They register their presence in our consciousness via the entertainment industry. They not only entertain us but also educate us through their songs or acting but that is not all about them as these crops of entertainers rediscovered themselves. They turned to God and now preach to the gospel. We bring you a list of some of Nigeria’s entertainers turned preachers of the gospel.
He is one of the pioneers of Nollywood. He was the chief priest in the first successful movie in Nigeria way back early 90s, Living In Bondage. He also featured in many other movies like Stolen Crown, Ashes of Darkness, Evil Deed among several others and when the ovation was getting louder, he left. He abandoned the industry and found Christ. Today he is a pastor and founder of Trinity Life Centre, an interdenominational church.
Edith Jane Azuh
She is a contemporary of actresses like Liz Benson, Hilda Dokubo, Anne Njemanze, Dolly Nnachukwu. She played a prominent role in Tears In Heaven. She is married to an actor, Emma Ayalogu. She also left Nollywood to heed the call of God and today she is a pastor.
Evangelist Ebenezer Obey
He started out as a successful juju musician as he and his closest rival then, King Sunny Ade almost divided the social circuit as per who is better. While their rivalry was waxing stronger Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey heard the call and followed it. He first went singing gospel music from where he went to found his own church, Decross ministry.
He is fondly called Telemi after a hit gospel album he did. According to him he was only releasing gospel albums but doesn’t know Christ until 1993, after his 3rd album, Revelation. He said not all gospel artistes are Christians. His studio latter got burnt and he said God told him to go and preach His gospel. He started his Praise Generation Assembly in Ayobo area of Lagos in 1997.
Evangelist Dunni Olanrewaju
She is popularly known as Opelope Anointing after her hit album that turned her into a household name. She started out as a gospel artist and along the way founded a church Christ Apostolic Church, Opelope Anointing Praise Centre around Egbeda- Idimu axis of Lagos.
Prophetess Idowu Phillips
She is popularly known as Mama Rainbow in the movie industry but unlike her contemporaries in this category she has not abandoned acting for the gospel but practice both side by side. She is the founder of a Cherubim and Seraphim church in Ojodu area of Lagos. She also goes to other churches to minister. For her becoming a minister of God is not strange to her as her late father was one.
She is that seductive dresser that you have seen and read about. The happy go single mother of three children, she has wowed many with her crazy outfits and hairdo but today she says old things are passed away and everything about her has become new. She is the founder of The Glory of God’s Oath and a ministry, Daughters of Shalom, an interdenominational Single Parent Support Ministry. One thing that has continue to marvel many is the fact that all the while she has been going about nude in the society in the name of fashion and celebrity she is the daughter of a pastor mother.
Evangelist Liz Benson-Ameye
She is the same screen goddess that thrilled all in the 90s. Liz Benson disappeared from the klieg light, she became wanted and before one could say anything we heard ‘Bless You’. That wasn’t the Liz Benson people know but believe it or not she has given her life to Christ and has even gone a notch higher as she got married to a pastor, Pastor Great Ameye of the Freedom Family Assembly International Church, Jesse, Delta state.
His was a long journey into Christianity as he was in is hay days an idol worshipper then later embraced Islam for six and half years before he met Christ. Before then he became popular as a musician with his hit track, Ifeoma. That track brought him fame and fortune but today he said all is vanity as he now pastors a church,
He is the founder and pastor in charge of Household of God Church on Oregun road, Ikeja Lagos. He reigned around the same time with Felix Lebarty and his hit album I Need Someone was everywhere. He dumped the music industry to embrace the pulpit in 1987.
She has been ordained as a pastor at Fresh Oil Ministry International, Egbeda, Lagos. Eucharia was officially ordained on Sunday, 5 February, 2012. The ordination of Eucharia was performed by Pastor Psalm Okpe, accompanied by other men of God present.
The former Actors Guild of Nigeria who has been an actor since 1991has slowed down on acting and embraces the pulpit as he is an ordained pastor of Power Line Bible Church under Bishop Lawrence Osagie. Orji was ordained me in 2012.”