Ever heard someone play the drum for you to miss that lady in red you exchanged eye contact with on a public transport seven years ago? That’s exactly the feeling Benjix puts people who sit under his ministrations through. He is one serious (at least the featured image proves it) guy who has the kingdom at heart, and in this month i had the exclusive of hosting him as He releases the maiden edition of his drum cover videos.
As a personal friend, extracting this information wasn’t as difficult as designing the Japanese flag. He is just humble and disciplined. If you think you really know him, i doubt, except you’re his girlfriend, but lemme just take you on an intriguing and exhilarating trip down memory lane.
Benjamin Newman Awuku popularly known as BENJIX is the second and last born of two. After attending Accra Academy and completing in 2005 he furthered his education at N.I.I.T to have his CDNA (certified desktop and network administrator)certification. Not satisfied with knowledge acquisition, he pursued further to K.N.U.S.T (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology)to have his bachelors degree certification in 2013. He served his nation through the National service scheme the following year at the E-Learning Center , a sub section of the institute of distance learning (IDL) K.N.U.S.T.
Benjix isn’t anti-so as many think. He’s quite jovial, but most of the times, he laughs at his own jokes. (he’s definitely gon kill me for this but no lyy 😀 ). On campus (K.N.U. S.T), BENJIX was the drummer for Campus Christian Family (CCF) and assisted other denominations during events including APOSA(Praise 42/4), GHAMSU(shout) ,just to mention a few which were all on K.N.U.S.T campus.
He left CCF and joined a leading charismatic church in Kumasi called MCC (Midcountry Chapel) where he served whole heartedly with his God given gift from his mother church in Accra (FOUNTAIN GATE CHAPEL ,EMPOWERMENT PASTURES ACCRA).
BENJIX developed and mastered his gift in playing drums. Fate couldn’t help but get him connected to one of Ghana’s finest drummers in the name of Emmanuel Bludo Jnr. It didn’t stop there as other great musicians like Affreh Jnr, Jesse Amponsah,Alexandra Aboagye, Luigi Maclean, Perry Tintin, Eddy Koomson, David & Joseph Kusi, Worlanyo Sunkwa,Kenneth Woanyah ,Gilbert Toko , Clement Afreh ,Samuel Darko jnr, Emmanuel Ankamah and many others soon became family.
After university, BENJIX,served in his church (Fountain Gate Chapel, Empowerment Pastures) as he developed his musical gift and awaited employment opportunities. He worked as a computer tutor, instructor and administrator for a while and left into full time ministry as a drummer.
BENJIX did not only serve in his church but also served in Impact Project Ministry, one of the leading contemporary gospel music groups in the country. He featured on their major event dubbed Evolution X as one of the drummers ministering.
Currently, Benjamin Newman Awuku (BENJIX) fellowships at Tesano Baptist Church and is known as one of the most committed and spirit-filled drummers.
BENJIX takes inspiration from leading musicians in the country such as Opoku Agyeman Sanaa who happened to be his Instrumentalists Head at TBC (Tesano Baptist Church), the President of Pl Crew (A leading Contemporary gospel band in Ghana) and the Artiste of the Album – Sound Optics.
BENJIX also took inspiration and mentorship from Emmanuel Bludo jnr, since his encounter from campus till date. BENJIX always says this about Emmanuel Bludo Jnr whenever he is questioned about his mentors. He is usually found quoting “My gift as a drummer was made meaningful, relevant and effective upon encountering this gentleman,He brought life and meaning to my inherited gift as a drummer and musician”.
BENJIX believes in the power of the cross and the saving power of Jesus, he believes in not only being skillful in your gift as a musician ,but also, having a personal relationship with God and as a result people will see the glory and power of God in your play as a minstrel.
BENJIX yearns for the anointing on David as he played for demons to flee from Saul and hence his vision and aim is to play and minister for demons, sicknesses, burdens and the even the dead to rise.
I asked him emphatically – What should we be expecting in your upcoming drum cover video? And he answered confidently ,”Expect God to speak to you , touch you , heal you and calm all the storms in your life upon hearing me being used by God whiles playing”.
And ladies and gentlemen, i hope i didn’t rush you. Now you’re indoctrinated to believe in just one truth, the one Benjix professes. If there ever is anything good worth promoting from Africa to the outside world, this right here indeed deserves all. Watch out this Thursday 4th of May as he unravels this daunting project. You can’t afford not to stay blessed fam!