I had a very interesting childhood. I am the last child in a family of 10. I have six brothers and three sisters. My elder ones were very protective of me and that made it more interesting. I practically lived my life like a boy; so, people called me a tomboy. I played football and did other things that boys usually do.
My childhood ambition was to become a doctor or a lawyer. But as God would have it, I ended up being a musician. I am happy that I’m using my talent to praise God.
I had my elementary education at St Kizito Catholic Primary School, Iju, Lagos. My postelementary education was at Iju Grammar School, Iju. I then studied Music at the University of Lagos.
I have always been passionate about music. From my childhood, I had been singing in the church choir. While in secondary school, I led the school to win several competitions and that made me very popular.
In 1999, I heard about a music competition called ‘Circle of Stars’, in which I participated and won. Since then, I have taken music professionally. The first song I ever recorded is titled I had wanted to write a love song but it turned out being an inspirational tune which encouraged people that were depressed. However, I was unable to get it played on air.
My parents have always been in support of me doing music, but they didn’t believe that I would end up taking it as a career. I had always made them proud through my days in the choir by winning several competitions and they supported me fully when I decided to take it up professionally.
I have lost count of the number of songs I’ve released but I have three albums and several music videos. The albums are titled, and
I decided to do gospel music after I had an encounter with God. Though I never intended to do secular music, I always tilted towards inspirational music. I am an advocate of peace and I like music that encourages people.
I can collaborate with a secular artiste because the Bible says ‘Go ye into the world’. Secular music is a world on its own and if I want to win more souls for Christ, I have to go into their world. Sometimes, they don’t hear your message because you cannot reach them from where you are. If you want to reach them, you have to go to them.
I am one of the highly privileged people in the industry because I have the support of my husband. Since he was already in the business before me, he helped to take my songs everywhere. And he often told me about the challenges that were ahead; so, I was prepared.
The biggest sacrifice I have ever made is leaving a white collar job for a career in music. I know that the plan of God for my life is to win souls and reach out to people who are lost in the world. It’s beyond being a gospel singer for me as I am into full-time ministry.
Right from when I released my debut album, in 2010, I have had a wonderful career. Prior to releasing it, I had prayed to God that I wanted to put His name on the lips of all men. And God indeed answered my prayers.
I have learnt that humility is the key to getting into people’s hearts. If you want to win a soul for Christ, you have to be acceptable. I have also learnt that you should hold your head high no matter the storm or attack that comes your way. As an ambassador of Christ, be ready for challenges and know that the God that called you will always see you through.
My most recent album, was released not too long ago and it is doing very well. I am very passionate about the album because God has been faithful to me. My first album was a hit and all other ones have been successful. God’s words have always been working for me. He said I will be fruitful and multiply and that has been happening to me. I want people to confess positivity into their lives by singing my songs. I am presently working on the video for some of the songs on the album.
Fame has robbed me of the freedom of walking on the street without looking over my shoulders to see if someone is watching me.
There are times I take my children out but I don’t get to enjoy that time with my family because I also have to attend to fans who have contributed massively to my growth.
My role models are members of the Midnight Crew – Patricia King, Gbenga Oyebola, Odunayo Ojo and Michael Abdul. I have been under their mentorship for a while and they have really helped me in my spiritual life and career. I am so proud to be associated with them.
I have a very wonderful relationship with my label boss, Mike Abdul, because he is like a father to us all at Spaghetti Records. He doesn’t treat us just like artistes signed to his label; he actually mentors us and supports us financially.
I have had a lot of profound experiences with fans. A lady once approached me and asked me to pray for her. When I finished, she used her handkerchief to wipe the sweat off my face and said she wanted to take that with her to tap from the grace God has bestowed on me. I was touched by that and didn’t take it for granted.
I am very emotional and down-to-earth. I always respect people, even those that are younger than me. I am also a very tolerant and prayerful person. Whenever I feel depressed or betrayed, I just go to God and pray for strength; and I always overcome.
Apart from music, I don’t do any other business. I just do music and face my family. I like playing football and dancing. I relax by watching movies. My style is simple but classy.