Gospel singer Onesimus, popularly known as Armstrong, has defended his move to record a song “praising” his “spiritual father” Prophet Shepherd Bushiri.
The song, titled ‘Happy Birthday Papa’, a birthday dedication to the “Man of God (MOG)” who is fondly called Papa by his followers, was released on Monday and has been welcomed with mixed reactions on Twitter and Facebook.
In the song, Onesimus sings: “I want to make you go crazy…this is your day we celebrate, I want to make you lose your mind…God bless my papa oh my major father oh…”
While others have received the song with positive feedback, other fans say the artist is taking his “love” for the MOG overboard, saying he is praising the prophet more than God.
“Koma seriously this song is too nooooice.. Bushiri be one lucky major. He is surely loved by Onesimus #HBP”, reads one tweet.
Another one reads: “Good song by Onesimus. ..could have been a hit… But the message..”
But the singer told Nyasa Showbiz: “Truth be told, I don’t praise Prophet Shepherd Bushiri but I praise the God in Him that works mighty wonders and perform miracles through him.
“I know few people haven’t received it but many are happy because they know that it’s not wrong to recognize and honour Men of God. As he is my mentor and my spiritual father, I have all the rights to honor him, for am I part of him and he is part of me,” said Onesimus in an interview Tuesday afternoon.
The singer, who changed his stage name from Armstrong to Onesimus few months ago, as advised by Bushiri further said he recorded the song because he believes men of God must be fully recognized for their work.
He also observed that artists do songs praising politicians, so it shouldn’t be a problem him doing a song to “celebrate with Bushiri”.
Added Onesimus: “We have love songs in which artists go to the point of praising their loved ones calling them names like ‘you are my Angel, my everything’, but no one questions that and here I am, not praising him but celebrating with him”.