”I need a wife to shield me from distractions” says Gospel singer, Steve Crown
By Patricia Uyeh
Benue state-born gospel musician, Steve Crown Okolo is one of the hottest gospel singer in the country right now. His hit track ”You are great” has been gaining massive acceptance and air play.
Speaking on how he came attained such musical heights, he said:
”I believe that for an artiste to grow, you must have a root somewhere. You have to consistently practise your craft, and even for some secular artistes, they learned that consistency in the church choir. But I started singing at home because my mum and dad, as members of the local Anglican Church choir, sang a lot at home.
”My interest in singing developed right from childhood and I also enjoyed playing the drums as a child, and I disturbed my parents a lot with my drumming. Despite this, I didn’t start thinking of a career in music as a child, I thought of myself more as a visual artiste. I did paintings of my parents, which were very good and I did tutorials on art. But as you grow, God begins to show you that the path you thought you would take might not be what He planned for you. So from art, I tried to be a lawyer. I have a diploma in law from UNIABUJA. Then, I ventured into studying Office Technology and Management. I still want to read other courses in the future. But now, I am fully into music.”
Reacting to how he manages his stardom, the graduate of Federal Polytechnic, Zamfara had said, “It hasn’t been easy. I would say that it is a sweet feeling experiencing success. But now, I have to live with plenty of caution. Imagine that you have lived your life like everyone else, and all of a sudden, you are a known face.
”Recently, I went into a store around midnight to buy a few things and I thought I wouldn’t be recognized.
But shortly after, some people started following me around and whispering “Yes, he is the one.” Also, on my way to Abuja from Kaduna State recently, I stopped to buy corn and I ate plenty of it. The driver said he could understand why I ate as much as I could because I might not be able to do the same thing in Abuja. So, these are the little things I hardly can indulge myself in these days. And I cannot be seen in places that will send wrong messages about me.”
Speaking on his marital status and how he copes with female fans, “I have been coping by God’s grace. I have tried within my own strength and God’s grace to stay out of things that could be a problem to me.” He went on talking about marriage:
“In the long term it is a priority. But for now, it is not topmost priority. This is because as a minister I need a wife to be shielded from some of these distractions, because they do confront me. But there are some things I need to put together as an individual, and in my ministry as an artiste, before I get married. You have to be prepared for marriage and seek God’s face before you get into it.”
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