"Growing up, I was very timid and shy, and I always had the fear of failure. I was quite tall and very slim at that time, and unlike other girls couldn’t fit into my clothes right like I wanted. I was also the darkest of all my siblings so people always thought I was my mum's sister which I didn't find funny. This took its toll on my self-esteem. Looking back now, I realize I didn't love myself and constantly had to do right to make God love me" - Phidelia
I am Ogonna Fidelia (Nkem) Uyi, a singer/songwriter, Actress, wife and mother, the first of four siblings born into the family of Chief (Engr) & Mrs F.N Nwokedi. I was born in Enugu state and I hail from Nnewi north LGA, Anambra state. I had a normal childhood from a middle-class family and we were Catholics. We moved around during my early childhood due to my dad's job as a civil engineer but finally settled in Benin City, Edo state. I had part of my primary education at Ebenezer nursery/primary school, the first half of my secondary education at Igbinedion Education centre and the 2nd half at Word of Faith group of schools. I graduated from the University of Benin with a B.sc in Microbiology.
I was a bright child, always got good grades and brought up in a godly way but I always felt there was more to God.
At a young age, my mum called me and my siblings and spoke to us about Jesus and we prayed the salvation prayer but I remember given my life to Christ over and over after that. At that time, the message of heaven and hell was everywhere and most of what I did was out of fear of hell rather than the perfection of love. In secondary school, I joined the Agape force fellowship under the church of God mission and then I started having a closer walk with God. I was also part of the choir and started improving my skills in singing and songwriting. One of the great influences I had was my grandfather (maternal). He loved God and was always studying and speaking the word. He prayed for me to receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost during the holidays I spent with him after secondary school. From then on, I had to learn to walk in understanding.
I joined the Christian Fellowship International at the University and was part of the choir, ministering in songs, and growing.
My salvation story has been a gradual transformation as I come into the knowledge of who I am in Christ... I found myself losing the fear and the timidity and getting to love myself more. It’s been great getting to know the Lord as I journey through life.
And for as many who have felt unworthy and not good enough... there is so much more to you than you think. Open your eyes and look into the Word, you will find Jesus, you will find YOU. God bless!
Watch “Hello” By Phidelia: https://youtu.be/tQVLRqby9vI
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