Gospel singer Tope Alabi speaks on her music career and her relationship with her husband
Tope Alabi, also known as Ore ti o common and as Agbo Jesu, is a Nigerian gospel singer, film music composer and actress. She was born on 27 October 1970 in Lagos State, Nigeria. The top gospel singer, who is holding another edition of her annual concert, Praise the Almighty, today, said she didn’t always wait for her husband, Soji, to apologise first whenever they had issues. She stated, “Whenever there are issues, it is either I apologise first or my husband does.”
I apologise more than him because I don’t want little things to become huge. But if he realises that he needs to apologise first, he doesn’t hesitate to do that. We don’t even sleep without settling our differences, and I am being honest about this. God called me to work for Him and He has made me to have a good home also. I cannot do anything by myself alone.” She also stated she still cooked for her husband. “I work with my husband; so, it makes things easier for me. We are always together.”
“When we need to be at home, I cook and he enjoys my cooking. No doubt, I am a very busy person and he is too,” she said. The Yes and Amen singer added that winning more souls for God and establishing a music school are things that are high on her priority list. “I really want to have a music school where I can impart unto younger ones the gift God gave me. I know things will get better for the gospel music industry as God is not done with us,” she said.
Admitting that singing in her local dialect had put some limitations on her music, Alabi said it was God’s gift to her and she could do nothing about it. She stated, “I want to gain more grounds for God. I have been trying to adjust because some people don’t understand Yoruba. Also, you know my Yoruba language is deep. But I cannot stop singing in my dialect because that is the gift God gave me. Most of my songs are subtitled for others to understand.” Ministers expected at Alabi’s concert include Mike Abdul, Bukola Bekes, Erujeje and Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, among others.
Alabi was formerly a member of the Jesters International comedy group. She later worked with other popular travelling and stage theater groups in both Ibadan and Lagos. She made films in the Yoruba film genre of Nigeria. Alabi later metamorphosed into gospel music after she became a born-again Christian. To date, Tope Alabi has eleven albums: Oore Ti O Common, Certificate, Agbara Olorun and Agbara Re Ni, Kokoro Igbala, Angeli mi, Mori’Yanu, Agbelebu, Alagbara, Oruko TunTun, Compilation of Soundtracks from the Archive of Tope Alabi.
She also has some Live Performance Releases from the “Praise the Almighty Concert” organised yearly including Praise the Almighty Concert Live Video CD 2014, Praise the Almighty Concert Audio and Video CD 2016 and the live video of the Welcome and Award Event that was titled Amazing Grace. She studied at Oba Akinyele Memorial High School, Bashorun Anlugbua, Ibadan in the year 1986 where she obtained her West Africa School Certificate (WASC).
She then proceeded to The Polythecnic , Ibadan where she studied Mass Communication and graduated in the year 1990. She is the daughter to Pa Joseph Akinyele Obayomi and Madam Agnes Kehinde Obayomi. She is the only female of the three children born to her parents.
According to a report by Nigerian Films, the artiste who is married to her manager, Soji Alabi, had a child before entering the union which produced three children.
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Sources: LNS247, informationcradle.com