Nigerian gospel singer Osinachi Kalu’s hit song, Way Maker, topped the United States list of Top 100 songs for both Christian airplay and church worship during the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic.
And as American Christians joined Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota, the song came in handy as they marched for racial justice while calling out to God as a “way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper and light in the darkness”.
Ranked by Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI), the song released in December 2015 is the first in the chart’s history to hit the top 10 twice at the same time. In April, the song also claimed two of the top 10 slots on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs when Michael W. Smith and the band Leeland both released popular renditions.
In May, the artist, who is more popularly known as Sinach, became the first African gospel singer to rise to the top of the Billboard Christian Songwriters chart.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, the songwriter and Pentecostal worship leader has been an international gospel sensation for years, leading worship at Christ Embassy in Lagos headed by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, and taking her music on tour around the world.
According to VinePulse, an urban Christian website, her original music video for Way Maker has been viewed more than 151 million times. The song has been translated into 50 languages and Sinach recently wrote that it has become “a theme song sung in many languages to bring hope and faith to many in distress during the Covid-19 pandemic”.
Sinach, 47, is also known globally for other gospel hits, including I Know Who I Am, Great Are You Lord and Rejoice.
In an interview with the Daily Nation when she first visited Kenya in 2016, Sinach said she composed the songs based on sermons she hears from her pastor.
“My job is to produce quality music that is inspired by the Holy Spirit,” she said in the interview.
The singer is married to Pastor Joseph Egbu and welcomed their first child, a son, last year.