Tanzanian RnB singer Bernard Paul Mnyang’anga popularly known as Ben Pol has converted to Islam last week. His new name is Behnam Paul Mnyang’anga.
The news was a shock to many who hadn’t seen his move coming. The closest people had seen of his state of mind was when he left a cryptic message asking for his followers to pray for him back in August.
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He had written, ”I think it’s time to take care of myself and put myself first. If you are trying to reach me at this time, I’m so sorry. I will contact you. I need some cleansing to do. God bless.” he wrote.
Was his conversion the cleansing he needed after the craziness that his marriage was going through? And will it have an adverse effect on the relationship that for all intents and purposes is on its deathbed?
I think it will…A quick backstory.
Before their private wedding in June this year, they had been dating for more than one year and hardly a day passed before they documented their love journey on their social platforms.
Then they got married in a glorious church wedding officiated by a priest. But not long afterward Anerlisa left her followers in confusion after she deleted the photos that she had taken with her Tanzanian husband Ben Pol and unfollowed him on Instagram.
Ben countered by deleting her photos on his Instagram page. However, he still followed her amid rumours of a breakup. (However, I don’t know if he is still following her and I am too unbothered to check that out at the moment).
A few weeks later Anerlisa disclosed that she wasn’t on good terms with Ben after she had received a call from someone asking her if she was aware of what her husband was doing on an Instagram live.
“Somebody called asking if I was aware that “my husband” was live talking things she couldn’t understand, she even sent me screenshots. Unfortunately, I never got to watch but just to make it clear that we are not in good terms. I am a person who likes to protect my image and all I know is that I like being respected and any husband should do that.”
Her message was the only public announcement by the Keroche heiress that things weren’t well on the home front.
All these to say what? Ben’s move shows a man fighting to not only remain independent but show that he is still his own man.
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That the couple got married under the Christian religion less than 6 months ago and then changed to become a Muslim, shows me that their relationship is unsalvageable.
A religious change in a marriage is one of the most important topics in any marriage and should be something done (I think) with the other partner’s agreement.
Where was Anerlisa in his new decision? His new Islamic conversion shows a man who is living life to the beat of his own drum and he ain’t looking back, showing me a man who has nothing to lose. You can’t lose that which is already lost-His marriage…
But I could be wrong and the couple are still as lovey-dovey as they were in the past.