In an era where people are depressed and think the only approach to deal with their frustrations is to commit suicide; an inspired artiste popularly called El Priest has chosen to encourage men and women going through diverse frustrations.
A song he titles “Suicide” Produced by Rymzo.
His song is a message of hope for the hopeless as he also reminds them that taking their life is not the solution. And that if only they can hold on, no matter how dark the night might be, the morning will surely come.
EL Priest Shares the inspiration behind the Song:
In 1997 while in 400 level studying mechanical engineering at Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria, I contemplated committing suicide because of the poor grades I had. I had gained admission in 1993 and had four distinctions and four credits in one sitting in my SSCE (senior secondary certificate examinations). I felt there was no way I could make it or succeed in life without a good result.
My dream was to make a first class, but I left with a pass! The only option for me was suicide. Wasn’t going to leave a note behind if I recall correctly. Lecturers made life difficult for students especially demanding for money for us to have good grades.
By my upbringing that was a no-no for me and I refused to grease their palms as most boys did from my 100 level in 1993. So failure in life stared me in the face.
But God intervened miraculously. I had thought of my mother and the predicament it would cost her being I was her only surviving son and my stepmother had 3 boys and a girl all my younger ones. My mum had five of us still alive out of the nine children she gave birth too.
God prevented me when I also remembered the hymn “Count Your Blessings”. So I decided to count mine and avoided the rope!
By 2007 in Lagos when I started working on my 10 track rap album I heard a voice that said I should write a song on my suicidal experience. I snapped back that suicide is not a Christian song and there was dead silence. I apologised to God and proceeded to write the song.
In February 2008, Rymzo produced the song on the same day he produced another song I wrote titled Live by Faith! I had always wanted to release the song Suicide from way back in 2008 but most people felt it’s a great song but not meant for Nigeria “since people don’t commit suicide in Nigeria”.
Nobody can say that anymore with recent events in Nigeria. So, I decided to release the song now being in the cooler for about 11 years.
- – Elvis “El Priest” Idumijie
About El Priest
Born Elvis Idumijie in Kaduna, north-central Nigeria, El Priest began singing, acting and reading speeches in elementary school at St. Anne’s Primary School. He discovered he could rap in 1990 at Rimi College, Kaduna, Nigeria, in his second year as a senior secondary school but R & B fascinated him more.
His music career took off seriously as an R & B artiste while studying mechanical engineering at Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria. He switched over to rap in 1997 after an incident which made realize rap offered him a better and comparative advantage.
El Priest aka Da Man God Uses or Da MGU! (as some of his very close friends prefer to call him) credits and attributes his skills to God. He recalls listening to his dad’s collections of musical legends and a couple of Christmas carols on vinyl.
With the advent of rap music, he was influenced by the likes of Micheal Peace, Stephen Wiley, DC Talk, Fu Schnikens, Will Smith, Heavy D & The Boyz, Sup & DJ Dove (SFC-Soldiers For Christ), Gospel Gangstaz, etc.
A rapper/singer/songwriter/choreographer, El sees his being in the music industry as a calling. In January 2006 decided to do music professionally after setting up his label known as Da Priest Entertainment (DPE) in 2005.
He is leveraging on his years of experience performing on some Nigerian university campuses, youth events, weddings, and churches with a view to reaching a global audience.