He first made the headlines when he represented Ghana on the hit reality TV series, Big Brother Africa. But Ras Wayo’s short stay in the Big Africa Revolution house brought him more criticism than fame as he became Ghana’s worst performing representative in the series after he was evicted in the first week of the competition.
He also made some news with his attempt at music and he is back in the news as he was been spotted without the identity that most Ghanaians have come to know him by.
The ardent Rastafarian and pan-African has cut off his trademark dreadlock in pursuit of his legal profession. And as always, there is never a dull moment with the deeply philosophical Wayo, who terms the act as a ‘renunciation of his vow of a Nazarite’. According to Ras Wayo, he cut his hair exactly 7 years after the date he took the vow. He explains: “My legal education is towards coming to play my role to help fight injustice on our planet, to speak for the masses. This is my call as a ‘Nazarite and a true Rastaman’. There are a lot of injustices in the world, some have done their best and I want to play my role.”
But in a weird twist of fate, he has had to forfeit his outward identity because according to him, the academia and the intellectual circles is very conservative and it is very difficult being a Nazarite (wearing dreadlocks), to go through the process. Still strong in his beliefs, Wayo goes on to say that even though some of classmates saw him as a stranger and not fit to sit with them, he has been taking it all in, staying truthful to the cause. “I have come too far to allow some issues to come up to deny me from achieving my aim. The Ghanaian society thinks that you are not fit to be around; nobody wants to genuinely do anything with you; and nobody wants to give his daughter to you as a wife, regardless of you been a good guy.”
Nonetheless, he agrees that there is time for everything as King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8. “There is a season, time and purpose for everything; a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck. Thus, as a mortal human being, seeing my circumstances, it does not fall out of place to renounce my vow. God as part of the requirement of a Nazarite, gave a window of renunciation of the vow at any time.”
It appears that the renunciation also came at a time that is very significant to Ras Wayo who also shared his beliefs in the number seven: “The Bible in Genesis 2:2-3 reflects how God blessed and sanctified the 7th day as the day of rest after creation. Genesis 29:18 reflects how Jacob served his uncle Laban, his mother’s brother for his wives. He said to Laban, ‘ I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter’.”
He continues: “And this is where my greatest joy lies, renouncing my vow exactly on the day of the 7th year. I have gone through a lot of tribulation over the years for being a Nazarite but realizing the need to get my academic grounding, in order to come and help the course of the masses, I listened to some loved ones and earmarked my renunciation for the 7th year. So to all loved ones who spoke to me before the day of the 7th year, I say to them, as I kept saying to them of a day to come, that I was waiting for this day (28th May, 2011) as a man of Biblical principles, to renounce my vow. I have listened to them with much respect.”
Ras Wayo concluded that, hence for the task of helping the course of the masses ahead, he has done so for them. He said he could have however kept his vow and gone ahead to meet any academic mishap. He also remarked ‘I am still the one and only Ras Wayo- ‘The Revolution’”
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