How God’s Grace Changed My life- Teddy Esosa Don-Momoh
Multi talented broadcaster, Teddy Esosa Don-Momoh has attributed his multi-career successes to the God factor.
Teddy became popular through his exploits as a presenter on Star 101.5 FM and much later, a family game show sponsored by Telecommunications giant MTN, but today he is also a successful singer, voice-over artiste, content developer, life coach and business owner. Most importantly, Teddy is also born again and an active member of the Believers’ LoveWorld Ministries.
In an exclusive interview with Ecclezzia Online TV’s Seun Awosika at his Magodo-CMD studio in Lagos, the broadcaster popularly known as ‘The Fresh Prince’ talks about his hit track ‘Rababa’, his journey through broadcasting, how he combines his many talents to preach the gospel and what God told him about the 17th of each month in year 2017.
The ‘Rababa’ crooner also revealed what he learnt from his late wife, Singer Kefee; his plans for the future and how being born again changed his life forever. Excerpts;
Ecclezzia: How did you come about the name Fresh Prince?
Teddy: (Laughs) Wow, we have to go back to my days in school-UNAAB. I actually studied Science Lab Tech at the University of Agriculture Abeokuta. I loved Will Smith from his sitcom the Fresh prince of Bel-Air and I had so much of his posters in my room and even outside the building where I lived then so, I was described as the Fresh Prince, although I never knew I was going to be a broadcaster. Eventually when I cam into broadcasting, the name naturally stuck.
Ecclezzia: It has been said in many quarters that it is impossible for celebrity, especially those in the media industry, to also be a Born Again Christian. How true is this statement?
Teddy: This is what I always tell people; life is both physical and spiritual. A lot of times, people view life only by the physical forgetting that even the life itself is something that s not seen. So, I cannot just imagine why people think because you are physically living, you cannot also be spiritually sound.
Even the Bible says that work and faith is equal to success. For me, I feel that my work is what people see and my faith which is my believing in Jesus Christ, is what you don’t see. And I take those two things seriously. It is possible for you to be very social, ‘swaggy’, you know… (shows some attitude)very in town, and yet very spiritual. Even Jesus Christ came to show us some of that; He was like them but when they came closer, they saw that He was different. And He (Christ) is my mentor, the author and the finisher of my Faith.
Ecclezzia: So, what are some of the ways you are using your many talents to preach the gospel?
Teddy: On my radio show, I don’t leave without dropping a nugget. There’s something God has actually told me today and when I go on radio later, as I close the show, I will drop that word to bless someone. Another way is through my music; I am actually using my music to preach particularly to the younger ones and I also feature them in my music a lot. I am using my talents to help humanity and the future generation.
Ecclezzia: Tell us more about your songs
Teddy: Well, I have released about 3 songs right now. The first songs was released at the beginning of this year, 2017. This year, I decided that 17-17 was going to be my slogan. a lot of folks have been asking me what ‘Anticipate 17-17’ means; let me reveal it now. Well, it actually means that every 17 of each month in the year 2017, I would drop something new.
True to that, on January 17 this year, I dropped my first single titled ‘Change My Story’ with popular comedian Akpororo. You can find that on my Youtube channel. Of course, you know the hit song ‘Rababa’ (roll on the floor in gratitude) which is an adoration to God was also dropped on the 17th of another month. I mean after God has changed your story, the next thing is to show gratitude to God, and in that process you rababa to God. And after you rababa, you want to shout to God; and ‘Shout About’ is the title of my new single featuring IllBliss. What next after you shout about? You are going to find out very soon (Both laugh)
Ecclezzia: How would you describe the story of how God brought you from the humble days to the celebrity Teddy that we all know today?
Teddy: I would tag that, from nothing to something and from grass to Grace. I was just a regular guy who loved to talk and someone saw me and said; you have a very nice vice, how about a job on radio? Come over to Lagos! So, I got to Lagos and on my very first week in the city, I made 73K-just like that!? And that was even some 20 years ago. So, later on, I got endorsements on my voice and so on, It was just God, it was just grace. And from there, it went on and on and on, and I am still going higher and higher
Ecclezzia: I know that it has not all been smooth-sailing. There have been really difficult times, especially the passing away of your wife, gospel singer, Kefee. What songs or Bible passages helped you pull through those times?
Teddy: (Sighs) I will like to start from the last one, that is the loss of my wife. It’s like she actually prepared me before she left because I cannot imagine how is it that before she left, she did a song titled ‘Be Strong’ and her explanation was that the song is for people who have lost someone. Then, I didn’t understand that she was telling me ‘Teddy, it’s happening to you soon’. She also dropped one titled ‘Dem Go Talk’
Apart from those two songs, I have listened to lots of foreign and Nigerian gospel songs especially, ‘Be Happy’ by kirk Franklin and ‘God is Good’ by Don Moen
Ecclezzia: Away from that now; what three things have made you stand out?
Teddy: Number one, focus. A focused man is a man that is not distracted, A focused man is blind to distraction. So, stay focused to your dreams. Number two, hard work. And in the process of working hard, I also work smart and number three, the God factor. Learn to pray and also trust God.
Ecclezzia: So Fresh Prince, your final word to young Christians who hope to be celebrated in the broadcast industry someday
Teddy: Young Christians, wow! It is not going to be very easy because lots of people are going to be waiting to see what Jesus is going to do in your life. And you in turn are going to be saying, ‘Jesus I have given my life to you so I want you to do this and that’. I want you to know this, in this life the highest you can live is 120 years and even when you don’t enjoy it, do not worry because there is a place where you are going to enjoy forever. So, do you prefer to enjoy 120 and suffer forever or you want to suffer 120 and enjoy forever?
I Teddy Esosa Don-Momoh prefer to suffer 120 and enjoy forever in Heaven but; you don’t even have to suffer at all on earth if you know the secrets of success as written in the Holy Bible.