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“I see Nothing Wrong in a Preacher owning Private Jets”- Gospel Artiste Sola Adedeji

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Pastor Sola Adedeji is a Nigerian-born Gospel singer who is based in the United States of America. Despite being miles away from Nigeria, she has devoted all her life to propagating the word of God through her music. Blessed with a very soothing vocal prowess her songs strike a chord in the heart of anyone who listens to it. In this interview, she addressed some salient issues affecting gospel music and how far she has gone in promoting christ across the world.

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Good afternoon ma, can you tell us about yourself?

 

Good afternoon. My name is Pastor Sola Adedeji. I’m a Nigerian by the grace of God. I am a singer, a gospel artiste, and also I am a minister of the word. Also, I have a non-profit organization that will help people. I’m based in the US. My family and I live there. I love Nigeria and I’ve been around to promote my music to see what God can bring out of it.

 

 Let’s go into details, ma. What motivated you to go into the ministry?

 

Ehm, I’ll say you know sometimes, there’s a purpose God has destined us for. I believe there is a calling upon my life. It’s not something I just woke up one day and I said I want to go into the ministry. When God wants to instill something into your life, you just see that all things you do are things of God. You want to be in His presence. You want to help other people especially with the music ministry. God keeps giving me songs, ideas keep coming. So, I now went before God in prayer and received like my confirmation or conviction that God really wants me to go here and propagate his word around the world. These are what motivated me that gave me that boldness and strength I’m using today.

 

How often do you travel from Nigeria to other African countries and Europe?

 

Thank you. For now, I’ve been going to the African parts of the world like Nigeria, South Africa at least maybe 5 to 6 times a year. I travel on ministerial assignment. I also have a women’s ministry. It is called Women of Virtue International. We have our headquarters in New Jersey whereby we empower women, we motivate them and we do like transformational programmes that will transform their lives for women to discover themselves. How can they know who they are even after getting married, having children? What are the things they can do to be who the Lord destines them to be, so I travel a lot for this programme.

Sola Adedeji

In the humanitarian service, who are the people you assist?

 

With the humanitarian service, we’ve been empowering widows, old people or we call them senior citizens. Even, in the US, I’m the director that facilitates our food pantry whereby we give our food to the community. We give our food, we give our clothes, and we also give out school supplies to the kids. In Nigeria, we’ve been having a lot of empowerment programmes for the youths, the younger ones and also for the elderly. We have a situation that a lot of people that came for the empowerment programs are teachers, and we discovered that can also do something else apart from teaching. So we empower them into even decoration, how to become an MC at programmes, how to make soaps and other things like that.
So we actually have different programmes for different gender of people. For example, men. There was a time we went to the grassroots somewhere in Ibadan, we gather full men who need bikes like okada to be able to support their families. Even though we didn’t buy a whole okada for them but we were able to support them a little bit so that they can hire purchase the okada and continue to pay.

 

Some people say preachers should not own private jets, what’s your take on this?

That’s a tough question. But to me as a servant of God and as a preacher, the first thing we need to think about when God blesses you, is that He wants you to bless others. The people around you, are they comfortable enough before you decided to go and buy a jet? I don’t have any problem honestly speaking if a preacher has a private jet. But with the situation of things going on around the world today, what is the purpose of having a jet when people are suffering around you. The Bible says we should go yee into the world to preach, it doesn’t say if you don’t have a jet you cannot preach the gospel. To me, if God blesses me the first thing I want to do instead of buying a jet is to make sure that the people that God has placed under me are comfortable. So, it’s not about a jet as long as I can get to where I’m going comfortably with other means. We need to help other people. There was an instance I heard on the internet. A well-known preacher said that he was able to acquire 3 jets or whatever during the COVID and was boastful about it. I don’t think that’s good. If you have a jet you should not be boastful about it and you have to make sure that the people around you are comfortable. I think that is the most important thing. Thank you. Did I answer that question?

 (Yes, sure) How do you balance your music ministry with other responsibilities?

