An interview led by a team of media practitioners from MTVIBES MEDIA during The top celebrity search for the week.
MTVIBES MEDIA: Sir may we know you.
BETHELEZ: Ofcourse. My name is Bethel Ezeh Chisimdi. I am popularly know musically as Bethelez. Bethelez is an Abia born Gospel artist who has great passion for entertainment. He is also a writer, an actor, a blogger, teacher and a musician.
MTVIBES MEDIA: Wow! Thats really crazy. You alone doing all these? How do you manage to carry all of them?
BETHELEZ: I wake up every morning, Go through my lesson note before i bath to prepare for school. At school, i teach English literature and cultural and creative arts which basically falls within my field. At my ample time and according to my mood, i either rehearse my songs with my guitar or open my laptop to either blog or edit my scripts. Acting has been my hobby. As a matter of fact, i read Theatre arts in school and as we know that every Theatre artist is known as a Thespian. So am a Thespian!
MTVIBES MEDIA: That’s so sweet. I wish i can do all these. As a musician, How has it been with you?
BETHELEZ: Well i thank God, The giver of life and talent. He has not deprived me of any these things. I am actually doing my best. Though I have not started promoting due to the numerous tasks i have been embarking on. You know i recently got married.
MTVIBES MEDIA: I was coming to that but..
BETHELEZ: I know. I know. So, I have only done an album late last year. The title is ‘My overdose” I have not promoted much but i will soon start a massive promo on it. I think people love it! You know, at first, i was skeptical about being accepted by listeners but now i am fully convinced that i have what it takes.
MTVIBES MEDIA: Which song in your album will make the hit?
BETHELEZ: Well, i can’t say which, somehow because, many of my listeners had shocked me with their preference of my song. Some love the song i rate lowest the most and vice versa. So it’s hard to say but i think i received more ovation for the song titled, Nidi Uso. NIDI USO is a mixture of English and Igbo tongue which i dedicated onto the ominiscient and omnipresent God who make men into who they become. Who cares not about one’s background to set one on high.He goes directly to execute his will no matter the magnitude of the obstacle. This thoughts inspired this artist to sing this song. ‘N’idi uso’ simply means, “YOU ARE SWEET”.
MTVIBES MEDIA: Wow! I hope you will permit us to embed it on our web page for people to download and listen to?
BETHELEZ: Ofcourse. You are my manager. It is your right from the beginning. But i will prefer it more if my listeners will drop their comments after listening. I love criticism and recommendations. I am very elastic and teachable.
MTVIBES MEDIA: Ok. Now let us come to your marital status (Smiles) Pls who is Bethelez Maritally?
BETHELEZ: SMILES. Well Bethelez is a legally married man. Married to a beauty queen. I call her Babee. I don’t want to say much on that. You can get the full gist on MTvibes media blog spot. www.mtvibesmedia.blogspot.com
MTVIBES MEDIA: LAUGHS OUT. It is well. I guess i wasn’t here then but it is all good. I will go see for my self. So, Throughout this struggle, when was your high point and low point?
BETHELEZ: Hmmmm! My high point. the day CMEKS MUSIC agreed to market my audio if i could only provide money for printing. Someone said they don’t accept songs anymore. That they only accept good videos that are already in the market but within me, i knew i was better than that. So when i was told to get some money for the printing, I knew they liked it!
My low point, The time i was shooting my first own movie series, titled ‘Campus unrest’. I was almost through when i received the news of my Moms Death. I packed up and that was how the movie i spent two years to write never saw the daylight. Though, i am beginning to work for its re shoot.
MTVIBES MEDIA: That’s so sad. So sorry for the loss.
BETHELEZ: That’s a long time ago. God knows the best.
MTVIBES MEDIA: what are your other hobbies?
BETHELEZ: I love playing football. I thought i will be a footballer. I love reading, playing music, watching films and making good friends.
MTVIBES MEDIA: What obstacles have you encountered in the course of shaping a career as this?
BETHELEZ: SMILES: Dear. in this country, idea without cash is half dead and forgotten. Unless you have someone or your God locates you. If not, if you have that passion to succeed, then you must be prepared to pay your dues. And when i mean dues, I mean dues in hard currency. No matter how talented you are, you need the money for endorsement. Atleast, you need to pay studio fees, make album art na, visit studio for correction, you will buy fuel, transport yourself, Bath up, buy data, write your song, learn to play instrument, buy your own instrument and the time spent looking for one thing or the other plus reaction from people around you. Things like having an overbearing parents and antagonistic siblings. MY people were not antagonistic but a lot of artists are facing such challenges. Mine was Poverty. Simple! Though i have conquered it by Gods grace. I am a gospel artist. Doing Gods work surely pays.
MTVIBES MEDIA:Have you ever been tempted to join the secular artists?
BETHELEZ: Well, right from when i began the music thing, I never for one day dream of leaving the gospel.
Romans 1:16 says, ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile’.
Many of my artist friends are secular. We started together. Some left mid way and became secular artist. Sometimes they try to persuade me to join them because i do back up singing too. So when i take their back up only for professional purpose, they will be like, “Guy, why not come secular, you are too good for gospel”. I will smile and walk away. My mind is made up. Gospel till i die!
MTVIBES MEDIA: That is very interesting. Romans 1:16. You just taught me a verse of the scripture. SMILES. Iuse to hear my pastor say it but don’t know the verse. Thanks for that.
BETHELEZ: You are welcomed. SMILES.
MTVIBES MEDIA: What are we expecting from Bethelez next?
BETHELEZ: Simply put, Explosion! God is about to bring a new wave of song unto the lips of men this latter days. This is beyond inspiration. It is from the word. Like my Pastor David Oyedepo would say, ‘This is a mixed season….a season of trials for the world and triumph for the church of God”. Songs of truth. Not of cheer and prosperity. Song for the hope of eternity and reproof of sin.
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MTVIBES MEDIA: Interesting! I can’t wait anymore! (LAUGHS LOUD) So where do you see Bethelez in the next 3 years.
Bethelez: Hmmm! 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written:“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,Nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” I will feature lots of big Gospel stars like Chris Mogan, Frank Edwards, Iben, Joe praise, Nathaniel bassy, Sinachi and many more.
MTVIBES MEDIA: Please one word for aspiring Gospel artists.
BETHELEZ: Well, like i will always talk from the scriptures. Because the word of God is the only panacea to human frustration. Patience is very important to every gospel artist. God does not bless you immediately you start his work. It is devil that does that to entice you towards your damnation. God normally watches to see your faithfulness before he will bless you.
HABAKUK 2:3 This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. That is all i have to tell them.
MTVIBES MEDIA: Gosh! This was awesome! We appreciate your time sir. We will be happy to speak with you some other time.
BETHELEZ: The pleasure is mine. God bless you richly.