1. Moji Olaiya
Moji was born to Christian parents, her father being the legendary
Nigerian singer Victor Olaiya. She was brought up in Christian ways
although her mother was a Muslim before converting to
Christianity. She ended converting to Islam
after suffering a few marital woes. Moji has been married twice and
both marriages came to a halt. The single mother of one states that Islam gives her more power and inner calm.
In one of her interviews, she confessed,“Honestly, Islam is a peaceful religion. The aspect I love most is that you don’t need any pastor to get closer to God.
You don’t really need anybody to pray for you. You can always pray on
your own and Almighty Allah will answer your prayer without any
intermediary. I have been doing that since I became a Muslim and it has always worked for me.”
2. Vivian Metchie
Nollywood star, Vivian was born to Catholic father and a Deeper Life
Mother. She married a man who was a member of the Redeemed Church but
the marriage eventually failed leaving her with four children.
According to her, she switched religions because at a point in time,
she got confused as various Christian churches had something bad to say
about one another
Explaining her actions, the screen diva said, “It is a personal decision. I understand the Koran more than the Bible…
I was probably looking for peace. Yeah! That was what I was looking
for and I found it in the Koran.” Vivian adopted the name Fareedah as
her muslim name and according to her, her parents were supportive of her decision to switch religions.
3. Liz Da Silva
Popular actress, Liz Da Silva
was known to be a Christian up until the time she allegedly had a child
for former NURTW Oshodi boss, Musiliu Akinsanya better known as MC
Oluomo. When things did not work out between them, she married a Muslim man named Olaoye. Because of the birth of her son, Roheem and her new family, Liz became a Muslim and adopted the name Aishat.
“In case you want to know I have a good relationship with my baby’s father and that is why I had to convert to Muslim and got a new name Aishat before the baby was named.
I am a Christian, but I had to convert to Islam because of my baby,” Liz Da Silva revealed in an interview.
4. Liz Anjorin
Lizzy, real name Elizabeth Anjorin is a household name as far as
Nollywood is concerned. She was brought up in a Christian family however
she found solace in Islam. In 2013, she came out to state categorically that she is a Muslim and soon after her revelation, she jetted off to Mecca for Hajj.
Addressing her faith to critics, Lizzy explained that she has always had ties to the Muslim world judging from the fact that her mother is a Muslim.
She once said in an interview, “Although my name is Elizabeth, which is
the Christian name my dad gave me because he was a Christian. Then, I
also have a Muslim name, Aishat, given to me by my mother, who was a Muslim.
Also, some from my mother’s family members also named me Sekinat.
Even my daughter’s name is Rufaidat. So, I grew with the two religions.”
She added, “Islam has been in me for long. I only kept it to myself. It is my private life.”
However, certain unconfirmed sources suggest that her conversion happened after a relationship with a certain Alhaji in Lagos.
5. Laide Bakare
Super actress, Laide Bakare
was Christian up until the time she left her Christian husband and
started dating an alleged money bag in Lagos named Alhaji Tunde Orilowo
fondly referred to as ATM.
Laide had to convert to Islam after marrying him and becoming another one of his wives.
6. Lola Alao
Light complexioned Lola Alao is the newest convert in town. Her switch to the tent of Islam was broken by an Islamic scholar on Facebook and she will now be known as Rohdiat.
A perusal of her Instagram page shows that she now sends out greetings in the name of Allah.