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If not for fame, my plan was to have a wife, two children –Sir Shina Peters

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. For the veteran singer , Sir Shina Peters , who has children from different women , the aspect of his life relating to the size of his family did not go as he had planned .

In an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats, the singer said that all his life , his plan was to have one wife and two children but everything changed when he was in the spotlight.

“ When I think about the fact that I am happily married, it is like a miracle because before now , whenever I finished a show , I would have about 250 women waiting for me . 

The question people should ask me is that out of all the women that swarmed around me, how did I choose a wife? I would say I was destined to be with my wife .

 It is not by our making; it was just destiny .

“ If not because of my profession , my plan was to have only one wife and two children.

 But the temptation that comes with this business is too much .

 I always look at things from the spiritual aspect; do you know how many handkerchiefs women have used to rub my face?

“ Do you know how many strange eyebrow pencils they have drawn and used to wink at me ?

 Do you know how many boobs they have shown me while performing? All these things matter . But I thank God for my life . 

The only thing that I have never indulged in is smoking , regardless the substance . 

Now I am the head of choir, Cherubim and Seraphim ( Church ); I am closer to God more than ever , ” he said .

The singer noted that his marriage had its ups and downs . He identified one of the low points in his life as when his wife was diagnosed with cancer . 

According to the singer , that was the most emotional time of his life and only his faith in God made him survive the ordeal.

He said , “ When my wife took ill , it was like the end of the world for me , but God showed his might . 

That is one aspect of my life that makes me very emotional . The incident made me see the world like it truly is. 

It made me realise that all these material things are nothing. At a point , my wife asked me to call the lawyers because she wanted to prepare her will but I told her that she was not going anywhere .

“ When it was time for me to pay , the doctors that were taking care of her abroad told me that I was wasting my money ; they told me that my wife was more or less a waste . 

I had to shout at them to take my card and withdraw the money from my account before they could listen to me.

 That night , I knew that she was going to survive the illness; that was faith .

“ I believed that my God would not let everything that I had worked for in my life end like that .

 I learnt a lot about faith during the time my wife was ill because I had to be strong .

 When everything seems like it is not working , be prepared because God is coming up with something positive.

 During that period , I could not play for about four months until I saw that my wife was getting better .

“ I had to go back to work because I needed to pay the bills . How much do I have ? If the likes of Chief M. K. O . Abiola and Ibrahim Babangidas ’ wives could die all these people that could afford to buy another life for their wives – if it was possible ( for their wives to die ) , then who am I ? It was just the grace of God and the faith that I had.

“ The doctors told me that the whole procedure would take about 10 years , but I told them that they were not God . 

I replied them that at most , she would spend only three years and to God be the glory, she left the hospital three years later .

 Now she only goes for medical checkup. ”


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