Stephanie OtoboBy Rashidat Akashat

Self-acclaimed lover of Apostle Johnson Suleman who seems to have resorted to her music career at the moment, Stephanie Otobo, has revealed the kind of man she would love to be with.

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In a recent interview with The Sun, the Canada-based Nigerian singer and acclaimed lover of the General overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries (OFM), Apostle Johnson Suleman, said she would love to be around a man who she can tolerate and would tolerate her in return.

Talking about her music, Stephanie said she nurtured the ambition of being a musician as a child who used to lead songs during church functions.

Read parts of her interview below:

What kind of man catches your fancy?

I know many girls would go for a cute face and handsome looking man. I want any man I can handle being around me and I can handle being around him. Along the line, it’s tolerance that matters. How you can be with the one you have chosen and not be tired of him. I don’t want to be with someone who will get tired of me or who I will get tired of living with.

When and how did you get into music because what was being promoted about you during your controversy with the man of God was that Stephanie was a stripper in Canada?

I have loved music since I was a child. During children functions at the church, I would take the lead roles. I did choreography and worship. Since then, I had loved to sing when I grew older and become a star. I was doing secular music beforeI came out with my gospel single.

Last year, while I was in Canada, I tried to make music but it didn’t have the Nigerian taste in terms of the production of the song and the music itself. Over there, their songs lack that distinct Nigerian flavour. I care about afro music, which is taking more of African music into the western world.

I travelled to Nigeria and made a song entitled ‘My Girlfriend’ using my stage name Kimora. I came to Nigeria to make a gospel song because I have always loved gospel songs. Having been in church since I was a child, I had wanted to flow with that passion. I met with some people I was supposed to work with and they explained to me that if I go into gospel songs, I would be wasting my time.

They told me that my song might be everywhere but I won’t make money. They said the best it would get me was popularity but nothing else. They said nobody would invite me for shows because I don’t attend any of the big churches in Nigeria nor belong to any famous choir.

I was told that I won’t make money because people don’t know me.

They explained to me that later on, I can go back to gospel songs because I am still very young. In life, you don’t have to rely on your own wisdom alone, you have to listen to the people who are in the business. It made sense to me that secular music was okay for now and later I can change to gospel, but originally, gospel was my thing.

Immediately, I changed to secular music. I got into the secular lifestyle. I started music last year officially.

Stephanie, who only recently released a single gospel song in Canada, I Depend On You, has instituted a $5m case against Apostle Suleman in Canada. Her allegations range from breaches of trust, attempted murder among others.