OFFICE GIST: Was Sammie Okposo’s Public Apology Necessary?

Office Gist
Office Gist

I woke up reluctantly this morning to prepare for work as usual, and the first thing my wife told me after we said ‘good morning,’ was that Sammie Okposo got a woman pregnant, and had tendered a public apology.

My initial response was ‘wetin consign me (what’s my business)?’ but, obviously, my wife was interested in the gist, so I listened to her take as I dressed up for work before leaving for the office.

While we’re trying to set up for today’s schedule, Sammie Okposo’s gist came up again and, well, here we are.

As usual, I’ll be keeping my colleagues’ identities anonymous.

While infidelity among married people doesn’t come as a rude shock to people anymore, it’s always interesting when the topic is being discussed among adults.

So, here’s the background story before we dive in:

A lady called African Doll, in an interview with Obodo Oyinbo Tv, accused the gospel singer of dating her for several months on one of his tours in Dallas USA, and immediately she got pregnant, he changed his attitude towards her. She alleged that the singer had asked her to get rid of the pregnancy, but changed towards her when because she refused.

The gospel singer has since apologized for the “very unfortunate incident.”

“On my recent trip to the USA (late 2021), I got intimately involved with a lady, knowing that this was not appropriate as a married man and a minister of the gospel. I am ashamed and regret my actions as it has caused a lot of pain to my dear wife, Ozioma, my family and me. As I work in making peace with God, repenting and asking for his forgiveness, I am suspending myself from all ministry work until full restoration as this is what is proper and what I know I owe to God and his people,” the apology reads in part.

Sammie Okposo and wife
Sammie Okposo and wife

Back to the conversation for today. Should the singer have apologized for his untoward behaviour?

Colleague #1 thinks it was unnecessary for the singer to have tendered a public apology.

“For me sha, he didn’t have to embarrass his wife in public with that apology. It’s a matter for him, his wife, and (their?) baby mama to resolve. Besides, what was he thinking, having sex with her without protection, at the very least?”

She feels like he is setting his wife up or guilt-tripping her into forgiving him (the church expects forgiveness, doesn’t it?). He has already cheated, but it would have been better he dealt with his mess in private.

Colleague #2, however, thinks that since it’s already in the public domain, his public display of remorse isn’t inappropriate.

“The other lady already made it public, so I see nothing wrong in him coming out to apologize. It’s not really about him anymore. His wife, family and other people are involved, and he owes it to them.”

To serve as an addendum to Colleague#2’s assertion, Colleague #3 thinks, “He’s a public figure, and a lot of people look up to him. Nobody is perfect, and so his public apology is the best way to go. His apology means he wants to right his wrongs. It was necessary.”

But colleague #4 agrees with #1, “It wasn’t necessary, abeg. He should have just faced his family.”


Considering allegations that he has a reputation for womanising in the past, what are the chances he really is sorry? We may never know, but what do YOU think? Should he have gone public with his apology?

Let us know!

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