Gospel singer, Chidinma Ekile has for the first time, spoken about her transition from secular to gospel music and how she worked past the many temptations that came her way.
Opening up on the transition, Chidinma Ekile in a chat disclosed that she went on a retreat for 3 months, prayed, and fasted on a mountain top to confirm God’s call. She said while at the mountain top, she had a clear voice that told her to jump off the cliff in the middle of the night, but she resisted.
“The whole journey wasn’t easy, while on the retreat, it was a lot of work, at some point, I was tired and wanted to run away, it was overwhelming…The spiritual exercise made me know it was time because I didn’t want to do it without God.
I didn’t have a phone with me at that period, I will go up to the mountain top praying and in one of those times I got tired and started hearing voices and the one that was clear to me at the time was the one that told me to jump off the cliff in the middle of the night, I moved closer and closer to the cliff, I thought I was going to jump but there was something holding me back….I already stretched out my arms to jump, but I then felt a barricade which naturally wasn’t there…these were some of the encounters that made me know it was time”, Chidinma narrated.
On why the Kedike crooner didn’t immediately delve into secular music after winning the project fame reality show, Chidinma said:
“After the competition, I was still in church but had to do secular music to take care of family and other things and I also wanted to be fully convinced and told by God to move. It is about God and not about me anymore, I now pray about every move, step, I let direct everything.”
She also disclosed that she didn’t bother about losing her secular music fans when she was making her decisions. Also, her conversation with her secular colleagues has changed but she remains unbothered.
She said, “When transitioning I wasn’t bothered about losing my secular music fans, I didn’t care…My conversations with my secular colleagues have changed, some might think I am now no longer approachable….some of them understand and respect the boundaries but do not totally shut you out.”