Today, I met Tuface (2Baba) and Annie Idibia, two famous celebrities in Nigeria, Africa, and the world at large. It’s an experience that I might not forget in a while.
You’re probably wondering:
“How did you come to be there?”
If you’ve read about me here, you’d remember that I reside in Ile-Ife with my husband. And yes, I should have been working.
But today, I chose to create time for something different. I said to myself, “It’s not every day you get to see celebrities. The most you ever get are celebrities’ gossip, their lifestyle, and photos of their houses.”
So, I made up my mind, and tada!!!…I was there in Oduduwa Hall at about 10:30a.m. I sat beside Oyinkansola, a young lady who was just going to begin her journey in the Department of English where I had graduated from.
As we waited for the arrival of our favorite celebrities, Oyinkansola and I connected on different subjects, mostly related to life in OAU.
Long story short, Innocent Ujah Idibia and Annie Idibia made their glorious entry into the hall and students and other members of the audience expressed their delight.
What did I feel? You’ll find out in a moment. Stay with me!
Who Says You Cannot Be a Celebrity?
As the popular and enigmatic Nigerian Afro-pop artist, Tuface (2Baba), arrived in that filled room, I felt something real. Maybe indescribable! But it was real – celebrities aren’t gods.
They are people like you and me. They have grown through time and opportunities. Their life courses were designed by God and defined by them, and they are who they are because of the choices they have made.
So, tell me, who says you cannot become one of the world’s most celebrated celebrities?
Yes, you might tell me fame and glories aren’t your thing. What about your zeal to change the world? Haven’t you ever thought about ways to uphold truth and celebrate greatness?
Seeing 2Baba reminds me of the hard work it takes to move from zero to hero. He began his journey in the late twentieth century when music wasn’t the most rewarding thing.
He put in the diligence and consistency, and today, he holds several awards and records as the first music artist to win this or that. From the BET to the World Music Awards, Innocent idibia has shown that celebrities all have a beginning.
What Do You See When You See Celebrities?
If you simply follow celebrities’ gossip to see what’s wrong about their lives, you might never appreciate their stories.
You could catch me doing that with Adele but not many others.
However, what I experienced today at the Fellowship Award showed me that we are indeed the architects of our own lives.
Yes, God created you in His image and gave you the power to choose between good and evil. Nonetheless, your life, in the long run, will be a perfect mix of the steps you take toward greatness or failure.
Tuface (2Baba) is one of the most respectable celebrities in Nigeria. Ask me why.
He didn’t play proud and pompous one bit. Throughout the event, he was calm, cheerful, and excited. Interestingly, he is the first ever to receive the Fellows of Music Award from OAU. And he didn’t raise his shoulders like cloth hangers.
See, when you look at celebrities, you need to remember that they’ve come from somewhere. They lived in their present at some point in their lives so that they could make it to the future, where you now are.
So, looking at a celebrity should tell you something – God created him/her the same way he did me. As a result, I can write my own story if I want something like what they have.
Can You Be a Christian Celebrity?
Let’s be real here for a second.
The average person wants to be known for something, good or bad. As a Christian, I want to be known as Christ-like. I want to love, forgive, heal, teach, and accept the way He did.
So, if I can be famous for being like Christ, why not?
Here’s the thing:
When I saw Tuface (2Baba) and Annie today, I just wanted to hug them and say, “You are real. I can touch you so I know. I admire your strength and story.”
It shouldn’t always be about celebrities’ cars or celebrities’ houses or some other gossip on the side.
Famous people are as real as you and me. And seeing them, being in the same hall or room as them should remind you that your story will happen, even if it takes years.
The next time you feel inadequate, anxious or worried that the climax of your story is taking too long to happen, remember that it might take a year, 10 years, 20 years or more.
Silence the criticism that might come from:
- Social media
Look at yourself in the mirror and say, “It took Tuface two decades to receive a Fellowship Award in Music, despite not completing his education.
It might take me more time or less. But whatever it takes, I will keep working at it. I will be my own celebrity, and I’ll tell my story.”
A Look At Ellen G. White as a Celebrity
But this doesn’t change the fact that she was known as an inspired writer. Ellen G. White received visions and wrote books that touch nearly all aspects of the human life.
Despite the great task of writing she was committed to, E. G. White never for once ascribed the glory to herself.
And I saw the same in Tuface today. 2Baba appreciated God’s grace in his life, reminding everyone in that hall that human beings are helped by God.
Celebrities are lovely people with lovely lives – money, cars, houses, influence and all. But all the things in their world still do not transform them into gods.
Meeting Tuface and Annie Idibia today reminded me that my writing may take months or years to get read by everyone in the 195 countries of the world. But for now, I’m grateful for the 20 countries that have found me.
And I eagerly look forward to a richer story, when I can tell you about my walk in the world of celebrities.
Mind you, I remain your favorite Christian Celebrity (winks).
Till you read from me again,
Walk with me!
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