Singer and dancer, Gemann, real name Nana Kwasi Agyeman, is free after 14 years of incarceration at the Nsawam Prison.
Gemann was part of the 500 prisoners that former President J. A. Kufuor granted pardon to just before he left office. This information was confirmed by a source at the President the Prisons Headquarters in Accra who said that 46-year-old Gemann was really free.
While in prison, Gemann became born-again, changed his name to G-Love and said that he wanted to an evangelist when he got out. While in prison, he formed a music group with some of the inmates and they recorded a 10-track gospel album titled, “God Is Love”.
In a brief telephone chat with Showbiz last Tuesday, Gemann said he was a free person now but needed time to sort out some official documentation about his release before dealing with the media.
Gemann was initially on death row for murder but his sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment. Five years ago when he spoke to Kwaku Sakyi-Addo in a n-holds-barred interview for the Kwaku One-On-One programme, he was hopeful that he would get out of prison a free man someday.
Gemann was a notable dancer and musician in the early 1990s. As a dancer, he was known for his perfect imitation of Michael Jackson’s dance moves. As a musician, he was noted for his popular song, “Highlife in G Major”.
He was at the height of his career when he shot a taxi driver with whom he had an argument over the fare and was condemned to death in 1995.
At the time of the interview, Gemann told Kwaku Sakyi-Addo that: “I don’t know how long I will have to serve, but I know that I have crossed the Red Sea and to get to Jordon will not be as difficult”.
He continued that, “While on death row, some of my mates went home and that was a great hope to know that somebody could go home from death row so you’re always waiting and anticipating that something positive will happen and you will come out ”.
Kwaku Sakyi-Addo ended the interview with the words: “I hope that one day I’ll see you outside” to which Gemann replied “hopefully, hopefully very soon”.
Today, Gemann’s prayers have been answered. He is out of prison and can now walk the streets of Ghana without fear.
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