Celebrated Tanzanian Moyo Machine singer Benard Michael Paul Mnyang'anga alias Ben Pol has converted to Islam. Making the announcement via his Instagram account, the 30-year-old Dar es Salaam bred star revealed that he made the conversion on Friday, October 23, 2020.
The singer’s Instagram Stories posts feature his declaration of conversion – undersigned by Sheikh Issa Othman Issa, and include photos of him flanked by two male witnesses after the recitation of the Shahadah; as well as moments of him observing prayer at Masjid Ma’moor.
“Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim,” posted the singer who will now go by Behnam Paul Mnyang'anga.
News joyously received by fellow entertainers and fans who took to the comments section with congratulatory messages. In his post to the convert, Wasafi Classic Baby (WCB) founder Diamond Platnumz wrote, “MashaAllah”. Baade hitmaker Ommy Dimpoz on his part added, “Mabrook Mabrook.” While Muheza Parliamentary seat hopeful and rapper Mwan FA shared, “Mashallah. Alhamdulillah”.
The singer now becomes the latest celebrity in town to convert after Kenya’s Tanasha Donna who five months ago embraced Islam.
“First iftar with Tanasha. Mungu amuongoze na akubali saum zake na wote walio funga leo. Ameen. Her name is Aisha. Let’s support her in her new journey,” posted award-winning KTN presenter Jamal Gaddafi as he confirmed the former NRG presenter turned singer’s conversion.
Months earlier, Tecra Muigai, the sister to Ben Pol’s wife, Anerlisa Muigai, had also converted before her death in Lamu. This is according to Mohamed Ali Mohamed, the cousin to Omar Lali – Tecra’s lover. “We accepted his new wife after he introduced her to us,” said Mohamed.