•Popular Fuji Musician Adewale Ayuba speaks on how he became a Christian
No one would have imagined Fuji maestro, Alhaji Adewale Ayuba, would be bold enough to come out and say he has converted to Christianity. But during a testimony recently before the congregation of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) City of David Parish, Victoria Island Lagos, the popular Fuji musician proclaimed openly his acceptance of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour, Adeola Oladele presents a graphic story of Ayuba’s conversion like the Biblical Paul..
Popular Fuji artiste, Alhaji Adewale Ayuba, has come out to narrate how he converted to Christianity voluntarily.
Ayuba openly professed his love for ychristianity before the congregation of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). He gave a testimony that the acceptance of Jesus Christ has become a source of blessing to him.
Ayuba, who came from a Muslim background, disclosed that he became a redeemed Christian member in 2010 after he had lived with fear of being hated and neglected by his fans most of whom are Muslims.
Here is what he said recently at RCCG service: “I became a born-again Christian in 2010. Before this time, I had a lot of Alfas when I was still practising Islam. They usually come to my house and pray for me and at the end of the day maybe after two hours of hot prayer, I will go upstairs in my house immediately they are gone and carry my Bible as if God will not answer the prayers they showered on me. I will pick the Bible to sanctify their prayers.
“I have been doing this for years but my wife kept asking me thus, ‘Wale why are you doing this to yourself, why are you scared?
“I was scared because I thought if I turn around to come out and say I’m a Christian I may get killed because I have been to Hajj, people believed I’m a Muslim but within me, I knew I’m not a Muslim. But because of the genre of music I chose (FUJI), the orientation of it has to do with Muslims. I thought if I declare I’m a Christian my fans will not patronize me again. But then, something kept telling me ‘Wale! I chose you I gave you the talent, I’m the only one who can hide you from being fulfilled.”
Ayuba said further: “One day I called the Alfas and told them that we serve the same God; Anabi Isa is Jesus Christ, Abraham is Ibrahim, Moses is Musa; I’m choosing Moses and I’m choosing Jesus Christ. The head of the Alfas asked me, ‘but you gave all your children Muslim names,what are you going to do about that?’ I said that is what I want.
“I told the Alfas I was not supposed to inform them, but all my children have been going to church and I support them. I’m the only one in this house that is still practicing Islam, even at that I go to church every 31st of December. If I don’t go to church, it’s like I’m going to die that year.
“Since 2010, I don’t know what is happening; it’s like God has opened doors for me.
“The one that really surprised me happened three days ago, I got a loan from one bank and when I was here on December 31, I told my God I want to make the payment before the end of January. I made the payment last week. I thank God for his mercy.”
The multi-award winner, at the conclusion of his testimony before the church, declared confidently that Jesus is his savior and that his pride is Christianity.
“I thank God for choosing me, I thank God for calling me, I thank God for giving Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and I’m proud to be a Christian.”
He rounded off the testimony with a worship song in his Fuji tone.
Ayuba met his wife, Azukaego Kwentoh, who is from a Christian family, at a cafeteria in Queens Borough Community College where he studied and they got married in 1989.
Kwentoh is from Onitsha-Oke, Anambra State, South-eastern Nigeria.
Ayuba, born May 6, 1966 in Ikenne Remo,Ogun State, began singing as a child. His father was an amateur singer but he knew the value of education and forced his son to focus on his education during the week and practice his music on Saturdays.
Since signing his first record deal in the 1980s, Ayuba has released 15 albums in Nigeria and four internationally.
Though Fuji has been in existence long before he started singing, Ayuba got that ignired genre of music to be embraced by elites in Nigeria.