Ivory Coast: these showbiz and sports personalities converted to Christianity

Claire Bahi, Dié Serge Tiéhi Joel, Stuntman Venom… discover these 8 Ivorian showbiz and sports celebrities who left their star lives to become priests and devote themselves to the work of God.

Artists, footballers, former members of the patriotic galaxy for some, they have now chosen to convert to Christianity and serve God.

Tiéhi Joël, the footballer ordained as a priest

Since September 24, 2022, Tiéhi Joël, the former Ivorian international soccer player, has been ordained as a priest in Le Havre in the Normandy region. It was under the supervision of Pastor Hélène Kacou, the wife of the late man of God, Kacou Sévérin.

The former Ivory Coast Elephants striker did not go alone in this new mission. Joël is accompanied by his wife, also an ordained missionary priest. Leading the Ivory Coast attack, Tiéhi Joël, holder of a UEFA A coaching diploma, won the first African Cup of Nations (CAN) in 1992 in Dakar, Senegal. The ex-footballer was one of the leaders of the former galaxy of young patriots in the hot hours of the crisis that shook Côte d’Ivoire from 2022 to 2011.

Claire Bahi (August 2022), Consecration to God after coupé-décalé

Claire Kehoua Bailly, known by the stage name Claire Bahi, is now a pastor-evangelist. The former first lady in the Coupé decal gets a makeover by giving her life to God. After his baptism, this artist who was once close to DJ Arafat was ordained as a servant of God on Saturday, August 20, 2022 in the municipality of Yopougon, specifically in the charismatic house of the 2nd glory in the millionaire district. Only a week after this initiation, Claire Bahi was already very active in the field, making the faithful vibrate with anointing.

Fire Dezy champion, modern zouglou icon

Désiré Claver Guinon known by the stage name ”Dezy Champion” became a priest a few months before his death. But it was above all his musical career that made him famous in the late 1990s. It was in prison that the young singer experienced a real conversion thanks to the advice and support of an evangelical priest. After his release from prison in 2003, he produced a series of albums in which he became the “messenger of the good news” and called his fans to repentance. He is also training to become a priest on behalf of the evangelical mission “The Royal Army”. He died of an illness on the night of March 30, 2018. He was 40 years old.

Dié Serge since August 5, 2022

The former Ivorian international Dié Serge is also today a man of God. However, he had hesitated for a long time between two passions that he particularly cherishes: rugby and football, which he played. Finally, Serge Aristide Mhinseia Dié ends up choosing the priestly service under the name priest Dié. Its total conversion was done on August 5, 2022.

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The stuntman married, his voice in the service of God

In March 2022, showbiz fans were surprised by the decision of the artist Venom le Cascadeur, who announced on his official Facebook page his final retirement from the coupé décalé. Koffi Olivier, whose real name is, now intends to put his musical talent at the service of evangelization, but not as a priest.

“It’s a decision I’ve had to make ever since. This is the best decision for me today and I’m very happy to announce it to you,” wrote Venom the Stuntman.

Touré Zeguen ordained in Ghana

Touré Moussa Zéguen, a founding member of the Patriotic Galaxy close to former President Laurent Gbagbo, met God in exile in Ghana. He had sought refuge in this country like many Ivorians following the 20210-2011 post-election crisis in Côte d’Ivoire.

Between 2015 and 2016, Touré Moussa, alias “Zéguen”, head of the Group of Patriots for Peace (GPP), returned to peace and began evangelizing.

Kley Saleh, from music to church and then to music

The former Ivorian singer Kley Saley also made a detour in the circle of God’s men, as pastor and cantor for the Eternal. More than 10 years after leaving the music scene to devote himself to the church, Kley Saley plans to return to the urban music that had exposed him to the public. In a television show, the writer of the song ”Kley Saley Don’t Care” indicates that he did not perceive anything while serving God.

Tristan Sahi

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