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Blakka stops resisting Master's call

Published:Tuesday | February 28, 2017 | 2:00 AMMarcia Rowe
Owen 'Blakka' Ellis at the South Beach Cafe, Brompton Road, St Andrew, on Saturday night.

Owen 'Blakka' Ellis accepted the Lord's calling in October 2016, but getting to that point was akin to Saul on the road to Damascus.

"It is funny. It came about because I was resisting it, actually," Ellis told The Gleaner at the inaugural staging of Praise and Laughter at South Beach on Saturday.

"I went to Ghana in 2015 and I came back very angry with the whole idea of God after experiencing the effect that Christian ministry had on slavery. I came back even determined to challenge the whole idea of God, but somewhere in all of that I had this calling," he said.

A Jamaican friend, Nene Kwasi Kagle, who was a chief in Ghana, had a dream. In the dream Kagale, Blakka and another friend, Michael St. George, were running from the police because of mistaken identity. Kagle's interpretation was they running from something that they need to face up to.

"I knew then what I was running from. I had this constant battle between intellect and spirituality. I have many why questions, So now I stop asking why and am asking 'Why Not?," Ellis said with certainty.

 

Christian example

 

His stand-up comedy partner and friend Bishop Alexander 'Bello' Bell, has been a Christian for over 30 years. In him Ellis sees an example of how to live a godly life. So, Ells said, "I said 'why struggle with this thing"' and that was my turning point."

"So far, it's been challenging and blessing. I am now working for God. It does not mean I am getting a good pay, but my pension plan is out of this world. That's my approach."

Ellis was baptised by his good friend, who told him that he was not being baptised into a Church, but being baptised into Christ. So Blakka does not have a home church. He has visited different churches "to find a place where my spirit feels blessed".

His younger brother, Ian 'Ity' Ellis, who accepted Christ in 2015, is elated that Blakka, too, is a Christian.