Simisola Kosoko, better known by her stage name Simi, is a celebrated singer from Nigeria. Simi has disclosed that as a gospel performer, she used to receive performance fees of as little as N5,000–10,000.
She claimed that N70,000 was the biggest pay she has ever received.
The singer of “Duduke” said this while participating in the Official Naija Top 10 broadcast on MTV Base Africa.
She said, “I actually used to go to a lot of churches to perform. They will pay me like N5k, N10k. Do you know the highest amount of money I actually collected when I was doing gospel [music]? N70,000. And I felt like I had arrived. I still paid a 10 per cent tithe from the money.”
She claimed that she eventually stopped singing since her earnings from gospel music weren’t sufficient to cover studio fees and promotions.
Simi claimed that she signed with a record company she now regrets signing for due of a lack of funds.
The mother of one said she later switched to secular music because of the challenges she encountered in the gospel music industry.