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My Maiden poetry presentation earned me three times my salary – Nana Asaase

Ghanaian poet, literary coach, and writer Philip Boakye Dua Oyinka, popularly known as Nana Asaase, has shared that his initial side job yielded three times the income of his regular employment.

In an interview on Joy Prime’s Celeb Biz with Amelly Djosu, Nana Asaase recounted rushing to deliver a performance at the Trade Fair Centre during a one-hour break from his Dzorwulu workplace.

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Despite the tight schedule, his outstanding performance garnered thunderous applause, but what surprised him the most was the substantial payment from the organizers.

Reflecting on the experience, Nana Asaase emphasized that the gig paid him three times more than his regular job.

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“I had exactly an hour’s break time to drive from Dzorwulu to Labadi; it was at the Trade Fair Centre, deliver, and come back to the office. That’s how I was going to spend my break. I went for this performance, delivered hands-down, and I got paid. Let me say this here: that gig paid me about three times more than my regular job was paying me,” he indicated.

This revelation prompted Nana Asaase to reevaluate his priorities, leading him to invest more time in his craft. Today, he stands as an authority in poetry and spoken word in Ghana.

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He said that, “I could look unto any wall, any blank space, and see writings on the wall that you will not see or hear things you will not hear because my senses are open, because my senses are open to receive from the divine for the things that I do.”

Nana Asaase expressed a heightened sensitivity, being able to perceive unseen writings and hear things others might not due to his open senses.

Acknowledging the challenges of his upbringing, Nana Asaase sees them as catalysts propelling him toward greatness.

He encouraged individuals, especially the youth, to embrace every learning opportunity seriously and not succumb to self-destruction over circumstances beyond their control.

Source: The Independent Ghana

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