It’s a now a common theme for a top Yoruba actress to convert from Christianity to Islam. The latest Nollywood movie star to have joined this trend is Lola Alao.
On July 22, 2016 the popular actress announced her conversion into Islam. “Salaam alykun to all my wonderful friends and fans, May almighty Allah grant u all your heart desires. i just want everyone to know that i was born in to a Muslim home my late father’s name is Lasisi Alao, so i reverted back to my root through Alhaji Yusuf Adepoju (Acadip) May almighty Allah bless him and all my wonderful friends and fans…. Ťhanks love you all.. Rohdiat Omolola Alao Ajibola.”
Lola Alao whose first marriage crashed in 2008 joins other many Yoruba actresses who are now muslims. You can read about them below;
1) Bukky Ajayi
The late actress who was born a Christian converted into Islam in the 80s. She went ahead to give herself a new name Zainab. Till her death she was a staunch Muslim.
2) Moji Olaiya
In 2014 Moji Olaiya who is the daughter of Nigerian music legendVictor Olaiya and was raised as a Christian became a Muslim. She declared that Islam is a religion of peace and revealed that she wasn’t pressurized by any man to change her religion.
3) Liz DaSilva
Three years ago this popular actress converted to Islam a few weeks after the birth of her child. She changed her name to Aishat Olaoye during an Islamic name changing ceremony known as Wonka. Liz DaSilva became a Muslim because the father of her child is also a Muslim. His name is Alhaji Olaoyepopularly known as MC Oluomo.
4) Lizzy Anjorin
2013 seems to be the magic year for conversion among Yoruba actresses. Lizzy Anjorin switched from Christianity to Islam after the death of her father and adopted the name Aisha. “It happened in a miraculous way which I have been expecting for long, not that I woke up yesterday and decided to change my religion. By birth, I was half Muslim and half Christian.
“My father was Christian while my mum was Muslim. Growing up I went to church because of my father. I didn’t have a choice at the time but I have always had interest in Islam so immediately my father died I switched over to my mum’s religion” she told City People.