Edna Chichi Njoku Frenchwood is a local singer, dancer, writer, actor and standup whose work has been featured in films such as “The Strangers Game” and printed in acclaimed books such as “Tear the Veil!” Vol. 1-1. In 2011, the entrepreneur also started her own film company, Chichimovies — and that’s just some of what her assorted resume comprises. Of course, all of these accomplishments are connected to her favorite thing. Here’s what she had to say:
My Favorite thing is my Bible. I got this one from my sister in 2007, during the Redeemed Christian Church of God’s Annual convention in Dallas. I love to read it early in the morning and late at night. It’s a personal investment that allows me to clear my head with knowledge gifted from above.
Growing up, we usually had bible reading every night. I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, in the early ’80s. My mother insisted on Bible readings. What I remember the most about those night prayers was the singing. We sang at least five songs in praise and worship. We never prayed until we worshiped. I want to credit some of my singing skills, if not all, to that praise and worship time. I would usually sing soprano, alto and tenor. Looking back, I guess I’d actually attribute most of my successes to reading and studying the bible. It is quite clear the wisdom I’ve attained from studying has helped me enjoy all the talents that I love.
As for today, during this pandemic, I have been reading the book of Ecclesiastes. Chapter three reminds us that there is a time for everything. Which relates to this #stayhome time. It also helps us understand that a time will come when we can go out again and be more sociable with one another.
Through all of this, the bible gives me peace in the midst of chaos. It assures my spirit that we’re all loved and there is a purpose for our existence — we just have to allow the spirit to lead and guide us through his word.
(This interview was edited and condensed by Rich Tupica. If you have a suggestion for Favorite Things, email email@example.com.)