The first of five children, Shika Darkwa was born in Cleveland, Ohio to lovely parents who hail from West Africa, Ghana. Shika’s auntie who was a singer realized Shika was a very quiet and reserved child but came alive in church when music was being played or sang. At the age of five, her Auntie started taking her to choir rehearsals. Her passion for Christian music has grown with her over the years. Shika’s lifelong prayer has always been “may God’s glory be seen on earth through worship as it is in heaven.”
“God Reigns In Glory” is Shika’s debut album and her hope is that everyone who comes into contact with it will experience the glory and witness the tangible presence of God. Shika believes God gives us specific gifts as the primary avenue for Him to use us to bless, edify and encourage others. This is why Shika wants to share her gift of praise and worship with God’s children.
In her early years, she was basically singing in the children’s choir at school and church. Whilst in boarding school during high school, Shika started writing music “I missed home so much and I think I turned to writing of songs and poems for comfort and inspiration” says Shika.
After high school, Shika sang with the church youth choir. Her Pastor and elders told her God wanted her to join the praise team. The first time she led praise and worship, Shika could think of nothing but a desire to worship and praise God, and to lead others in doing the same.
After college she got married to Seth Darkwa in 2003 and joined him in Munich, Germany. To Shika’s surprise, the church leadership appointed her to form, train and lead a praise team. Soon, word of Shika's musical talents began to spread around Munich and Augsburg, and she found herself invited to lead praise and worship at various churches.
Shika relocated with her family to Akron, Ohio in 2006. She joined the church of Pentecost. The leadership of the church asked her to form, train and lead a praise team. “In seven years and for the third time in three different churches on three different continents; Africa, Europe and North America, God through His leaders asked me to serve Him through praise teams.” she says. “At this point, I knew I had been called to lead God’s people in praise and worship.”
In 2010, Shika relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina and has helped equip and train praise and worship teams in different denominations.
"From 2012 to '14, I took a little rest in the Lord, allowing Him to do some character building in me," says Shika. "I had to learn to wait on God, forgive and do warfare. Above all I wanted to learn how to truly serve.” During this rest phase, Shika still sang but only when invited by churches on special programs. She served in her home church as a greeter. It was during this time that God miraculously opened the door for Shika to start recording the music He had given her over the years. Though she found a sense of peace in the resting period, the fire to sing and lead God’s people in praise and worship still burned within her.
To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Praise be to His glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.