Nigerian Movie Actress embraces Islam

Nigerain Movie Star Lizzy Anjorin embraces IslamJNN 6 Nov 2013 Abuja : Jolting millions of her fans, Nigerian screen diva Lizzy Anjorin has officially Embraced Islam, a religion she told had always been her favorite from childhood but which she could not practice in deference to her father who was a Christian. “I have always been a Muslim at heart right from childhood. My mother was a Muslim and I have always dreamt of one day practicing Islam,” she told in a telephone interview. “That day has come and here I am. Alihamdulillah.” Lizzy Anjorin, a lone child of her parents, is a top-rated award-winning movie artist and producer in the booming Nigerian movie industry – The Nollywood – where she maintains a record of being one of the most enterprising actresses around. Finding Islam, Lizzy appeared in photos donning hijab and announced that she has taken the name Aisha as her official Islamic name. Yet, the movie star said she continues to use the name Lizzy Anjorin to feature in movies. She was until her conversion Elizabeth, her Christian baptism name. Her conversion to Islam jolted millions of her fans and the entertainment industry but the delectable actress said she turned to Islam as part of her life’s dream. Speaking on her conversion, Lizzy told “Everything came the way it did. It came so sudden though I always expected it.” But many Muslims have also urged the movie star to consider changing her lifestyle to suit the code of conducts prescribed by her new religion, Islam. Lizzy is not the first Nigerian to hit headlines with news about her decision to embrace Islam. Last July, the decision of Charity Uzoechina, a 25-year-old daughter of a pastor, to convert to Islam has attracted nationwide debate between Nigeria’s umbrella Christian and Muslim groups. The conversion of Charity, the daughter of Pastor Raymond Uzoechina of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has stirred a controversy in Nigeria’s mainly Christian South-eastern. It also raised questions about freedom of religion in the volatile tribal region.

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