Rev. FR. Chinenye Oluoma, a Nigerian Catholic priest serving in the Abuja Archdiocese, has responded to purported claims about gospel singer Mercy Chinwo charging N10 million for guest appearances. The Reverend Father expressed his concern over the escalating costs associated with religious worship.
In a viral video circulating on social media, Father Oluoma criticized gospel musicians who request exorbitant fees for performing in places of worship. Using Mercy Chinwo as a specific instance, the clergyman reiterated that the singer demands N10 million as a performance fee when invited to churches.
“We have made religious worship expensive. If I have to bring Mercy Chinwo to come here and sing, how much will I pay her?”
“How much does a gospel artiste of Mercy Chinwo’s status charge to come to an event or in a Church, it has reached N10m now”.
“This is the tragedy that we have turned Christianity into, that an artiste will come to a church and lead in ten minutes praise and worship for N10m, N5m. So if that particular artiste doesn’t sing Jesus, you love me too much, that means God didn’t love you too much?
<p”>And some people were asking if they should be paid. Why didn’t you pay them? If you must bring them, you must pay for them because what you are bringing them for is entertainment. We have turned worship into entertainment.
We have copied the world. In those days, those who composed songs we are still using for worshipping nobody even knows them,” he said.
"Mercy Chinwo Charges N10m To Perform In Churches" – Rev. Fr. Oluoma Tackles Gospel Singers [Video] pic.twitter.com/svYNjZ8Wkd
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