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Nollywood actress Lizzy Anjorin has on her Instagram recounted how she converted from Christianity to Islam.

In a four post series, Anjorin began with how she heard the news that her mother had passed.

She wrote about how 3 churches had refused to have her mother buried in their cemetery because, she said, she wasn’t a member of their churches.

While she loves and is grateful to her Christian brothers and sisters who have opened doors for her, she concluded, she has never regretted being identified as a muslim.

See her story below:

My journey into ISLAM. ..
On the 8th of January 2012.  I called my uncle, Baba Lanre…please, come and help me give my mum her food stuffs, drugs and monthly allowance. There will be strike tomorrow. My uncle left. At exactly 12:30 pm that same day, Baba Lanre  called. “Solape, Eganmidogo. Mama ti ku oo”. I laughed and end the call. He called back again. “Didn’t you hear what I said? Mama ti ku. Infact she had fish in her hand and her mouth. Then I realised what has hit me, I picked my car key and rushed down to where she was. That was the day I realised that if any child decide to be a bad child you will face your shame alone..because where you are suppose to spend money ti o ba ri owo yo that shame can ruin you ….hmmm. But meanwhile, two days before that day. My able Speaker of Lagos State Hon. Mudashir Obasa  was an Honourable Member before he became the Speaker. I use to drop any of my goods  in his office. I don’t know if he took out of the goods or not…kokanmi. I know Egbon will pay for the goods. Once I spoil my mouth and say Egbon Mi, patronise me don’t let me be jobless. He will just say oya drop it ..atimes I will drop over size palm slippers ..he will say Lizzy this slippers is to big ….I will say Egbon Mi, please give it to your Ward members ??. Hon. called me that faithful Friday.  He said, “Lizzy where are you? Come and collect your money. There will be strike on Monday or do you have any money that will sustain  you during the strike”? I shouted … rara sir o, I am behind your office sir. I spent the whole day hustling up and down somewhere in  Ogun State to sell my WosiWosi. He called  around 11am in the morning . This Egbon waited in his office till 6:30pm. He paid me my money and also gave me….Part 2 Loading….#ParentOverEvrything#TakecareofyourparentIfyouHaveOne

gave 10k extra. I knelt down and prayed for him and left. It was part of that money I sent to Mama as part of her monthly allowance. So, when they called me that Mama is no more. I rush to were I kept the remaining money and some little change I kept under the bed and pillow, packed everything and rushed down to where she was. On getting there, I met Mama sleeping all by herself. Her whole body has changed. I called her several times,  Mama did not answer. I saw some notes under her pillow. My mother has been taking notes of all the things I’ve been sending to her and how I’ve been taking care of her since when I was young up till that very day. She wrote something at the end of one the notes. “Anytime she die, nobody should take her to the Mortuary.” @ iya enny we both saw the note abi and I could remember right from when I was a teenager,  my mother used to tell me that she does not want her dead body to be taking to the Mortuary when she dies. She doesn’t like the Mortuary atall. When I remembered and I realised that strike is starting  the next day,  Walahi I was cold and scared. I immediately stood up and said…..please, is there any nurse to inject Mama? Their response was that, all the nurses have all gone home due to the strike that is going to hold tomorrow. Is there any Mortuary around this area? Ahhh, ani gbogbo won ti losi ile won. Then I realised that baba nla set up le leyi o…..She meant what she said that she doesn’t like Mortuary. I stood up and said to everybody. I will bury my mother tonight. Some people were murmuring. Where is the money? How? Of course,  my mother was born into a Muslim family but we sleep in church several times during the struggles so we are automatically Christians. While on the sick bed, she still attend Church Service.
So, please call me Mama Pastor. They called almost 10 Pastors, once they look at Mama’s face. She is not our member. I was mad at everything and it almost turned into riot. someone confronted one of the Pastor. “..#OlnyIfTheDeadCanbeGiving2ndChance#TakecareofyourparentIfyouHaveOne

