Panam Percy Paul (full name Bakulipanam Percy Paul Mokungah) was born in 1958, . He hails from Adamawa State but grew up in Jos, Plateau State, where he still resides.
When Panam started his musical career as a student in the 1970s, his father, a Major in the Nigerian Army, disowned him for choosing to be a singer.
“My father looked at me and said I have gone mad, because I left everything only to sing,” Panam said at a 2019 Minister’s Conference in Abuja.
“My father said to me, don’t come back home no more. My father even struck out my name from his will and said to me ‘you are no longer my son.’ It was a time of pain, a time of grief and a time of gloom.”
But after 19 years, when Panam became famous, the father finally acknowledged him.
Panam said: “One day, the elders of my people sat down in a meeting in the city of Yola, Adamawa State Nigeria. And one elder stood up and said, my name is Retired General so so and so, another elder stood up and introduced himself that his name was Retired Air Vice Marshal so so and so.
“But when it got to the turn of my father, he stood up and said, ‘how do I introduce myself to you?
“And he asked the elders, how many of you know the man called Dr. Panam Percy Paul? And they all raised their hands. And my father for the first time in 19 years proudly said, ‘he is my son.’”
Since his debut album in 1976, Panam has released 14 gospel music albums, which include the popular Bring Down Your Glory Series (Volumes 1-5).
He is regarded as one of the best Gospel music recording artists in Nigeria. He is married to Tina. Together, they have four children and 16 grandchildren.