Why I Relocated To US, Converted To Christianity – Adewale Ayuba

Why I Relocated To US, Converted To Christianity - Adewale Ayuba
Why I Relocated To US, Converted To Christianity – Adewale Ayuba

Adewale Ayuba, the renowned Fuji musician, has explained why he moved to America and converted to Christianity.

In an interview with Teju Babyface on Tuesday, Ayuba discussed his new life in the US, his religion, and music career.

In 1995, he and a bandmate traveled to America for a three-month summer tour.

Ayuba stated that they were unable to return to Nigeria following their presentation due to threats from the late military head of state, Sani Abacha.

The musician claimed he was intimidated after releasing an album calling for the release of political captives, particularly the late Moshood Abiola.

Ayuba stated that following Abacha’s death, he went to Nigeria to sing at the Benson and Hedges concert in 1998.

The artist says while in the United States, he enrolled in school and competed.

leted his documentation to become an American citizen. He said he also met his wife in America.

“I left for America with my full band members in 1995 for a summer show and others. We came to America for about three months and then returned to Nigeria,” he said.

“I returned to Nigeria in 1998 when Abacha died. The three years I stayed in America were by the grace of God because he is a good planner.

“When I was in America, I realised that I could only perform shows on weekends. My Mondays to Fridays were free. So, I enrolled in school. That was where I met my wife.

“After that, I took part in a lot of activities. Doing so was like building another foundation in America. That was not easy. From there, I completed my documentation and became an American citizen.

“I don’t see myself continuing in Fuji music, I believe I have done well. This is America, there’s more to explore in life, trusting that God has a plan.”

When asked about his desire to convert from Islam to Christianity, Ayuba admitted that he was unable to pray in Arabic.

This, he claimed, prohibited him from practicing Islam, and he would always ask clerics to pray on his behalf.

He also stated that he was inspired by Bible texts quoting Jesus Christ as saying “He is the way, truth, and life”.

Ayuba stated that he prefers to worship where he “feels closest to God,” and that becoming a Christian “brings me happiness”.

“People claim Ayuba is a Muslim. Have they seen me in the mosque? If I were practising Islam, wouldn’t someone have noticed,” he said.

“Why is this an issue? Can they let me be? They say I should pray five times daily, but I’m not. My mother is an Alhaja, and although my father never went to Mecca, we practice Islam at home.

“So, my name is Ayub, which is Job in the Bible. It’s not that being a Muslim is good or bad. When I attempted to practice it, I had to summon some Alfas to help me communicate with God because I didn’t understand Arabic.

“I questioned whether I should continue despite all that God has done for me, needing others to intercede on my behalf.

“There isn’t an album of mine where I haven’t referenced Muslim words. We all worship God. To me, religion is akin to education.

“I chose Jesus Christ because he proclaimed, ‘I am the truth, the way, and the life’. This is my personal choice, and it brings me happiness.

“Many of my band members are Muslims, and we pray together. I was unable to attend Arabic school due to my profession. I prefer to worship where I feel closest to my God.”

Ayuba began his musical career as a teenager, releasing his debut album, ‘Ibere (Beginning)’ in 1986.

The 59-year-old vocalist is known for albums like “Bubble,” “Turn Me On,” “Ijo Fuji,” and “Koloba Koloba.”

In 2015, Ayuba described his conversion to Christianity as the happiest day of his life.

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