The lifestyle of Nigerian celebrities seem not to be anything next to that of saints. It is usually something alluring, pleasing flashy, glamorous and fast, but what would you know? Many leading actors and actresses who helped kick-start the industry with their incredible gifts in acting and entertainment have quit their old lifestyle of pleasing and entertaining, to circulate their love for God and mankind by becoming pastors. (even though people do say that pastors today are more of entertainers). However with the fire of religion sweeping through the country and the fact that church now seems more like a market place, one begins to wonder how many of these celebrities who turned pastors would be called good and faithful servants on the last day. These celebrities gave up their glamorous and celebrity lifestyles and were ordained into church pastorate.
Elizabeth Benson popularly called Liz Benson was popular in the 90’s. In 1993, she played a role in the popular soap opera ‘Fortunes’ which lasted for almost 2 years. Later on, she appeared in many movies and TV series. In 1994, she became the subject of many outrageous or malicious gossips and controversies regarding her role in popular movie ‘Glamour Girls’. A movie which was centered on whoring. This led to the actress’ disappearance from movie industry to recreate her image and portray a better one. According to reports, she got ordained as an evangelist in 2006, got married to her husband Bishop Great Ameye of Freedom Family Assembly in Warri, Delta State, and now runs the church with her husband.
He released the movie ‘Living in Bondage’in 1992 which paved way for the birth of Nollywood so I guess you could say that he pioneered the Nigerian movie industry. Even though he no longer acts, he is into television and film production, so you could say that he did not fully leave the entertainment industry. He is now a pastor in addition to what he does and calls himself an actor and a preacher of the gospel. He quit acting because he believed it to be a hobby. Presently, he spreads the good news, gives inspirational speeches and has written numerous motivational Christian books.
He was the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria(AGN), but made the big decision to absolutely devote his life to God. He was later ordained full-time evangelist and a Pastor as a member of the pastoral council at the Power Line Bible Church and presently spreads the word of God all over the world. Zack Orji has been immensely involved in some evangelical activities all over Nigeria as well as well as outside Nigeria. This well experienced Nollywood actor does not regret the brazen and bold decision he made as he enjoys every bit of it. Well, why not if it takes you places. Note that even though he is an ordained Pastor, he is still very much an actor.
Eucharia Anunobi also was a subject of scandal and controversies after playing a role in the movie ‘Glamour Girls’. Afterwards, she suffered regarding her failed marriage which also caused controversies and scandals. As time went on, she issued a statement about her repentance which was even more controversial. According to her statement, she had given her life to Christ and is now a full-blown “born again”. She was anointed at the Fresh Oil Ministry, Egbeda, Lagos, as an evangelist and now preaches as a pastor. More surprisingly, she counsels youth in the church and visit places spreading the gospel. Isn’t that touching?
Do you ever wonder why Pat Attah no longer appears in movies? This good-looking Nollywood hunk is now a pastor and can’t afford to accept any role that will compromise his church standards. He used to win ladies’ hearts and might still be doing so even as a pastor, but he is currently winning hearts and souls for Jesus. The well-formed actor and singer resides in Hamburg, Germany. He preaches often and even uses social networks sites such as Facebook to spread the Word of God to everyone. Handsome Pat Attah is currently using his “handsomeness” to the glory of God so ladies please lay off. Don’t put asunder in his ministry o! (the guy fine sha)
So have you been wondering why you no longer see any of these people in your favorite Nigerian movies? well the Almighty has obviously sent his police to arrest them, so wonder no more. We do wish them well in their chosen endeavors.