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Wizkid, Terry G, And 7 Others Who Could Have Become Gospel Artists

Over the years, the musical space has spanned several years to dominate most of the entertainment sector. In recent years, the recognition given to hip-hop artists has been much more than other genres of songs in Nigeria. Hip-hop artists have been seen to bag more financial backing, endorsement deals, and fan base and as such generate more income. This reason (s) can categorically be stated to be responsible for the switch from several genres of music to place the focus of many musical artists to hip-hop. We have seen many gospel artists switch to hip-hop after some gospel trials.

Many of the big artists and producers we see today have had their formative stages in the gospel space either as gospel singers or even started their music career from church.

Check out this collated list to see which of your favorite artists started from church. Enjoy !!!

1. WIZKIDThe singer who is arguably the biggest artiste out of Nigeria on the world stage right now has his songs in the mouth of literally all music lovers around the world. What many don’t know about his background is how he started his journey from church.

At age 11, he started singing with the name ‘Lil Prinz’ before rebranding to ‘Wizkid’ in 2006. Big Wiz as he's now otherwise called, had his big break in 2010 with the single 'Holla At Your Boy' after which he released several hit singles like 'Tease Me' and 'Don't Dull' to follow. His first album ‘Superstar’ made a huge impact on him.


When the name TERRY G is said anywhere, the listeners know it's time for some free madness. The singer who is famously known to make listeners act and dance with such energy and vigor started his music journey in a church choir. Is that unbelievable? Well, don’t be too shocked.

Terry G was introduced to music by his mother, who encouraged him to join the Redeemed Christian Church of God Praise Palace. It was while in the church that he learned his basic production skills and has since perfected himself to sit among one of Nigeria's top music producers. Lack of finance was what made the Akpako master switch to pop music according to many reports.


The "I Can't Kill Myself" singer who began from church started his journey as a backup singer for Eedris Abdulkareem for three years, then launched his solo career in 2006 with his first song "Dem Mama"


J. Martins was could be said to have inherited the music genes from his mother who was a choir mistress. It was without hesitation he immediately joined the church choir as a young boy. The 'Good or Bad' singer produced some gospel songs during his undergraduate days at the Institute of Management Technology in Enugu. He was one of Psquare's close associates both as a musical collaborator and a producer before the duo decided to break up. He released the popular song “E no easy” with the P-Square duo before the breakup.


Iyanya had the music born with him. He started early enough as a choir member at a very young age and became the children’s choirmaster at age 5. His launch into the musical space was majorly seen after he won the MTN Project Fame Competition in 2008 and went on to release several hits like 'Kukere' and 'Your Waist'.


Simisola Kosoko is no doubt among the most creative and brightest female vocalist in Nigeria. The singer started singing and dancing in her early teens as a member of the teen church choir at Daystar Christian Centre, Lagos. She soon decided to follow the secular route as a music artiste which has made her one of the top chart-topping artists in the country with songs like "Joromi", "Soldier", "Ayo", "Owanbe", "Jamb Question" and the list continue.


The singer is inarguably among the few artists with such vocal range as that which covers three octaves. Her breakthrough came after her feature in Psquare's 2008 hit song "Do Me". She eventually went solo afterward. Her journey started with gospel songs at the Word of Faith Church, Benin and she reportedly sang gospel songs to the audience that included the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa of Church of God Mission International.

Waje focused on her musical works like school concerts and fellowships during her undergraduate days at the University of Nigeria Nsukka.


The singer who was part of the mo hits records has been acclaimed by many listeners and musical professionals as one of Nigeria's most creative songwriters and performers started his music journey in church.

Wande started alongside his friend Chuddy K in the boy band Salvation Boiz before their separation later to join the hip-hop world. Aside from being a great singer, what many don’t know is Wande’s dancing skills where was his focus into the entertainment sector after the separation with Chuddy K. as he focused to chase a career as a dancer. He was later signed into Don Jazzy's "Mo ' Hit Records" in 2006 where he released a number of hits. He left the label years later.



Omawunmi was said to be such energetic, playful, intelligent, and such an extremely talented singer as a child. She was the lead vocalist in the children's choir of Foursquare Gospel Church in Warri at the age of 8. Her breakthrough came following as runner-up position on the West African Idols reality TV show. 

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