eh eh eh my God is good oh
Response: Eeeiii eh eh eh my God is good oh
Call: Everything na double double ooo
Response: Na double double ooo
I love singing this “Double double” song. I usually sing songs with good inspirational, educative, entertaining and uplifting lyrics. This is because I believe that everything we confess will come to pass in our lives.
I got my “double, double” blessing recently, on Friday, the 26th of April. That was when I realized that when we sing and pray for “double double”, we overlook the double preparations we need to do to also receive the double blessing. In my case, when the double blessing came, much more effort and grace were needed to enjoy both simultaneously.
It was my graduation for a Master of Arts (MA) degree program in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Education, Winneba.
On that same day, and about that same time, I was also to receive a citation from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Registrar General’s Department and the Copyright Office in appreciation of my service and support to the promotion of intellectual property awareness in Ghana.
Masters Degree Graduation
In 2016, I enrolled in a two-year Master’s degree program in Guidance and Counseling. This is because, apart from my musical career, I am also the Deputy CEO of the Center for Peace and Reconciliation (CPR), a non-profit organization that specializes in counseling, Alternative Dispute and Conflict Resolution (ADCR), mediation, people skills, training, outreaches, and several programs.
It was imperative to do a Master’s program in Counseling so I could be more efficient and also be certified as a Counseling Psychologist. My graduation was slated to be 26th of April at 9 am.
IP Ambassador (Copyright) Citation
Though I entered the music industry in 1991, it was only after my biggest hit in 1993 that I got to know about Intellectual Property (IP). And ever since I understood and appreciated the relevance and importance of IP as a creator, I have been creating awareness of it in all my circles.
At the moment, I am the Second Vice Chairman of the Copyright Owners Association of Ghana (GHAMRO). So, one week to the time of my graduation, I got a phone call from the Registrar Generals office concerning the world IP day celebration and I knew I couldn’t miss it! But the date was also on the 26th of April.
So, Friday, the 26th of April, was a very memorable day for me. I attended the IP Citation ceremony at the Yiri Lodge in Legon, Accra at 9am and as soon as I received the citation, I drove straight to Winneba for the Master’s degree graduation ceremony. It was a day for a double award!
The theme for this year’s IP day focuses on Sports. Other IP icons apart from myself are Dr. Nana Ama Browne Klutse, who is the IP icon for innovation, and Mrs. Mercy Tagoe, our current IP icon for Sports.
I would like to thank God for this achievement and how far He has brought me. I also want to acknowledge the support of my husband, Rev. Dr Emmanuel Hopeson, my family and the staff and patrons of the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. I am grateful to the Attorney General, the Registrar General and the Copyright Administrator for the citation.
I also want to thank my lecturers and all members of the Faculty of Education, Guidance and Counseling Department, University of Education, Winneba for their support in my academic work. Finally to all the Creative Arts industry institutions and personnel who supported my research project. Thank you for reading this post.