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Meet Lilian Dinma, Nigerian-born gospel artiste making waves overseas

By Guardian Nigeria
15 January 2023   |   2:33 pm
As it is said, "class is permanent, and form is temporal." Such is the imposing sonorous voice of one of Nigeria's highly anointed gospel minister, Okoro Lilian Chidinma, popularly known as Lilian Dinma. A talented gospel singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and fashion guru. Lilian Dinma understood her assignment from childhood and, from her secondary school days,…

Lilian Dinma is a Nigerian-born gospel musician.

As it is said, “class is permanent, and form is temporal.” Such is the imposing sonorous voice of one of Nigeria’s highly anointed gospel minister, Okoro Lilian Chidinma, popularly known as Lilian Dinma.

A talented gospel singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and fashion guru. Lilian Dinma understood her assignment from childhood and, from her secondary school days, she began to manifest the gift of God in her life. As a teenager in high school, she joined a group known as “Kingdom Dance”, and subsequently the church choir.

Born to parents who hail from Imo State about 40 years ago as the fifth child, Okoro Lilian Chidinma was raised in Port Harcourt, South-south Nigeria

The gifted gospel singer grew up with the inclination of becoming a minister through songs, while dancing and singing were her hobbies. Apart from that, she also demonstrated extraordinary gifted hands in how she appeared, to the admiration of many, till today. That hugely formed an identity for her, becoming a part of her profile as a fashionista.

Education and knowledge occupy a critical place for Lilian Dinma. She attended the River State Polytechnic, Bori, where she bagged an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Business Administration and Management. Her love for language propelled her to pursue a diploma in Spanish, after which she completed her education in Fashion and Style, and a certification in Hospitality in far away South American country, Argentina. Her knack for language is unparallel, as she is currently studying the Danish language.

Though she had launched into music from her secondary school, it was not until 2005, when she hit the scene with her debut single, “Almighty God”. The track became viewers’ choice on NTA, AIT, RSTv and Silver Bird Television, and it was the beginning of a blossoming gospel music career. The impact of the single album motivated her to release singles titled: “I will go with you” and “Jesus Na You Biko”, the next year.

The success of the singles motivated Lilian Dinma, who is currently signed to DSM Records, to release her first gospel album titled: “Almighty God”. To further actualise her plans, she left the shores of Nigeria, which saw her put her music career on hold for a while.

In 2015, Okoro Lilian Chidinma roared back into the scene with a single, “Na You Be the One”. In February of the following year, she dropped another one,
“Believe in God”, and in April of 2016, she blessed her global audience with “Imela”, which she dedicated to her son on his birthday.

Seven months after “Imela”, she
released another wonderful single, “Turn By Turn”, in which she featured popular Nigerian gospel artiste, Tim Godfrey. Despite being far away from home, her light was still shinning, though Europe brought another challenge into her career. Lilian Dinma was invited to perform the Nigerian anthem in Sweden in 2016; one of the highlights of her career.

Okoro Lilian Chidinma continued to express God’s gift upon her life, and she bid the year 2016 farewell and welcomed 2017 with “I Go Survive”, featuring baseline artiste, Skales.

Lilian Dinma has endured undue criticisms in her career, owing to her fashion sense and appearance as a gospel singer. In a recent interview, she countered insinuations people have about her dressing.

“I wish people truly know my stories before am judged because my fashion is not a dirty style or seductive style, no! I dress decently and respectfully, l am one of the females who respect their bodies that is what my parents taught me. Yet people still feel I should dress more like them, I have to sell what gives me daily income. I cover up a lot then if I show them my full body they, will know how beautiful am created but still cover up my body”, she stated.

“I want people to understand that I live in Europe not Nigeria, and my husband is not a Nigerian, our weather is not the same as Nigeria’s. I love God my maker above all things, but fashion is my passion and business. I love fabulous and beautiful things”.

She also debuked rumours that she is no longer a gospel musician.

“I am not going into circular music. Let me tell you, I can’t even write circular song or get inspiration for it. It’s not possible for me to venture into circular music, it’s not my calling and I will not do it. I have use most of my songs to impact live indirectly or directly. ‘No more Pain’, ‘Far away’, ‘I pray for you’, ‘l Go survive’, ‘No easy’, ‘Na you be the one’, are some of my songs that have recorded successes in people’s lives,” asserted Okoro Lilian Chidinma,