Why we appreciate Willy Paul keeping it real on matters gospel

Image: Willy Paul dishes out notes of cash under heavy security in Mathare (Video)

If there is a Kenyan celeb people seem to love to hate it would have to be Willy Paul. He can’t seem to catch a break. I get it, he used to be shiesty. He was a gospel singer who after a while would dabble in secular music and his stage performances became rather heavily sexualized.

And perhaps that is what drew most of the ire people had towards him and I can appreciate that it was well deserved, however, he eventually decided to stop skirting the lines and simply declared that he is a secular artist who has a deep relationship with God.

As with all else in life, there was a deeper story to what was informing his behaviour and decisions and he recently opened up about it saying,

I was tired of the hypocrisy in the so called Gospel industry. Plus I just wanted 2b real with myself and not lie to God! God cannot be fooled so I took a chill pill na sai niko hapa.
Same same people that didn’t want me there were the first to reach out !!!

Willy Paul

And whatever you might think about Willy Paul and his decision, I for one appreciate that he came out to keep it real. For far too long we had been treated to the theatrics and scandals of these so-called gospel artists. If it wasn’t a love child, it was sexually deviant behaviour and when that wasn’t the issue, it was abortions.

But once Mkunaji had called it quits from that world, he seemed to have freed up his former peers to also take the bold step. Bahati was quick to copy him and also quite gospel. And that means he is a trendsetter.

Willy Paul visit to Mathare slums, where he grew up

This is the age we live in: artists are now an open book to their fans and Willy Paul was not shy to inform his fans that he would still be giving them quality music but he would be doing so from the worldly section of music and content. Afterall, how could he remain a gospel artist yet he had fathered two children out of wedlock?

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