‘Churches used to pay me ₦5,000’ – Simi reveals why she dumped gospel music

Nigerian songstress, Simi has revealed why she dumped gospel for secular music.

The mother of one stated that churches used to pay her a pittance of N5,000 to N10,000 for her concerts during an interview on MTV Base Africa’s programme, Official Naija Top 10.

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Simi also said that at the time, the amount had felt like a lot to her and had also paid 10 percent tithe from the money.

She said

“I actually used to go to a lot of churches to perform. They will 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 per cent tithe from the money.”

The “Dudu ke” crooner added that she had to stop singing all together at some point because she couldn’t meet up with finances for the studio sessions and music promotions.

She stated that she had to transition to secular music due to the challenges she encountered as a gospel artist.

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