I Lived a Life of Endless Struggles – Abah, founder, Lekki Worship Centre


Once known by the stage name, Pinky, Emmanuel Abah made a dramatic switch from secular to Christian gospel music a few years ago. In this chat, the singer/songwriter of urban gospel worship songs and founder, Lekki Worship Center speaks of how the transition has translated to outstanding fulfillments and happiness for him. He also spoke on other issues.   

Why the switch to gospel music?

This question is just right. To answer it I would say I have been doing the wrong thing for the wrong reason. But now I am doing the right thing for the right reason and that is my father's work. I am now singing to glorify Jesus which is why I was created in the first place and also I am singing because I am a vessel of honor for  God's use to win lost souls to heaven. Before now, I sang for fame and fortune but now I know better.
How has it been singing gospel?
It has been great. I feel complete. I am fulfilled. The bible was right as always when it says seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and every other thing will be added unto you. Before, mine was a life of endless struggles and setbacks but now I am swimming in abundance. The gift of life, a pretty and caring wife, great children, good house in a great neighbourhood, wonderful friends, good busineses, great health, in fact the list is endless. Everything I need just simply comes to me.

What is the status of gospel music in Nigeria?
Gospel music is doing great in Nigeria just as anywhere else in the world. It brings hope and it's a quick reminder of God's love for us; faithfulness, promises and covenant with humanity. More people attend gospel concerts now more than the regular shows where only immoralities are promoted. We Nigerians know better now. Have you been to these annual gospel concert organized by House on the rock? (The Experience) how about praise jams? They are awesome and I love it.
What's the link between gospel singing and your life?
I won't call it a link like you just did; it’s my life. Like David was born to disgrace Goliath, Moses was saved to liberate the Israelites from the oppression in Egypt, like Solomon to be the wisest of men so I was created to extol the name of Jesus with my voice, to shine the light in the darkness corners of man's hearth with songs of worship.
What and who has been the biggest positive influence on you since the switch?
Don Moen has always been and still is a great inspiration to my life as a whole, Nathaniel Bassey, Fred Hammond, Solomon Lange and many others.
Candidly, what do you miss about circular music?
Nothing! nothing at all. I sleep better now; I travel more now. People respect me more now. All my dirty habits and lifestyle are way behind me now. They are dead and buried for good. I no longer try to impress anybody, my life is just simple and easy going. No more owing club owners for drinks and avoiding calls because of your debtors, no more fighting at home because of calls from ladies, no more waking up with bad breath due to smoking. In fact, life is better on this side.
Which songs do you have now? What is the motivation behind it?
Wonderful God. last year when my wife was in American to have my son Aaron, I always listened to this particular song by Sinach ( you are the same, yesterday today forever, nobody is like you. you never change, yesterday today forever, nobody is like you) prayerfully and one evening Wonderful God just came like a flood, and I wrote it down. Now I listen to the song and I can't stop thanking God. He’s awesome, every single word in that song is my testimony.
What are your plans for the next one year and beyond?
I have no plans of my own. He (God) leads and I follow. Right now I am recording a song with Chris Shalom producing it and I am hoping my full album would be in stores and changing lives by then. I am also hoping to do songs with Nathaniel Bassey, Don Moen, Solomon Lange, Chris Shalom, Joe Praise, Steve Crown, Frank Edward and Sinach. He is leading, I am only following.
What's the link between the current leadership crisis in Nigeria and Christianity?
Do you read the Bible? Have you read the story of King Ahab and Prophet Elijah? Christianity is not just preaching in the church, it goes beyond that. The meaning of the name Christian is 'Christ Like'. When Jesus was here on earth, the Bible recorded that everywhere he goes he was doing good. So Christianity should be the coming together of a people known for doing good. Elijah stood up for the people Because King Ahab was a bad leader. Ahab tried to compromise him yet he stood his ground. He sought to kill him yet he stood for the right thing. I heard a story about the current president of Paraguay, how he donates all his earnings to the needy and lives a simple free life. Today in Nigeria, a lot of churches shouldn't be standing as a house of God because what the people carry home as sermons are not from Christ and that is just why we are in all this crisis today. Greed is the order of the day here in Nigeria. everybody just want to gather something for their children and so on but forgetting that the air we breathe isn't ours and the maker could take it anytime he chooses. We Christians my live the life worthy to be called Christians instead of telling church members to kill none Christians and threatening to cause havoc in the land. God chose us as Christians for a reason, we are a peculiar people, a royal priesthood holy nation. If all the Christians in Government, public and private offices would behave like true Christians would this country will experience great turn around.
Are Christians in Nigeria really living up to expectations?
No. We are not and that is why a dollar is equal to 540 naira today. Psalm 1:1-3 is the definition of the life of a Christian. vs 4 is the definition of the life of a non-christain. the Bible further says that the ways of a transgressor is hard. Still the Bible says righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any nation. so where we were and where we are now can clearly tell us where we stand with God and interestingly the only way is when we truly turn from our wicked ways and ask God for forgiveness. The lord says in the Bible that, if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and turn from there wicked ways then I will look down from heaven...and heal their land.

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