Samuel Ofori Amponsah (born March 2, 1974), also known by the name Mr. All 4 Real, is a Ghanaian music artist from Agogo, Ashanti Region, Ghana. He is regarded as a musical love master and is said to be one of the most popular highlife artists in Ghana.
He won seven awards in one night at the 2006 VGMA awards, including 2005 Artist of the Year, and has a combined total of 17 Ghana Music Awards nominations, making him one of the highest nominated artists. He has performed in places such as New York, Chicago, and Sierra Leone.His music has a heavy R&B influence.
He has collaborated with the likes of Kofi Nti, Barosky, and K. K. Fosu. Some of his most popular songs are “Lady,” “Emmanuella,” and “Otoolege.”
Samuel Ofori Amponsah was born March 2, 1974, to Johnson Kwadwo Ofori and Georgina Nkansah,in Agogo, Ashanti Region, Ghana. He is known to be an advocate for education and was enrolled in school before the age required.
He began his education at an Agogo practice school and later attended Konongo Odumase Secondary School, where he found his passion for writing poetry. His poems were later used in his songs, most notably in his song “Asew.”
He dropped out of school and later met music bigwig Daddy Lumba, gaining access into the music industry. At an early age, he discovered his love for music. He began writing at the age of 13 after being inspired by the talented music legend Michael Jackson, which may account for his R&B style of music his best friend was called kofi Stone.
Amponsah started working with Daddy Lumba in 1999.He gained entry into the music industry when he was featured on Daddy Lumba’s album Wo Ho Kyere. Although he earned a shot in the limelight for this collaboration, his career did not fully launch until 2000.He released his first album with Owusek Productions in 2001, titled Asew, which had eight tracks, plus a bonus instrumental of the song “Asew.” He later released the albums Meprawo and Rakia in 2002 and 2004.
In 2013, Amponsah made the decision to leave secular music and released a gospel album in 2014 called The Gospel According to Ofori. His decision included becoming a pastor. He founded the Family of Faith and Love Ministries to spread the word of God. It wasn’t long before he switched back to secular music, claiming he would save souls through his love songs. After announcing his decision to go back to secular music, he began rehearsing and preparing his fans for a new experience and new image for his future performances. He was reported to have spent a month in seclusion at his home in order to focus on preparing for his stage performances.
The 2015 release of his single “Alewa” earned him a nomination for 2015 Highlife Artist of the Year and 2015 Highlife Song of the Year. The song was in collaboration with Sarkodie, a fellow Ghanaian music artist and rapper. The pair performed the song at the 2015 Rapperholic concert. “Alewa” is featured on Amponsah’s newest album Songs of Solomon, which includes the hits “Not Falling,” “Serious,” and “Wonkoaa.” The eleven-track album features music producers Kaywa, Appietus, and Bodo Staiger.
After moving from secular music to more spiritual music, Amponsah claimed making hit gospel music was more difficult than making secular music. He later returned to secular music and faced criticism for his actions. After releasing “Alewa,” featuring Sarkodie, he has been called “Pastor Alewa.” His manager, Frank Agyekum, claimed Amponsah wanted to go back to making love songs.
A fellow highlife artist, Criss Waddle, openly criticized Amponsah, questioning his religious calling.Sound engineer, Morris D’voice, had a different opinion as he defended Amponsah and called for more acceptance for the musician.
He performed his first show after coming back to secular music in 2015