Why Nigerian Afrobeat Singer Simi Left Gospel Music for Afrobeat: The Financial Struggle Behind the Switch

“I was paid 5k as a Gospel singer” Afrobeat singer, Simi reveals why she dumped Gospel music
Why Nigerian Afrobeat Singer Simi Left Gospel Music for Afrobeat

Nigerian Afrobeat singer Simi, formerly known for her gospel music, revealed that she left the gospel genre due to poor pay. The highest amount she earned was 70k, and she often received amounts as low as 5k to 10k for performing in churches. Despite the low income, she still paid a 10% tithe to her congregation. Nigerians reacted strongly to her disclosure on social media.

Nigerian Afrobeat singer and songwriter, Simisola, popularly known as Simi, has revealed the reason behind her departure from Gospel music and her transition to the Afrobeat genre.

She made this revelation while appearing as a guest on MTV Base Africa’s Official Naija Top 10 program, where she shared that she used to be paid between 5k to 10k for her performances in churches.

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According to her, the main reason for her switch to Afrobeat was the poor financial compensation she received while in the Gospel genre. She recalled that the highest amount she earned during that time was 70k.

Furthermore, she revealed that despite the low financial support, she still managed to pay 10% tithe to her congregation.

Her exact words were:

“I actually used to go to a lot of churches to perform. They would pay me like N5k, N10k. Do you know the highest amount of money I actually collected when I was doing gospel [music]? N70,000. And I felt like I had arrived. I still paid a 10 percent tithe from the money.”

Nigerians couldn’t contain their excitement and expressed their reactions extensively on various social media platforms.


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