“You are a bad person. You are always fond of collecting all the money her daughter used to send to Mama. I remember the day this Mama fell down on her way to your Church. I dont know how she sneaked  into the Church because she had stroke”. I was very mad. Someone took me to 3 Churches that night, they all said she can’t be buried in their cemetery because she  is not a member of their church. Hmmm…nigbayen ni mo mon pe aye leeee. We approached one God sent Pastor. He said, okay, he will help out but (…..) and even the coffin seller tripled his money. He brought the coffin around 2am. Mama was buried around 5am in the morning. But it was an Alfa that did the prayer for my mum. I got a call from someone that told me this shocking story. He said, Madam, all these pastors were called to buy land to use as a cemetery, they all refused. Some of the  big churches you see around here don’t have a suitable and good environment to bury their members and the few ones that have cemetery have vowed not to allow anybody except their Church members. He told me many top secrets and I was shocked…my thought was how can we treat ourselves in such a cruel way….religion faaa..Oluwa ma ku suru oo..Then a guy said  if Mama were to be a Muslim, they would have buried her before I arrive. It was that day I realised….that if you have money with no good savings or lands. You are a joker. Where you are buried, is where you will rest for ever. You live in High rise buildings and your grand kids can’t locate your tomb. Its awful….I swear. The so called Muslims were all over me and they stood by me. The 8days prayer was done by Muslims. Right there, one of the Alfa  called me and said to me I heard you are the only child of Mama. Make sure you go to Hajj, talk to God and pray for your mother. Big thanks to Alhaji Dapo and Alhaji Ayegbami that arranged for my 1st trip to Hajj and Alfa Aremon that taught me some Arabic which I use to pray in Hajj and behold to God be the glory am a living witness. I never regret going to Hajj or ..Prt4 loading #ParentOverEvrything#IfTheDeadCanBeGiving2ndChance

I never regret going to Hajj or being identified with Islam but I love my Christian brothers/sisters. Because, they opened their doors for me many times when the hustle was real even till tomorrow. Thanks to everybody that has helped me to be strong. We will all live long in good health to witness success of our kids Insha Allah. Amin. #LifeofaSingleChild#islamislove#IfTheDeadCanBeGiving2ndChance#TakecareofyourparentIfyouHaveOne#politicInRealigionIsEvil

Prt 1….My journey into ISLAM. .. On the 8th of January 2012.  I called my uncle, Baba Lanre…please, come and help me give my mum her food stuffs, drugs and monthly allowance. There will be strike tomorrow. My uncle left. At exactly 12:30 pm that same day, Baba Lanre  called. "Solape, Eganmidogo. Mama ti ku oo". I laughed and end the call. He called back again. "Didn't you hear what I said? Mama ti ku. Infact she had fish in her hand and her mouth. Then I realised what has hit me, I picked my car key and rushed down to where she was. That was the day I realised that if any child decide to be a bad child you will face your shame alone..because where you are suppose to spend money ti o ba ri owo yo that shame can ruin you ….hmmm. But meanwhile, two days before that day. My able Speaker of Lagos State Hon. Mudashir Obasa  was an Honourable Member before he became the Speaker. I use to drop any of my goods  in his office. I don't know if he took out of the goods or not…kokanmi. I know Egbon will pay for the goods. Once I spoil my mouth and say Egbon Mi, patronise me don't let me be jobless. He will just say oya drop it ..atimes I will drop over size palm slippers ..he will say Lizzy this slippers is to big ….I will say Egbon Mi, please give it to your Ward members ??. Hon. called me that faithful Friday.  He said, "Lizzy where are you? Come and collect your money. There will be strike on Monday or do you have any money that will sustain  you during the strike"? I shouted … rara sir o, I am behind your office sir. I spent the whole day hustling up and down somewhere in  Ogun State to sell my WosiWosi. He called  around 11am in the morning . This Egbon waited in his office till 6:30pm. He paid me my money and also gave me….Part 2 Loading….#ParentOverEvrything #TakecareofyourparentIfyouHaveOne

