For days now her newest single. Hello (adele’s cover) has been trending and so many nigerians criticized her and she decides to reveal the truth behind her single she said:.
1• Doing a cover of another artiste is NOT piracy as long as that cover will not be sold commercially. Is it a tribute? YES! Some of you may ask – ‘but why would you pay tribute to a ‘secular’ artiste?’ The reason is because, secular or no, we would all be hypocrites to act as though it is not a big deal to have almost 1billion combined views of one’s work on YouTube alone.There are some phenomena that only happen once in a lifetime. Adele is one of those. Take it or leave it. Let me ask you – if Adele were your friend, would you invite her to your parties, your home perhaps? Show off to the world that you knew her because of her success as an artiste???? Think about that
2• I chose Adele because so far, she has not displayed any nudity, profanity or lewdness of any sort in her works. She has not sung against God and has not shown anything anti-God in any way, and yet has gone on to achieve such monumental success. That, my dear friends, is commendable. Some of you reading this post, work for organisations that have openly distanced themselves from anything that has to do with God.
3• Those organisations will not support anything that is Gospel or Christian as a matter of policy and yet you earn your monthly pay from there or receive contracts from them. Have you associated yourselves with ‘secularism?
So what is the definition of a ‘secular artiste’ really? Am i suddenly a secular artiste because i sang a song that doesn’t have the name of Jesus in it? Does it then mean that every single song i sing must be about Jesus? When i sang ‘I love you’ in my second album, or ‘Chibuzor’ in another album, or ‘love nwantintin,’ was i any less a Christian? Let me ask you this question: as a Christian who works in a secular organisation, are you any less of a believer? When you are an OAP who is born-again but whose job it is to play secular songs on air, are you a lesser person? Or the high-ranking banker or corporate entity executive whose job it is to say ‘NO’ to that Christian event just because it is one – is he or she a lesser believer? There are some Christians who, if you saw a ‘secular’ artiste and a gospel one standing side by side, would probably go gaga over the ‘secular’ artiste and not the gospel one. Does that make you a ‘secular’ person?
4. This same argument came up a few years ago when i collaborated with an artiste called Lord of Ajasa on a very GOSPEL and original track of mine by the way. It still amazes me that till date, apparently the argument still rages. One thing i know for sure on that matter is that salt is of no use when it only mingles with itself. My 2-kobo worth of advice on that matter is this: get out of that box you have been put in. God didn’t put you on earth to only have ‘Christian’ associations.
5. I may never really fit into any box that i am put in. I am not your ‘typical’ gospel artiste and i have never been. Am i inspirational? I hope so. Am i a Christian? I definitely am. At the end of the day, God alone will know who serves Him and who doesn’t. I don’t need to wear a robe or pastor a church to know whether i am a Christian or not. But i also may not necessarily do it the way that is ‘comfortable’ to your senses all the time. The Apostle Paul was scorned in his day for ‘mingling’ with so-called unbelievers, and yet, he went on to do so much awesome work for God. Let’s think about that shall we?
So again i say thank you to those who have supported my unconventional ways, and to those who still have questions, please just keep praying for me, your pastor, the church in Nigeria and all over the world. One day, we will all come to the point where the eyes of our understanding will be fully enlightened and all our puzzles will be solved. Till then, please watch this space for my new single (an ORIGINAL this time ) coming soon, but for now, keep enjoying this Lara George cover of Adele’s Hello.
Loving y’all always!
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