Some of your favorite secular entertainers come from a strictly religious home.
Conventionally, the children of pastors are expected to walk the path of righteousness made, as it were, by their fathers. These guys here, though, have overcome all odds to carve their own identities. Fortunately for them, they’re all cool with their fathers.
Check them out below…
Reekado Banks, responsible for hit songs such as Chop Am and Standard, revealed that his father is a pastor. It was his father who built a home recording studio where he, his father, would write gospel songs and sing them. Reekado recorded his first set of songs in that studio in 2008 and has since become the musical star we know today.
2. Terry G- (Gabriel Oche Amanyi)
The master of Akpako and the mad Nigerian guy, Terry G, shocked Nigerians everywhere, revealing that he was actually the son of a pastor. He revealed that his father was not only a priest, but also that his mother was a chorister of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
3. Johnny Drille
The parents of Johnny Drille, a Nigerian musician, are both pastors. He disclosed that both of his parents wanted him to do gospel music initially.
“Both my parents are pastors and at the onset it was hard for them to accept that I wanted to make love songs and not very religious ones as was expected. I personally found it a difficult decision to make as I was very concerned about what people would think of me as a pastor’s kid.
I was music director at my dad’s church for about 6 years following my move to Lagos and I’m sure that some members even though they wouldn’t say didn’t approve of my ‘sinful behavior’.
I loved being in the presence of God and the brethren but I was convicted I had a slightly different calling.
I had many arguments with my parents every time they heard me making music in my room and I could totally understand why (imagine my dad preparing Tuesday’s sermon and I’m there screaming at the top of my voice, ‘oh my beautiful love…’ 🤣). Overtime my parents understood me better and what I was about and began to support me more and more. My dad had contributed most of what he had when I initially wanted to shoot ‘Wait For Me’. I think they are perhaps my biggest fans right now and are very proud of me . I know they still pray for me every time not to lose sight of the original call of God” He said.
4. Lil Kesh- (Kashinero Ololade)
Lil Kesh, a Nigerian singer, famous for street songs like Shoki and O Por, has a father who is a pastor. He was asked in an interview with BluePrint Nigeria about his father’s thoughts about his music.
What was your dad’s reaction to your decision to become an artiste?
My dad was cool with it. He lets you do whatever you want to do. He feels that whatever his life story is doesn’t have to affect the way his children live their lives. According to what he used to tell me, everybody must live his or her individual stories. He watched me grow from being part of the choir, learning to play drums, and attending music shows. Till now, he gives me all the necessary support and respects my decisions.
Considering that your dad is a pastor, isn’t he bothered by your vulgar lyrics?
Those vulgar songs are basically about me doing my job and he doesn’t interfere. Besides, not all my songs are vulgar. I have recorded songs like Ishe, Semilore and others. However, the ones that go viral are the ones with vulgar lyrics. I understand my markets, and I know the demography I’m directing my music to, which is the youth and adults. I’m a blunt entertainer, but I consider my fans, and always try to give them what they want. But this year, I decided that I’ll feed my fans with more meaningful songs that will inspire them.
5&6. Mr Increcdible Abaga- MI Abaga and Jesse Jags- (Jesse Garba Abaga)
The brothers M.I Abaga and Jesse Jagz, Nigerian heavyweight rappers, are both sons of a priest. They revealed that Mr. Chris Abaga, their father, was a minister, while Mrs. Lydia Abaga, their mother, was a gospel artist.