Below is a transcript of a video released by Frank Edwards, a gospel artist loved by many and hated surprisingly by many too. Make your judgment at the end of the story.
My life is a story book of God’s manifestation. I'm a product of my worship. It is not by singing , it's by grace. I'm living in a house I didn’t pay one Naira for. Do you know what it means for somebody to finish building a house and give it to you. You know, and sometimes, every time I come out of my house I look around I ask myself, how old are you? Because it's not by singing so I feel like it's time to let people know the reason behind the glory they celebrate. My first album, THE DEFINITION,when that album came out, you know, LOVE WORLD RECORDS helped me to produce that album and the first night, we sold a hundred thousand copies at NIGHT OF BLAZE. Now, that was a lot of money. And then I was still climbing bike and we didn't know it was going to sell that much. Then we had another program, Night of Blaze. It was all sold and they called me. They said we made money from your CD. We would like to give you one million. “Ehn?” I thought, one million? That's a lot! So I called my mum. God bless my mother. My mom took me to church every day of my life. Scripture Union, SU, yeah. And she said, you know, it is your firs t fruit. Leave it for them. One million Naira! And she said that she is telling me to leave it for them, she didn't have N1. I mean my mum I we hawked together in Enugu. I will hawk this direction, she will hawk that direction. So she could have thought that this is a breakthrough . 1 million Naira, what! And she said I should leave it for them that it's my first fruit. Well I didn't have a choice but to obey her. I told them. I don't want. Are you sure I said I don't want. Maybe from the next one. Do you know what God did? Now they took me to South Africa to shoot my first video. They said ok, since you don't want money; Let's make a video for you. While we were shooting, we met some people. They said 'Are you the Frank Edwards? We love your music. We didn't even know you're Nigerian and bla bla bla bla. But you know your music needs to circulate, go to everywhere in the world but here is what you are gonna do. You gonna remove Jesus and use God. It sounds the same and nobody will know because people that the name Jesus offend need to be your fans too. So by the time you use God, they won't find it offensive so we will be able to circulate your music and when I saw the offer, I thought Jesus , God? Ahhh! The same time. It's no much difference. You know nobody will know. You know God spoke to me and said, see, if you do this, you will not last and if you don't, whatever they promise you, I will double it for you. So again, I let it go. I let the offer go. I mean. My then manager thought I made a mistake. You know managers always want more money. He thought I made a mistake but I made my decision. So I let it go. I came back and then God began to do his thing. I released my second album ANGELS ON THE RUNWAY. Someone from nowhere said ‘someone is trying to reach you there. She's been looking for you’. In fact when she started looking for me, she sent all her staff, if you don't find Frank Edwards, don't come to work. They came to my church, spoke to some of my pastors and my pastor called me and said, someone is looking for you.They gave her my number and she called me and then she said, “I have been listening to your music and you know, as I listened, God keeps pushing me to do something for you. Do you want to come and see me in my office, I know you are big. I said me, big? Send the address first. (Laughter) she called all her staff members, took pictures with me and she said, nothing, I just want to bless you. I just want to bless you like God placed in my heart and then she gave me an envelope. I said thank you. It looked big. It was on my way home that I opened the envelope. I opened it and called her. I said, ma, the envelope you gave me, she said what? I said look what is inside. She said eh, that's for you now. And besides anytime you want to do anything, the bill is on me. Okay, now I have $10, 000. I didn't do anything for you. I didn't sing, nothing. I said thank you. I went home; I removed my tithe and my seed. That's very important as well. Then the upper week, they say, someone is looking for you. They gave the person my number. I've played your music. And it blessed me so much and God placed it in my heart to bless you. Can you come to my house? I went there. The same story. You know God does not make empty promise and He knows how to cause the chain reaction you know,.. Then the upper week, this other woman where do you live, I said I live in “Allen”, I mean by then I already have a good home and I am very comfortable. She said but Ikeja is noisy, how do you create your music in that noisy environment. She said would you like to move to Victoria garden city. And then you know the first thing I did was to calculate how much a plot of land in VGC (Victoria Garden City) that is even if you find. So, when I made the calculation I said uhm , I do love to but now I have things … other things I'm working on that I need to do with money, so this Is not… and she said, ok when will you like to move. So, I said I will work on it. You know, I was thinking I will pay for it and the next thing , I saw trucks in my house, trucks and they said, what will you like to take out of this house and what will you like to leave here, so as I talk to you, I didn't lose the other place, I have the two. They said what will you like to take out here, I said, I'll take, if you want me to move I'll take everything. He said no! Just the things you need because the other place is already furnished. When I mean furnished, ask my manager he knows my house. I live like a king and that was what God promised me and I kept my own part of the deal. I did not disobey.