In this article I will be sharing with you 8 Nollywood celebrities who left acting and later turned to pastors. It is common knowledge that the love for God can make people do things that they normally would not do. Due to this love for the heavenly father, some have abandoned their worldly lifestyles, given up bad habits and made other huge decisions. Today, the focus is on Nigerian actors and actresses who have abandoned the movie industry because of their love for God.
These Nollywood celebrities left their profession as actors and actresses and decided to embrace the call of God as pastors and ministers of the gospel. So therefore, after a careful study and research I present to you 8 Nollywood celebrities who left acting and later turned to pastors.
1. Patience Ozokwor
Patience Ozokwor popularly known as Mama G is a veteran Nollywood actress known for her role as wicked step-mother, wicked mother in-law and evil role in several Nollywood movies. She has been in the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood for over two decades. However, it is not clear if veteran Nollywood actress Patience Ozokwor aka Mama G has totally abandoned acting for evangelism or she does both acting and evangelism simultaneously. Since 2016, Patience Ozokwor has been seen preaching the gospel to the people both on social media and in churches. Earlier this year she was seen ministering at a church in Lagos. According to Kemi Filani, she was ministering to a congregation at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Alaba, Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria and she spoke about her life and her personal encounter with Jesus Christ.
2. Zack Orji
Zack Orji is one of Nollywood prolific and veteran actor. He has been in the Nigerian movie industry for over two decades. Zack Orji is known for his role as pastor in several Nollywood movies so it was never a surprise that he could turn to pastor later in real life. Zack Orji reportedly got into the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood in 1991. He acted for many years, where he only plays the role of a pastor. He later decided to promote his movie role to reality and became a pastor. He is now a full-time evangelist. He got ordained in 2012.
3. Kanayo O Kanayo
Anayo Modestus Onyekwere popularly known as Kanayo O Kanayo is a veteran Nollywood actor known for his role as a man who always like using his wife for money ritual. Kanayo O Kanayo has been in the Nigerian movie industry for over two decades. His first role was in the 1992 Nollywood blockbuster movie “Living in Bondage” where he played the role of Chief Omego. However, things have changed since he became a minister. According to several sources, he has been spotted teaching the word of God at Christ Mission Worldwide Church in Egbeda, Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria.
4. Eucharia Anunobi
Eucharia Anunobi is a veteran Nollywood actress known for her role in Glamour Girls which was produced in 1995 and Abuja Connection which was produced in 2005. For years we saw her take some pretty and provocative roles. She shocked everyone when she announced that she had given her life to Christ. She took things a step further by becoming an ordained evangelist on 5th February 2012. The ordination was done at the Fresh Oil Ministry Church, Egbeda, Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria by Pastor Psalm Okpe.
5. Majid Michel
Majid Michel is Ghanaian/Nollywood actor born and bred in Accra, Ghana. Majid Michel deserves a spot on this list for publicly announcing that he has given his life to Christ. Unlike other Nollywood actors that quit acting completely after given their life to Christ, Majid Michel is still in the movie industry, however, he has stated that he will no longer be seen in romantic movies.
According to his words; “You will not see my buttocks, you will not see sexually explicit scenes, you won’t hear bad language but you will identify things that will propel your spirit to somewhere great. Basically we will reduce all the explicit scenes you used to see. I’m going to regulate whatever provokes the emotions of man, be it sexually or any negative way. I won’t stop being bad in movies but I will regulate the kind of bad scenes you will see” he said this during an interview.
6. Charles Okafor
Charles Okafor is a veteran Nollywood actor. He has been in the Nigerian movie industry for over two decades and hasn’t appeared in movies for many years. However, Charles Okafor who staged a comeback to Nollywood recently in Uche Jombo’s film “Misplaced” after disappearing from the movie scene is also one of the actors that are winning souls for Christ. He is now an ordained pastor preaching the word of God and converting souls for Christ. He used to act alongside Saint Obi, Zack Orji and Richard Mofe Damijo and has made a name for himself before disappearing from the scene. Charles Okafor who is a graduate of University of Port Harcourt has starred in films like Forest of Promises, Ocean Deep, Across the River, Between Love, Boiling Point, Executive Connection, amongst others.
7. Liz Benson
Elizabeth Benson popularly known as Liz Benson is a veteran Nollywood actress we all grew up watching on TV. After starting her acting career on the set of the popular television soap opera, Fortunes which was produced in 1993, she has succeeded in becoming one of the most popular actresses of all time. She gave up acting when she got ordained as an evangelist at the Rainbow Christian Assembly Church in Warri, Delta State in the south southern part of Nigeria. She currently runs the church with her husband, Bishop Great Emeya, whom she married in 2009.
8. Pat Attah
Pat Attah is a famous Nollywood actor known for his romantic roles in movies. Aside from acting he is also a musician and a guitarist. Pat Attah is one of the finest actors in the good old days of Nollywood. Now, he is allegedly based in Hamburg, Germany. Although he is an evangelist now, he does not preach in churches like the rest of his peers do. Rather, he takes advantage of social network sites like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook where he posts his sermon for the world to see.