Sammie Okposo

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Sammie Okposo
Okposo performing in 2016
Okposo performing in 2016
Background information
Birth nameSammie Okposo
Born(1971-05-30)30 May 1971
Died25 November 2022(2022-11-25) (aged 51)
Occupation(s)Singer, psalmist, producer
Years active1992–2022
LabelsZamar Entertainment
Ozioma Okposo
(m. 2010)

Sammie Okposo (30 May 1971 – 25 November 2022) was a Nigerian gospel artist.[1]

Okposo was also a music producer, psalmist, and CEO of Zamar Entertainment.[2] He released his debut album, Unconditional Love in 2000[3] and his sophomore album Addicted in 2004.[4]

Okposo collaborated with many other artists in the gospel and soul music fields. He collaborated with popular gospel singer Marvellous Odiete on "Follow You" and American gospel singer Jonathan Nelson on Oghene Doh,[5] has performed regularly in Africa, Europe, and North America,[6][7] and curated a series of concerts called SOPP (Sammie Okposo Praise Party).[8][9] His most recent album, The Statement (2018), was produced by the Grammy-winning Kevin Bond.[10]


In 1992, Okposo became a soundtrack producer in the Nigerian movie industry. This was the official start of his career as a producer. He then switched to making music.

When he released his first album, "Unconditional Love," in 2000, with the hit single "Welu-Welu," he shook up the music business.[3] Okposo was known all over the world and won many awards in Nigeria.[3]

Personal life and death[edit]

Okposo issued a public apology to his wife, Ozioma, via his Instagram page on 24 January 2022, following his infidelity. The apology came a day after a lady, known only as African Doll, accused him of impregnating and abandoning her.[11] Okposo told his fans that he would be taking a step back from his ministry to focus on restoration and seek forgiveness.[12] He initially deactivated his social media handles,[13] but restored them a few days later.[14][15]

Okposo died on 25 November 2022, at the age of 51.[16]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2003 Kora Awards, South Africa Best Male Gospel Artiste in Africa Nominated[17][18]
2006 Afro Hollywood Awards UK Best Gospel Artiste in English Won[18]
2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, New York City Best Gospel Artist Won[19]
2014 SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards (SA) Best of Africa Gospel Won[17]
2015 The Beatz Awards Best Afro High life Artiste Won[18]
2016 Atlanta Georgia USA-Trail Blazer Award Best of African gospel awards Won[18]
2022 SOAR Awards 2022, USA International Artist Of The Year Won[20]


  1. ^ "Sammie Okposo Blows Hot on Fellow Gospel Singers". Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Nigeria: Sammie Okposo – Role Model With Multiple Honours". AllAfrica.
  3. ^ a b c "Sammie Okposo biography, net worth, age, family, contact & picture". Retrieved 25 November 2022.
  4. ^ "Sammie Okposo | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Sammie Okposo Ft. Nelson Jonathan – Oghene Doh". Retrieved 27 December 2022.
  6. ^ "Don Moen, Fred Hammond, Sammie Okposo to perform at this year's 'The Experience' — The Net NG". Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Sammie Okposo plans SOPP America". Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  8. ^ Ogunjimi, Opeoluwani (2013). "Nigeria: Sammy Okposo to Open NEA Show in New York". AllAfrica. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Sammie Okposo to hit London with 'Praise Party' concert which features Joe Mettle". Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Sammie Okposo Nigerian Gospel Artist Biography". Peoples Connect Sound. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  11. ^ Maitala, Kamang (25 January 2022). "Sammie Okposo Impregnated Me -Lady Reveals | AIT LIVE". Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  12. ^ Augoye, Jayne. "Sammie Okposo, tenders public apology on Instagram". Premium Times. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  13. ^ "BREAKING: Sammie Okposo deletes Instagram, twitter accounts". The Nation Newspaper. 27 January 2022. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  14. ^ "Sammie Okposo returns to social media, sets Instagram to private". Punch Newspaper. 31 January 2022. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  15. ^ "Sammie Okposo returns to Instagram, says he is now free from the power of sin". PulseNG. 31 January 2022. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  16. ^ Ella, Chioma (25 November 2022). "Gospel Singer, Sammie Okposo reportedly dies at 51". Kemifilani.
  17. ^ a b "Sammie Okposo bags S.Africa's biggest gospel awards nomination". Vanguard News. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  18. ^ a b c d "Sammie Okposo – The Experience Lagos". Archived from the original on 20 January 2021. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  19. ^ "Sammie Okposo wins NEA Award For Gospel Artiste Of The Year". Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  20. ^ "Sammie Okposo Wins International Artist Of The Year At SOAR Awards USA". Notjustok. 9 March 2022. Retrieved 27 December 2022.

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