Controversial gospel musician Alex Apoko known by his stage name Ringtone has once again made a sensational claim that he is Kenya’s richest gospel artiste.
At the same time, the singer has claimed that younger gospel artistes like Willy Paul and Bahati have made no wealth.
“I do not sing to eat. No, God has blessed me abundantly with business ventures that support my living standards and for that reason, I can tell off anyone without fear or favour because I have my own money,” brags Ringtone as quoted by The Nairobian.
“Maybe you don’t know it, but I am probably the richest gospel artiste in Kenya. Some of these small boys you see misbehaving in the name of the Lord are on their way to making music. They have made no wealth whereas, I have made both music and wealth,” boasts the musician.
On why he always tells off gospel music DJs and the likes of Willy Paul, Rufftone, Bahati and every other artiste whom he has previously been involved in a verbal or written spat with, Ringtone compares himself to Jesus Christ, whom he says once walked into a temple with a cane to discipline people who were abusing the place of worship.
He advises the ‘small boys’ to start walking in the path of the Lord if they want to be wealthy and live in posh estates like Runda or Karen.
“I made my money by working for the Lord with honour and humility. That is what I keep telling Willy Paul; that the day they will start walking on the path of the Lord by first ceasing to sing music that is on the fence (sic), the day they will be born of God, that is the day you will hear that Bahati owns a house in Runda and Willy Paul owns a mansion in Karen,” says Ringtone.
“As long as they keep the current trend, they will come across as big names in the local gospel industry, but continue living along Mombasa Road and Eastlands, ‘sijui huko ni wapi!’
I am praying for these boys to fall in Jesus’ name! Some of them may need not only to change their ways of living, but even their names because of public perception,” he adds.
Additional Reporting by The Nairobian.