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BACKGROUND:

Eric was born in Ghana and lived there with his younger sister at their grandparent’s home until he was 12. Their father and mother were divorced and living abroad. Life in Ghana was a huge struggle as he was always told by his teachers that he was useless and worthless. This affected his progression and development at school and his emotional/mental wellbeing. Eric dreamt of moving abroad to be with his parents but this seemed completely out of reach, until the opportunity finally came for him and his sister to move to Canada to live with their father and stepmother. Within weeks, however, the dream turned to a nightmare for them, especially for Eric who was made to suffer horrific physical and emotional abuse.

 

His stepmother hated them so much. She treated her own children well providing them with everything they needed but was intent on mistreating Eric and his sister, even to the extent of turning her own children against them. They were at times forced to go to school without any food or locked in the bedroom and deprived of food at home, which resulted in Eric begging his friends for food and at times even stealing from the supermarket. They were regularly told by his father and stepmother that if they mentioned anything to anyone they would face further punishments, so the abuse continued.

Eric had serious thoughts of taking his own life at one time was going to jump off the 13th floor apartment which he lived at. He felt what was the point of living as he believed that he was worthless person with no hope but through all this, there was this inner voice which told him everything was going to be alright. The abuse went on for nearly two years until his mother who was living in London sensed that something was not right, so she invited them to come and spend Christmas with her in 1992. After knowing the facts his mother filed for them to live in the UK in 1993 and won the case.

Eric started his new life in London and he lived a life of deep hatred and unforgiveness towards his dad, stepmother and those who hurt him. People he trusted hurt him deeply and he felt like they were trying to destroy he destiny. One verse which helped me through these times was Jeremiah 29:11 and this gave me hope. Even though I was brought up as a Christian, I didn't personally know Christ and I got saved at the age of 14 at a Faith Camp in Peterborough. I had to learn to forgive my dad and those who have hurt me. I became closer to God and showed me his purpose for my life and gave me the gift of writing songs and singing.

This went on for two years until their mother who was living in London sensed that something was not right, so she invited them to come and spend Christmas with her in 1992. After knowing the facts his mother filed for them to live in the UK in 1993 and won the case. Eric started his new life in London where he completed his GCSE’s at school, gained Distinctions & a Merit at College and achieved a Master’s degree at university.

From a young child who was told he was worthless, abused and thought of ending his own life, Eric is now an International Worship Leader, Multiple Award winner, Songwriter, Evangelist, CEO of Christian Music Professionals (CMP), Director of Great Commission Society (GCS) and Founder of Spontaneous Worship. His songs have impacted many lives and brought them closer to God. From his own words Eric quoted “Isn't God such an amazing and wonderful God, who can turn your situation around”. Eric is a living testimony to God’s mercy and goodness.

 

Eric’s heart, passion and mission now is to spread the good news, share the love and gospel of God to the multitudes. He wants his testimony to be a light to the lost, to bring hope and restoration and that people may know God and how awesome he is.

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