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“I want to worship God like a regular member of the congregation,” Falz on his seeming disinterest in church

Falz insists that he is not disinterested in church. 

Pearl Emmanuel

Folarin Falana aka Falz tha bahd guy recently released his “table shaking” album in 2019 titled ‘Moral Instruction’. He had a secondary school-themed private album listening party in Lagos.

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His mother publicly expressed her displeasure at her son’s utter disinterest in going to church, like his other siblings. She insisted that he was raised in a Christian family and expressed her concern for his not going to church. She said, “Folarin, you don’t go to church and I am bothered. I hope you would start going to church this year.”

In a recent chat, he admitted to not attending church, as his mother had earlier said. He stated his reasons thus,

“I have nothing against the church or going to church; everyone has the right to practice the religion they desire but personally, as a Christian, it has been a while that I have been to church. It does not make me less of a Christian”.

“The most important thing is spirituality and your personal connection with God. The reason I haven’t attended a church service in a long while is because I went to a few churches and during sermons, I was put under undue pressure. There was a time that a pastor called me to the altar just to acknowledge my presence for being in church”.

“In my mind, I felt that the service was not about me. I felt that everybody was there to worship God, yet they were putting undue pressure on me. The pastor gave me the microphone to address the congregation and I was puzzled; what did he expect me to say to the congregation? These are some of the issues. I just want to go to church and worship God like a regular member of the congregation. I do not want that kind of attention. I was hoping that I would go to church on a Sunday and it would not be like any other day I’m at a public place or doing a show,” the artist said.

The question is, why would a pastor acknowledge the presence of a ‘secular’ musician in a church?