Malawian musician Armstrong Kalua has announced that he has changed his stage name to Onesimus.
This comes after the singer, born Sopani Armstrong Kalua switched from Afro-R&B music to gospel music as he turned ‘born-again’ few months ago.
“I have changed my stage name to “Onesimus” effect from today,” the musician made the announcement Monday afternoon on Twitter, before explaining on the change hours later.
Around 8:00pm Monday, he revealed that renowned “Man of God”, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, who he refers to as his “spiritual father” had given him the new name.
“My spiritual father Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has given me this name,” disclosed the ‘Ndilandileni’ singer.
Onesimus is a Greek name which means “beneficial” or “profitable” and in the Bible, Saint Onesimus was an escaped slave of Philemon who met Saint Paul while in prison where he was converted.
Speaking about his name, the musician said: “Onesimus is a prophetic name that carries a breakthrough of my life.”
“It means once before I was unprofitable and now am profitable, I was once useless but now am useful to this generation and to the generations to come, I was not important but now am important those who rejected me in the past now they shall look for me,” he added.
According to him, Prophet Bushiri had “received a revelation from the Almighty Jesus Christ” to have him change his artist name.
Wrote Armstrong: “And he [Bushiri] said “son God wants you to change your name to ‘Onesimus’. Just like Saul changed to Paul, Abram to Abraham, Jacob to Israel.”
The musician is currently working on his debut gospel album titled ‘Worship Core’ and is sponsored by Bushiri.
About a fortnight ago, Armstrong indicated he would be leaving for the United Kingdom and South Africa to record songs with renowned gospel musicians Kirk Franklin, Hillsong, Jesus Culture and Sipho Makhabane.
He however told Nyasa Times he was still around for this week as he was working on some church project.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :