Biographical Information, Wealth, Date of Birth, and Ministry for Minister Buchi Atuonwu Bwai
Minister Buchi Bwai, a gospel artist with a special talent for gospel reggae music, was born on June 24. He is a novelist, producer, and composer.
Buchi, whose parents are from Abia State and who was born in Kaduna, Nigeria, received his early schooling in Enugu before moving on to Methodist College in Uzuakoli and Federal Government College in Enugu. He moved to Lagos in 1983 to study English language and literary studies at the University of Lagos, graduating with a BA in 1986 and an MA in 1988. The following year, he accepted a position as a lecturer at the same university alongside a PhD program. Buchi worked at the English Department until 1994, when he left to follow a higher calling to spread the good news of Jesus by writing and singing in the reggae genre.
While in the university, his casual involvement in black activism through reggae club became intense after listening to Oliver Thambo and the officials of ANC (African National Congress) from South Africa, during the club’s exhibition on “Apartheid in South Africa” Again, having studied the black activist literature of Dennis Bruts, Professor Wole Soyinka, Muta Baruka and the likes, his preoccupation with reggae music as an “outcry against oppression” became deeper.
Little wonder he also became involved in one of the campus confraternities which at the time prided themselves as anti oppression movements. This preoccupation with reggae music took a new turn when his friend Ras Kimono invited him to join the team of deejays on the Floating Bukka – a reggae nightclub situated on a docked vessel on the Marina , Lagos Island.
Eric Donaldson, Joseph Hills, Burning Spear, and Frankie Paul are among Buchi’s major musical inspirations. In 1992, Buchi committed his life to following Jesus Christ at Christ Embassy Church. He then transitioned from the ministry’s nightclub chorus to its choir, where he has remained ever since. Initially released in 1999 (These Days), the second record was released in 2002 (So Beautiful), and the third record was released in 2005 (What a Life).
Four children and a wife named Jane have performed acts of ministry at church events, including the sold-out outreaches of Reinhard Bonnke. multiple award winners, including the 1999 Faith, POMP, and TOMA Awards for Best Artiste, Reggae Artist, and Gospel Album of the Year, respectively. In addition, she received the prestigious AMEN Award for Best in Gospel Category.
Buchi Atuonwu Bwai, popularly known as Buchi, is a Nigerian reggae gospel artist who started his music career as a disc jockey in night clubs.
Although he hails from Ikwuano, Abia State, Minister Buchi was born on the 24 June 1963 in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
Singer, Songwriter, Reggae Artist, Poet
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Buchi is part of Christ Embassy’s LoveWorld Music and Arts Ministry.
Almost his entire life has been spent in Lagos.
Buchi began his academic career at the Federal Government College and Methodist College in Enugu. In 1983, he was accepted to the University of Lagos to pursue a degree in English and literary studies. He received his BA and MA at graduation in 1986 and 1988, respectively. At the conclusion of his program, he accepted a position at the institution to lecture and direct a PhD program. Buchi worked at the university’s Department of English up until 1994, when he began producing reggae music and authoring reggae songs.
Buchi has published two books and eight studio CDs. These are the audio albums:
1999 – These Days
2002 – So Beatutiful
2005 – What A Life
2008 – Sounds Of Life
2011 – Judah
2014 – I See
2017 – Red, Gold & Green
2020 – 11:59
Books by Minister Buchi
1. Cease Fire
Buchi Atuonwu is a gospel reggae legend who once combined his singing career with a lecturing job.
Starting out in 1984, He has been in music for over 35 years,
He began playing music in 1984 and has been doing so for more than 35 years.
He received some informal training before starting his musical career. Additionally, he had not yet become a Christian at the time. He claimed that he had practiced playing reggae music while already playing it. As a result, when he converted to Christianity, I was required to sing, and I had already had enough exposure to reggae music. I worked as a DJ in the floating club “Floating Buka” in Victoria Island, Marina, Lagos.
Then, I used to play with Ras Kimono who was a DJ there too at that time. In fact, it was he ( Ras Kimono) who invited me over to come and play there with him. That was precisely between 1987 and 1988. Then, I was a postgraduate student at University of Lagos. Thereafter, I went for my doctorate degree in English Language in the same institution. I was also teaching in the Department.
At the time, I wasn’t paid for my DJ duties. It originated from passion. I was doing it because reggae music was so dear to my heart.
The informal training I was referring to was my time spent working as a DJ at that reggae bar. At the time, I was not a born-again Christian. And in my perspective, until you are born again, you are not a Christian.
Gospel music chose me; I didn’t pick it. Reggae chose me, not the other way around. When I was young, reggae chose me. I was drawn to it deeply and started to listen to reggae music. I had a wonderful romance with reggae music as a child and listened mostly to Jamaican music, and that shaped my sense of music. When Terracotta, Ras Kimono and Majek were making their album and I was a DJ in the club, I had already fallen in love with reggae music.
So, as you can see, reggae chose me very early. And then as I said, gospel chose me in the sense that Jesus found me and put a message in my mouth. My style of music is not gospel, there is no type of music called gospel. Gospel is the message of the music. But in terms of style, you can have reggae, pop, rock R n B among others. In terms of message, you can use your medium or style to speak of whatever you believe. I believe in gospel, so my message is strictly gospel. That’s how the combination came about.
Most reggae artistes we know in Nigeria speak Patois. Would you say that is one of the criteria for being a reggae musician?
Reggae music cannot be completely divorced from its culture since it is a culture with a language, a history, and a style all its own. You can’t completely separate the sound from the culture that surrounds it. Because of this, most reggae musicians speak patois. Reggae originated in Africa and developed in the Caribbean. As a result, the language of reggae music was accompanied by Jamaican and Caribbean patois.
You may see that you are unable to completely escape the language. I made every effort to do that because I felt the need to convey to my audience the significance of my message, which is why I have reduced the usage of such language. It has a style. Most reggae artistes wear dreadlocks but I don’t wear dreadlocks – even when I was much younger.
What would you say has been the biggest challenge you have ever had while on stage?
I’ve told this tale about being asked to leave the stage in front of the public countless times because it was a crusade. The organizers of the Christian crusade started to complain when I started playing my music, asking, “Who brought this person to this stage?” They then urged me to leave the stage, but everyone was dancing to my music. They appeared to be listening to the beat rather than my music. They were observing my dance moves; their attention was on the body rather than the words.
Are you the sort to wear a cap?
I’m a man with a cap. It’s something I really enjoy doing. I really enjoy how it makes me feel. Without the cap, I feel exposed. I enjoy doing it, and it helps me get in touch with the people I want to influence. What happens to the common man on the street matters to me more than what happens to the powerful people in society.
I dress so they can freely interact with me without feeling threatened since I believe I am the guy. I don’t want to change my appearance to gain their trust. I want to present myself to them in a way that makes me accessible and approachable.
Was music on your mind while growing up?
Yes, music was on my mind but being a musician was certainly not on my mind. I recalled that my greatest moments were the times I enjoyed this romance with music, when I would sit alone and sing to myself. I didn’t sing to entertain people. I only sang for myself most often as a child.
Were you a smoker before now and how were you able to overcome the habit?
I don’t want to give you a cheap headline. But what I know is that, to stop any habit is very difficult especially when you allow that habit to eat deep into you. The easiest way to leave a habit is to receive Christ. I walked clean away from smoking. The last time I smoked was on 30th of December 1992. I never smoked again since then.
Aside music, what else do you do for a living?
I type. I just released a novel called “Ceasefire.” Because I was a part of it, the book is a tale of campus cultism. It narrates the story without naming any names, but it teaches you all there is to know about college cults. I authored the book with the goal of exposing the system, not of outing any specific individuals. The biggest tragedy with cults is that neither the members nor the initiates fully comprehend what the system means or what its repercussions are.
Before they understand the nature of the conflict, people find themselves in the trenches. I also released a book of poems and song lyrics called “Behind the Songs,” which is an anthology. It also tells the inspiration behind the songs. Something inspired me to sing “It is Well” and other soul-lifting songs.
How many albums do you have so far?
I have about five audio albums and two video albums. My sixth album is due to be released soon. I just came out of the studio last month. It is titled, “Over the years”. It’s a collection of songs that I have released and re-worked for today’s audience. There are some songs I have released some 15 to 20 years ago and I know they are evergreen. So, I need to do something on them because, some of them, I didn’t express myself the way I had wanted to. I need to rework them.
Songs and Music Releases by Minister Buchi
1. Yes Lord
His daughter Olachi earned a magnificent First Class in Mass Communications (Advertising) when she graduated from Babcock University in 2020 with a First Class! The gospel singer wrote, “Praise the Lord!!!
Buchi What A Life! Album Released in 2005
What A Life
What A Thing
Buchi Red Gold and Green Album Released in 2017
A Song For Caro
Beyond Words (Kololo)
It’s Still Legal
N di Niile
Red Gold and Green
Sing Unto The Lord
Buchi So Beautiful Album Released in 2015
It Is Well
It Is Well (Yard Version)
Lo I Am With You
Make Him Smile Again
Buchi Judah Album Released in 2011
Brand New Man
Created To Praise
God Alone (Acapella)
Here I Lay
Number One (Version)
We Lift Your Name
Buchi Sound Of Life Album Released in 2011
I Know His Name
Let Them Come
Made Like God
Smell Of Praise
Sound Of Life
Thanks and Praises
The Land Is Good
Three In One
Buchi 11:59 PM Album Released in 2020
11 59 Pm
Bia Nu Le
His Mercy II
More and More
Seven Women To One Man
Buchi I See Album Released in 2014
His Name Is Holy
It Is Possible
Buchi These Days Album (2021)
Born Again (2021)
Jesus Must Be Honoured (2021)
No Other God (2021)
Preach The Gospel (2021)
Three In One
What A Mighty God