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Pt 2…gave 10k extra. I knelt down and prayed for him and left. It was part of that money I sent to Mama as part of her monthly allowance. So, when they called me that Mama is no more. I rush to were I kept the remaining money and some little change I kept under the bed and pillow, packed everything and rushed down to where she was. On getting there, I met Mama sleeping all by herself. Her whole body has changed. I called her several times,  Mama did not answer. I saw some notes under her pillow. My mother has been taking notes of all the things I’ve been sending to her and how I’ve been taking care of her since when I was young up till that very day. She wrote something at the end of one the notes. "Anytime she die, nobody should take her to the Mortuary." @ iya enny we both saw the note abi and I could remember right from when I was a teenager,  my mother used to tell me that she does not want her dead body to be taking to the Mortuary when she dies. She doesn’t like the Mortuary atall. When I remembered and I realised that strike is starting  the next day,  Walahi I was cold and scared. I immediately stood up and said…..please, is there any nurse to inject Mama? Their response was that, all the nurses have all gone home due to the strike that is going to hold tomorrow. Is there any Mortuary around this area? Ahhh, ani gbogbo won ti losi ile won. Then I realised that baba nla set up le leyi o…..She meant what she said that she doesn’t like Mortuary. I stood up and said to everybody. I will bury my mother tonight. Some people were murmuring. Where is the money? How? Of course,  my mother was born into a Muslim family but we sleep in church several times during the struggles so we are automatically Christians. While on the sick bed, she still attend Church Service. So, please call me Mama Pastor. They called almost 10 Pastors, once they look at Mama’s face. She is not our member. I was mad at everything and it almost turned into riot. someone confronted one of the Pastor. "..#OlnyIfTheDeadCanbeGiving2ndChance #TakecareofyourparentIfyouHaveOne

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Part 3.."You are a bad person. You are always fond of collecting all the money her daughter used to send to Mama. I remember the day this Mama fell down on her way to your Church. I dont know how she sneaked  into the Church because she had stroke". I was very mad. Someone took me to 3 Churches that night, they all said she can’t be buried in their cemetery because she  is not a member of their church. Hmmm…nigbayen ni mo mon pe aye leeee. We approached one God sent Pastor. He said, okay, he will help out but (…..) and even the coffin seller tripled his money. He brought the coffin around 2am. Mama was buried around 5am in the morning. But it was an Alfa that did the prayer for my mum. I got a call from someone that told me this shocking story. He said, Madam, all these pastors were called to buy land to use as a cemetery, they all refused. Some of the  big churches you see around here don’t have a suitable and good environment to bury their members and the few ones that have cemetery have vowed not to allow anybody except their Church members. He told me many top secrets and I was shocked…my thought was how can we treat ourselves in such a cruel way….religion faaa..Oluwa ma ku suru oo..Then a guy said  if Mama were to be a Muslim, they would have buried her before I arrive. It was that day I realised….that if you have money with no good savings or lands. You are a joker. Where you are buried, is where you will rest for ever. You live in High rise buildings and your grand kids can’t locate your tomb. Its awful….I swear. The so called Muslims were all over me and they stood by me. The 8days prayer was done by Muslims. Right there, one of the Alfa  called me and said to me I heard you are the only child of Mama. Make sure you go to Hajj, talk to God and pray for your mother. Big thanks to Alhaji Dapo and Alhaji Ayegbami that arranged for my 1st trip to Hajj and Alfa Aremon that taught me some Arabic which I use to pray in Hajj and behold to God be the glory am a living witness. I never regret going to Hajj or ..Prt4 loading #ParentOverEvrything #IfTheDeadCanBeGiving2ndChance

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16 Comments

  1. NG

    January 11, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    The day Buhari advised Nigerians to learn from our southwestern bros and sis the way of religion of accommodation and tolerance was when it dawned on me truly that superficiality actually has been elevated to high heights in matters of the spiritual with our these our people.

    Imagine celebrating lack of spiritual depth in this form as our lady here is doing?
    Lady, if you tell me with a straight face that man has not disappointed you across both the Christian/Muslim divide, I will call you a liar to your face. Men are not God, they will disappoint. So, you are to look to God.

    Evwry human institution is imperfect. Humans also have duty to work at their perfection or sustained improvement, not jumping ship because of human failings.
    Only conviction about tenets of faith, substance not superficiality, should be reason to change your religious orientation.

