Award-winning Nigeria International
gospel singer, songwriter, dynamic worshipper and musical phenomenon, Emmanuel Prince Onyegbula, famously known as Ema Onyx who sang “Jesus No Dey Use Me Play” , a song that has garnered over 50million views and traction online is ready to drop another sound. In the interview with ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM, the artiste talks about his songs and other sundry issues.
Tell us how life has been since the release of “Jesus You No Use Me Play?
Since Jesus You No Dey Use Me Play was released, it’s been a wonderful moment for me. It’s a dream fulfilled. God blessing what you’re doing and breathing on it. God announcing you, sending you into the world by what He has put inside of you. Your talent your dreams coming into fulfilment. Since”Jesus You No Use Me Play” was released, it’s be a wonderful moment for me, programmes here and there. Interviews here and there. Lots of engagements. You see yourself fulfilling purpose, dreams and touching lives.
What has been keeping you atop of your gospel career and how have you been coping with the rigorous terrain?
The strength of God has been keeping me. It’s not easy being there, trying to do what God has called you to do. But we’re coping. God as been faithful, if you trust in God if He’s the one that called you, if it’s His assignment you’re doing, He will certainly give you the strength to do it. It’s been a very rigorous, trying moment for me. Trying to cope with events here and there because the demand for you to come minister is very high. But God’s grace has been sufficient for me to keep on going.
Your hit song has generated millions of views, how do you feel about the acceptance of your songs?
The acceptance of “Jesus You No Use Me Play” was massive. I tell you in just few years we’ve had millions of views. The traction online has been coming in. It’s obvious that the breath of God on the song was worth it. The video too has been on air for about 2-3 years ago. It’s been an awesome moment for me, seeing my song , video affecting millions of people across the globe is massive. It’s no longer about you seeing your dream fulfilled, it’s about the word God has given you to proclaim. For me, the acceptance is massive , seeing that we have millions of views alone gladdens my heart . And I believe God is about to do more with the other songs he has give me.
Nigeria is a place enjoying more secular music. But it seems some gospel artistes are also remixing some of the contemporary songs. Can you tell us the message you guys are trying to pass by that?
I don’t believe gospel artistes should remix secular songs. God has called us in different ways and given us different assignment on earth. So if God has called you to be a gospel artiste, stick and promote what He has called you to do. Personally I won’t want to delve into the debate of why the gospel artistes are remixing secular songs because I don’t think it’s right. Remain with God and find the purpose of the assignment He has given unto you. As a gospel artiste, read his word, study, pray and he’s going to give you knowledge above everything.
Nigerians and your fans across the globe would like to know what you are working on …I means the songs.
Everybody that love what God has called us to do should be expectant. In few week to come , we will drop one of the biggest gospel singles in the world, “Show Up.” It’s a song that stresses how important God is in our lives. Praying and demanding Him to show up in all spheres of our lives. The song is ready and the video is about to drop. Everybody should be expectant and be assured that God is going to “Show Up” at the point of your need. I’m also working on my yearly programme titled “The Atmosphere” and it comes up October 22 in Abuja. Be expectant and be assured that God is going to visit you. We have other unreleased songs that we would be dropping, but just follow us on our social media handles for up-to-date information.