Renowned Kenyan musician Wilson Abubakar Radido, popularly known as Willy Paul, broke from his usual routine on Sunday, January 28, and attended church for the first time in nearly seven years.
In a statement on Monday morning, the former gospel singer revealed that the last time he attended a church service was in the year 2017. He explained that he had avoided going to church for several years due to an unpleasant experience he had previously.
“I haven’t been to church since 2017 because the church did something bad to me,” Willy Paul said on his Instagram page.
However, he shared that he felt good after letting bygones be bygones and attending a church service in Nairobi on Sunday.
“But yesterday, I attended a church service in Embakasi, and I feel very comforted. It will be a great year because I have started attending church again,” he said.
The controversial love song artist, who shifted from gospel music to the secular industry a few years ago, accompanied his statement with a picture unrelated to the church. It was a photo of him with a woman in what seemed to be an entertainment setting.
Several years ago, Willy Paul surprised Kenyans when he transitioned from gospel to mainstream music. In 2021, he disclosed that he left the gospel music industry due to unseen forces working tirelessly day and night to bring him down. This led to stress and eventually a breakdown.
In a lengthy explanation, Willy Paul outlined the reasons for leaving the gospel music scene.
“Up to today, if I haven’t gone down due to hatred, I don’t think I ever will. Some ask me why I left the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… and even call me names because I no longer praise Jesus in my songs. According to them, I am very evil and everything is wrong.
Those are the same people who fought for me when I was on the side of Jesus 😆 Reasons why I left include hatred from fellow artists and DJs, my songs not being played on air (claiming my content was not godly at that time), discrimination, and favoritism.
I was a big artist, but these wicked people couldn’t see that. Or they chose to ignore the truth! These people broke my heart! They hurt me so much; I was down for about 4 months, crying silently every day and night. It reached a point where I couldn’t bear it anymore… I didn’t have money to pay my bills and even to help at home. Can you imagine I had the biggest songs, and these people just ignored me like that!” Willy Paul lamented.