  2. Mela

    January 11, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    reading this was very hard….can someone help me pls?

  3. Anonymous

    January 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    That’s how we had to do emergency donations for a church member whose father died. The man had said he must not be put in mortuary. Luckily he had a house to be buried in but the stress to raise funds was much for his first son. Sometimes I don’t think the statement is fair on the kids. Someone was saying it’s only ppl that have stored up money for their burial that should make such demands because running around in a few hours to raise funds is a lot of stress.

    I know I may be archaic but I’m not a fan of cemeteries. If a deceased person has a house he or she should be buried there. My husband thinks I’m mad tho. But for the last one year they have been trying to locate his mum’s grave to no avail. No body seems to remember the exact place. My mum was buried on her land so we have no such issues. I have told him when I die I want to be buried in our house he said never. That it will have to be private cemetery for both of us (By God’s grace the time is still far sha)

    Nigerians need to start cremating because truth is a lot of the cemeteries are filled to capacity and our population is rising every minute.

    As for Liz, if Islam is where she’s found peace so be it.

  4. Believer

    January 11, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    People want to benefit from the church without contributing to it. They criticize Pastors, say nasty things about members , call us fools for contributing to the welfare of the church. But when they want to marry, do baby dedication or bury their loved one, they think they can just throw their weight or money around. Those benefits are for the church members- if an organization decides to keep a cemetery for the benefit of the members, why should an outsider be angry if the church refuses use of its facilities. She is rich enough to buy a burial plot for her mom elsewhere- or even on her private property. Her decision to reject Jesus Christ and choose islam has nothing to do with that. It is her own soul that will bear the consequences

    • Bide

      January 11, 2018 at 6:27 pm

      Bless You!!!

    • Dollyp

      January 11, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      So so true

  5. Miss Anoni Moss

    January 11, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    So what exactly are you saying…. you became a Muslim because some pastors refused to bury your mum the same day she died or because some alfas sponsored you to hajj?

  6. honeymix22...

    January 11, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    But what if these Alfas disappoint you one day, will you then turn to being an idol worshipper or what if you are basing your decision on religion on the actions of some of the pastors. They had a reason for what they did, the cemetery is not big enough and they are reserving it for their members.

  7. larz

    January 11, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Just to confirm, it would seem that you decision to switch to Islam is not spiritual based. Oh well. I guess we all do things for various reasons. I hope you find peace in your chosen path

  8. IBU

    January 11, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    All this lady has known is religion, she was never a practising Christian nor has ever had a genuine relationship with God hence her blaming her switch on others. If she has known the love of God, she would have acted differently. I just want her to know that God loves her and I will pray for her soul.

  9. Dollyp

    January 11, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    For starters was she a member of any church..NO! I’m sure she was just floating. A true Christian will not be spewing rubbish as she just did. She’s putting her trust in man instead of God so if a Muslim person offends her she will run to Hare KIshna. Oniranu alainikanse. The lady is soo full of herself. Someone that should be humble. Iro ni.

  10. Dami

    January 11, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    When people claim why they converted from one religion to another, or why one is better than the other, it is always based on superficial, petty things. I expect an enlightenment and growth journey that gives a better understanding of both religion. Moreso, a personal conviction in connection with God. Your relationship with the true God has nothing to do with others, what churches or mosques do.
    It should between you and God.

  11. Tracy Edward

    January 12, 2018 at 1:28 am

    I feel soooo sorry for your soul.

  12. Tracy Edward

    January 12, 2018 at 1:31 am

    I mean i feel sorry for this woman who change her religion, so sorry for her, may God Almighty help her to find the truth before it is tooooooo late. God bless Nigeria in Christ Jesus Amen

  13. Lola

    January 12, 2018 at 9:57 am

    To me, it doesn’t make any difference if an ‘unbelieving christian’ decides to change to another. It’s actually the same – the soul needs to be saved, sanctified and consistently kept in the Vine.

  14. Phil

    January 12, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    “we sleep in church several times during the struggles so we are automatically Christians” . Sorry ma, sleeping in a church doesn’t make you a Christian. Also, there’s no such thing as automatic Christian. Selah.

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