Stephanie Otobo seems to have turned a new leaf after the trending allegations between herself and Apostle Suleman.
The aspiring singer stated that she has never been a stripper in the interview with The Sun ‘Entertainer’.
On what is her next step after the raging controversies, Stephanie disclosed that she has gone back to her first love, music.
She dished out more revelations on her cex life and how she deals with negative comments.
Otobo has since released a single ‘I depend on you.’
Read excerpts from the interview below:
When and how did you get into music because what was being promoted about you during your controversy with the man of God was that Stephanie was a stripper in Canada?
I have loved music since I was a child. During children functions at the church, I would take the lead roles. I did choreography and worship. Since then, I had loved to sing when I grew older and become a star. I was doing secular music before I came out with my gospel single.
Last year, while I was in Canada, I tried to make music but it didn’t have the Nigerian taste in terms of the production of the song and the music itself. Over there, their songs lack that distinct Nigerian flavour. I care about afro music, which is more of African music into the western world.
I travelled to Nigeria and made a song entitled My Girlfriend using my stage name Kimora. I came to Nigeria to make a gospel song because I have always loved gospel songs. Having been in church since I was a child, I had wanted to flow with that passion. I met with some people I was supposed to work with and they explained to me that if I go into gospel songs, I would be wasting my time.
They told me that my song might be everywhere but I wont make money. They said the best it would get me was popularity but nothing else. They said nobody would invite me for shows because I don’t attend any of the big churches in Nigeria nor belong to any famous choir.
I was told that I wont make money because people don’t know me.
They explained to me that later on, I can go back to gospel songs because I am still very young. In life, you don’t have to rely on your own wisdom alone, you have to listen to the people who are in the business. It made sense to me that secular music was okay for now and later I can change to gospel, but originally, gospel was my thing.
Immediately, I changed to secular music. I got into the secular lifestyle. I started music last year officially.
At what point did the issue of str!pp!ng in clubs come in?
I don’t know if its because I’m an entertainer. Generally, as you sing, you are not just singing, you’re dancing and using your body to attract others and entertain your fans. I don’t know if that was why people claimed I was a stripper. I was just an entertainer.
So you were never a stripper?
No, I wasn’t. My life currently is like a whole new experience. Whatever I had done or practised didn’t please God. I don’t do them anymore. I left them all behind in the pool of the drama with the man of God. Old things have passed away and this is a new me.
Now that you’re doing gospel songs, how did you get the inspiration?
What really inspired me was my experience in jail in Nigeria. It was the fear and terror I lived through while in jail in Kirikiri prison. I live in Canada and if I was a thief, one day I would expect to go to jail. If I was a killer, one day I would expect to go to jail. I have never done anything that would make me think that I could ever go to jail.
So, going to jail in Nigeria was terror. I remember what my father came out to say some things about me then when I was in jail. Even though he couldn’t do anything to help me, knowing that I have his support meant everything to me. The experience in prison made me ask God for mercy and for His help to scale through.
Why are you running back to God seeing that you were disappointed by a man of God, and someone who represents God hurt you?
What I understand about God is that if you are in God, you don’t have the heart to do things that you ordinarily want to do to please your flesh. If you are in Christ, the Holy Spirit will tell you what to do and not you going to do that because you want to. Now, instead of me facing my old life on this man like I used to do, I have changed and I have to face God.
I see all these people insulting me and calling me names as still facing the man of God and treating him like God. I took him like God before but when I saw the truth that this man is not God but just a man that deceived me, hurt me and broke my heart, I had to face God. It is now that I have come to know God for myself.
Have you also thought about the acceptance of your music based on your story, do you think people will accept your gospel songs?
Before I came out with my song, I have confidence in Gods ability to do things. God is a miraculous God. If you know His words, He will make things happen for you. I know there are fears about people not accepting my songs, but there are some people right now who have also accepted my song. I believe those are people that know the word of God which is His ability to change someones life at the snap of ones fingers.
After one has gone through a night of tears and sorrow, the morning comes. I went through this horrible experience of going into jail and it drew me closer to God.
Now you are a Christian, how prepared are you for rejection from the church?
I am not going to blame anybody who is negative to me or finds it hard to accept me. I wont blame anyone who is not on my side now. I know what the word of God says and I know that if they know what the word of God says, they wont be deceptive about it. Don’t accept me but accept the word of God.
There’s a misrepresentation of you out there about the way you dress. An average Nigerian has a mentality that a Christian should dress in a particular way, but it didn’t take you a while to change, how did you transform so fast?
My moving forward so fast came from what Jesus said about dying for my sins and shame. If I am not ashamed anymore, why wont I move forward with my life? Why will I stay home and wait for the world to continue judging me? If the Spirit of God wants me to start my life afresh, why do I have to hide from people because of what they will say? I am not ashamed of the things I have been through because God has used it to change my life.
When you released your music video, some people alleged that you started the controversy with the Apostle just to create.
How was your childhood like?
I went to church a lot as a child. I grew up in a Christian background. My mom would always take us to church in Warri. I was born in Lagos but my family moved to Warri when I was little. I grew up mainly in Delta State. My dad and mom separated. My dad was in Warri and my mom was in Sapele.
At what point did you leave Nigeria?
I was almost 16 when I left Nigeria for Canada. A family member adopted me. I didn’t leave on my own.
Growing up, what kind of child were you?
I was a happy, beautiful and outgoing child. I was always in front during children functions in church. People loved to see my face and I loved it too. I enjoyed the attention I got as a child.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I see myself closer to God and doing the things He approves of. Given that people don’t expect God to be so magnanimous with me, it would be a beautiful thing to serve God well. I want to live my life to the glory and praise of Gods name. I want more of Him and less of me.
In this part of the world, there’s a dress code for gospel singers and you are a sharp contrast to that with your hair colour and blings, how do you intend to make your music acceptable in Nigeria given your look?
I believe that as time goes on, I will adapt to what is acceptable here in Nigeria. I adapt well and I believe that God will give the power I need to move forward.
Have you reconciled with your parents now?
I was not happy with what my mother did but I wasn’t angry with her. I saw her and my friends differently. I saw that they thought they were doing what was best for me and I was not angry. I would offer them forgiveness.
What kind of man catches your fancy?
I know many girls would go for a cute face and handsome looking man. I want any man I can handle being around me and I can handle being around him. Along the line, its tolerance that matters. How you can be with the one you have chosen and not be tired of him. I don’t want to be with someone who will get tired of me or who I will get tired of living with.
Credit: The Sun