Born Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba, Koffi Olomide was part of Papa Wemba’s musical in the 80’s, initially as a songwriter. Music was not the only thing in Koffi’s dreams. Education was something else he craved for, perhaps as a fall back plan in case music did not work out. He earned a scholarship to study a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from Bordeaux University. Later on he attained a Masters’ degree in Mathematics from the University of Paris.
In an interview a few years ago, Koffi explained that the thoughtfulness theme prevalent in his music was a result of how he was born-with one hand holding his chin as if in deep thought.
However, in as much as Koffi has had an illustrious career, a solid education and an upright upbringing, he continues to be overshadowed by controversies and bad decisions, some of which if not checked, may eventually lead to his own downfall.
A video showing Koffi physically assaulting a woman at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has gone viral. He is seen kicking the woman, said to be a performer with his Quartier Latin band, in the presence of other passengers and the police after arriving at the airport.
A few years ago in Zimbabwe, Koffi was almost jailed for beating a fan.
In 2012, Koffi was given a three-month suspended prison sentence for assaulting his producer.
The rumba star has in the recent past been forced to deny charges of raping three of his dancers in France.
In 2014, during a series of shows in Lusaka, Koffi stole the headlines off stage when he kicked a freelance photojournalist.
In some countries, the raunchy performances of some of his songs have been banned as they are seen to spread immoral behavior.
Well if Koffi does not work on his own self, he may soon find himself wearing the tag of the most popular African musician yet unwelcome in the countries that see him as a musical god.