In response to what they feel is a supernatural call to become preachers of the gospel, musicians in Nigeria’s music business have abandoned secular music over the years.
Others suffered, while others controlled the gospel music market and made a fortune. Some went on to become preachers and even pastors, and are now living the most fulfilled lives of their life.
Listeners are usually taken aback when an artist transitions from secular music to preaching. While some fans may claim to have predicted it, others may wonder if they made the right decision.
These were some of 5 Non-Orthodox Musicians Who Have Turned Into Preachers
Chidinma, a Nigerian powerhouse singer, startled fans when she announced abruptly that she would be leaving her highly successful secular music career.
Years ago, Ekile, the daughter of a pastor, entered the celebrity race in hopes of a new life.
In 2010, she won the third season of MTN Project Fame, a West African singing competition, and immediately entered the Nigerian music industry. It didn’t take her long to release her first hit single, “Jankoliko.” With the singles “Emini Baller” and “Kedike,” she became a force to be reckoned with.
In exchange, they congratulated her on her wonderful vocals and achievement, which no other MTN project winner had been able to attain.
Seasons back, she surprised her supporters by requesting that they refer to her as Mummy G.O., or Endtime Soldier, stating that the old Chidimma had changed her ways after receiving a call from God.
During a musical performance, Chidinma spoke about the choice, saying:
“I’m not here because I want fame. I’ve had all of that and I think I’ve had enough of all of that. So, right now is the time to work for my father. He is the one who has called me I did not bring myself here. As a matter of fact, I did not want to be here but I’m going into ministry in full force.
She’s signed to the Eeezee Record Label, which also has Mercy Chinwo, Juidkay, and other gospel performers.
Another singer who quit secular music to pursue a career as a priest is Soul E, also known as Soul E Baba. Soul E is a preacher in South Africa, where he leads crusades and resurrections.
Soul E said in an interview with Encomium magazine:
I don’t like talking about myself but by the grace of God, I would say I was called into the office of a prophet
Kas, who is well known for his hit track Fi Mi Le (which I still love), surprised fans when he announced that he would no longer pursue secular music and so become a missionary.
In an interview with Vanguard, he stated of the shocking revelation,
I don’t know when people will believe I’m saying the truth. The thing is when you have been called people find it hard to believe. I’m an ashawo musician, I’m not an afro-beat artiste; I always say it that I’m an ashawo musician. When I was 7-years old I made a covenant with God that if He can make me a popular musician, in return I will serve Him. God did his part and I became a popular musician but in return I was running. Six pastors at six different times told me that I’m supposed to be a pastor. After a while my mom told me that if God really called me He would reveal Himself to me in a dream. It was like a joke but God later revealed Himself to me and I saw everything from the beginning of the ministry to what it would end up being
He’s now completed a Fi Mi Le performance (Gospel Remix).
Kenny Saint Brown
Kenny Saint Brown has an older brother who is a business mogul and co-owner of Kennis Music, a top record company at the time.
Kenny Saint Brown, better known to her fans as simply KSB, achieved a lot of secular music success in the mid-1990s. In the 2000s, KSB switched to gospel music and is now a minister and life counselor.
KSB clarified in an interview that she switched to gospel music not because secular music was no longer profitable, but because she felt a divine calling to do so.
Banky W, an actor/singer, is another well-known musician who has turned to pastoral work.
Banky W, whose real name is Olubankole Wellington, founded EME Records in 2002 and released some of the best RnB songs of all time, including “Yes/No,” “Jasi,” “Jaiye ori mi,” and even “Ebute metta,” a version of Rihanna’s “Umbrella.”
However, upon his ordination as a priest in 2020, RnB fans were disappointed to see him abandon secular music in favor of gospel music.
He is a minister at The Waterbrook Church, where he occasionally preaches.
Banky was likewise taken aback when the senior pastor of his church told him that God had called him to be a preacher.
“Final Say” and “Testimony” are two gospel songs that Banky has released.
Obiwon, a well-known vocalist, provided us with some of the best music of the 2000s. His debut album “Overture,” which included the breakthrough tune “Onyinye,” is still considered one of Nigeria’s best classic ballads.
Obiwon rebranded as an urban contemporary singer in 2008, altering his stage name to Obiora Obiwon, which was unfortunate or perhaps lucky. He claims to have had a spiritual experience and believes that gospel music is exactly what God wants him to perform.
Obiwon has performed admirably since his rebranding. His CD “The Rebirth,” which included songs like “Father,” “Victorious,” “Obimuo,” and others, cemented his reputation as a Christian missionary.
Sunny Okosun, who died in 2008 from colon cancer, was also remade as a gospel musician during his lifetime. He began his career in secular music in the 1970s, bringing good music to Nigeria.
He relaunched into religious music in the 1990s, dishing out tunes that many Christians still can’t get over.