Kenyan gospel industry is fake, says Willy Paul

Colleta Ochieng
Colleta Ochieng

Willy Paul has confessed that he does not regret leaving the gospel music industry, criticizing it as being run by “a bunch of fake people pretending to do God’s work, yet they are a definition of wolves in sheep’s clothing.”

Willy Paul, born Wilson Abubakar Radido, rose to fame in 2013 with his hot songs ‘Rabuka’ and ‘Sitolia’ which earned him accolades as he was named Male Artist of the Year at the 2013 Groove Awards.

Speaking in an interview on the Mic Check podcast, Pozee shared that he at one time experienced depression and sought help from his spiritual community, only to be ignored.

He expressed disappointment that those he believed were in the ministry to serve God were actually more interested in making money rather than practicing what they preached.

The Sitolia hitmaker explained that despite witnessing how online trolls were affecting him, the same people in the gospel community chose to pick fights with him, which was a major reason for his decision to switch to secular music.

Pozee revealed that Muthoni Drummer Queen and Nyashinski supported him during this challenging time by advising him to stay true to himself.

Before fully transitioning from gospel to secular music, Pozee frequently faced criticism from some netizens for his lifestyle, which included partying, releasing love songs about relationships, and making controversial appearances in clubs. His switch to secular music was therefore a relief, as it freed him from the pressure exerted by his gospel fanbase.

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