From the Stage to the Pulpit: Nigerian Entertainers Turned Ministers

Six Nigerian entertainers, including Liz Benson and Zack Orji, have transitioned from acting and music to ordained ministry, dedicating their lives to spreading the gospel. They now serve as pastors, evangelists, and general overseers in various churches across Nigeria, combining their talents with their passion for the gospel.

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Bijay Laxmi
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From the Stage to the Pulpit: Nigerian Entertainers Turned Ministers

From the Stage to the Pulpit: Nigerian Entertainers Turned Ministers

In a remarkable fusion of faith and fame, six renowned Nigerian entertainers have transitioned from the spotlight of acting and music to the sacred calling of ordained ministry. Liz Benson, Larry Koldsweat, Eucharia Anunobi, Zack Orji, Jimmy Odukoya, and Abiodun Olapade have each embarked on a spiritual journey, dedicating their lives to spreading the gospel across various churches in Nigeria.

Liz Benson, a popular Nollywood actress known for her roles in movies and television dramas in the 1990s, now serves as an evangelist alongside her husband, Bishop Great Emeya, at the Rainbow Christian Assembly Church in Warri, Delta State. The couple, blessed with three children, leads their congregation with devotion and grace.

Larry Koldsweat, another Nollywood actor who gained popularity in the early 2000s with hit films like "Oganigwe" and "Igodo," has taken on the role of General Overseer at Seed of Favour Ministry in Enugu State. While he claims not to have abandoned his acting career entirely, his presence in movies has become increasingly rare as he focuses on his spiritual calling.

Eucharia Anunobi, a veteran actress and television personality known for her roles in the 1995 films "Glamour Girls" and "Abuja Connection," was ordained as a minister of the gospel in 2012 by Pastor Psalm Okpe of the Fresh Oil Ministry Church in Egbeda, Lagos State. She seamlessly combines her acting career with winning souls for Jesus Christ, utilizing social media as a unique platform for evangelization.

Zack Orji, one of Nollywood's most prolific script interpreters, was ordained as a pastor in 2012 by the late Bishop Lawrence Osagie of Powerline Bible Church, Lagos. He has been spotted preaching the gospel of salvation in various churches in Abuja and beyond Nigeria's borders, demonstrating his commitment to his faith.

Jimmy Odukoya, a Nollywood actor who previously assisted his late father, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya, in ministry, was named Senior Pastor of the Fountain of Life Church in Ilupeju following his father's passing in 2023. As a multi-talented individual, Odukoya is also a musician, fitness enthusiast, and motivational speaker, with no plans to abandon his acting pursuits.

Abiodun Olapade, popularly known as MC Abbey, transitioned from a successful career as a comedian and master of ceremonies to a life dedicated to ministry. As the General Overseer of Destiny Way International Ministry, he admitted to facing challenges when he first began winning souls for Christ, as people struggled to take him seriously. Today, he only performs comedy ministrations when called upon by esteemed clergymen like Pastor Paul Adefarasin or Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

These six Nigerian entertainers have demonstrated that the call to ministry can transcend the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry. By combining their talents and passion for the gospel, they have become shining examples of faith and dedication, inspiring countless others to seek a deeper connection with God. As they continue to touch lives both on and off the pulpit, their journeys serve as a testament to the transformative power of spiritual conviction.

Key Takeaways

  • 6 Nigerian entertainers have transitioned from acting/music to ordained ministry.
  • Liz Benson serves as an evangelist alongside her husband at Rainbow Christian Assembly Church.
  • Larry Koldsweat is General Overseer at Seed of Favour Ministry in Enugu State.
  • Eucharia Anunobi, Zack Orji, Jimmy Odukoya, and Abiodun Olapade are also active church ministers.
  • They combine their talents and passion for the gospel to inspire others and spread the word of God.