Rapper turned pastor Selwyn talks about being unbothered with fame


Rapper Selwyn “Mr Selwyn” Ngwenya, who is now an ordained Apostolic pastor, says he is ordinary man of the cloth.

The transition for Mr Selwyn wasn’t much of a shock because he knew during his rap career he was called for something bigger. He said there are misconceptions out there but he understands where people are coming from.

“They think I’m going to do gospel hip-hop. I’m not a gospel artist, I was never. They think I’m going to come out and be the traditional moruti (pastor). That’s not me. You cant blame them. Pastors are rappers. The misconception is that I’m going to fall into the trap and eat people’s money, use people and all that stuff.”

In his pastoral work, he believes his gift is to bring out people’s purposes.

“Mine is to make people know who they are, I’ve got the gift to make you realise this is who you are, or make you question the way you are living your life. Are you within your destiny, are you getting what you were born to do? Something you do not have control over. This was a divine appointment for you to be here on Earth. I found out that once you get that nothing will defeat you.”

Mr Selwyn is almost 50 and reflected on the fleeting nature of fame and the entertainment industry, saying other things should be more important than fame.

“There is nothing great in being famous. Fme makes you have a low self-esteem because you rely on people’s opinions and when those people’s opinions reject you, you fall and solid in what is it you are here to do. A career as a musician  lasts 10 to 15 years. After that if you do not have purpose your career ends.”

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