 

For a very long time, it has been a little bit difficult. I’m not gonna lie to you because of family, church, raising kids, taking care of things. But, by the grace of God, I just continue to ask God for wisdom and for direction. And what I do is to make sure that my family is okay. I make sure they are comfortable before taking any steps so that I will have to make sure of taking care of my responsibilities. So, first it is my primary responsibility before going out to take care of other people’s problems so I try as much as I can to work things around my family schedule to make sure that we are all in good terms and conditions before embarking on any project.

 

 This should be the last but not the least, do you think your music is unique?

I believe that my music is unique because God has given everybody a unique gift or unique grace. When I’m ministering in songs, the atmosphere changes, the spiritual gift and the presence of God come down. It is not about the singing, but it is about the power that backs up the song. It is about the power of God that is behind that ministration and that is what makes it to be unique and different. And, it’s just the grace of God. The Bible makes us to understand that that the gift of a man maketh room for that man. So, it’s the gift, the power of God, the spiritual gift, the presence of God that comes down and all these changes the atmosphere and that’s what makes it unique I believe.

 

Can you tell me ma, what’s the title of your music coming up soon?

 

It’s called Dawn of New Glory.

How did it come out?

 

Thank you. I’m going to thank God in the life of our mummy, mummy Tope Alabi. Because when we composed the song, it was New Glory but by the inspiration of God when we came into the studio, she was like why don’t you go this way? Why don’t you sing the song this way? So, God used her to change some of the lyrics and that was how we came up with it. Though, we had New Glory before, so it was New Dawn of Glory.

Sola Adedeji

This is the last, how do you think gospel songs can inspire the earth?

Gospel song I believe is not like a secular song. So, as a gospel artiste, I have to continue to ask God for the grace to be unique. So, when you are unique, your song comes from God. So, it is the inspiration you receive from God that will help you to be able to touch the lives of your fans because it is not just singing. It is not just about the song, but it is about the power of God behind your ministration. I believe as gospel artistes, we have to continue to ask God every day for the strength for the enablement that we need because there is no other way to it. The anointing doesn’t come from the East nor from the West but it comes from God Almighty. When the backing of God is with you, then God will begin to move because the most important thing is when your fans listen to your song, and it brings a change in their lives, that’s what make the difference. This is what makes the song to be different from any other song. Unfortunately, things have already changed now because of what is going in the world. But, I believe that when we continue to ask God for divine inspiration, for the Rhema, I believe the fans’ lives will continue to change. That is what matters most

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Okiki Bright Drops New Song “AYE”

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Fast-rising musician, Raji Mutiu, popularly known as Okiki Bright has dropped a new song titled “AYE”, a fantastic song that will educate everyone.

In a press statement made available to Newsmen by his Publicist, Adeyemi Obadimu, it was noted that; he recorded the song out of the need to inform his fans about life in its totality.

The song connotes an apt message that addresses the vanity of life regardless of any wealth we amass for ourselves. “No amount of wealth we gather on earth satisfies our cravings as humans until death comes knocking,” he said.

Okiki Bright has been in the music industry for a while and has worked with several artists. He has also revealed many educative songs that include ibilelemi, chop make I chop to mention a few.

Okiki Bright can be described as a worthy replacement for fuji-icon late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, due to his unique and fantastic tone.

The new song “AYE” was produced by Lahlah entertainment.

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BURNA BOY ELECTRIFIES FIRSTBANK DECEMBERISSAVYBE CAMPAIGN WITH STERLING PERFORMANCE 

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Grammy award winner Burna Boy electrified fans at the FirstBank Decemberissavybe campaign with a sterling performance at the ‘Burna Boy The Live Experience’. The 30-year-old singer expressed how delighted he was to have relocated back to Nigeria at the concert.

The self-claimed ‘African Giant’ performed a catalog of his songs from 2012 to 2021 at the Eko Convention Center Lagos which was filled to the brim with fans.

FirstBank – through its yearly DecemberIssaVybe campaign – unveiled the 2021 calendar of events earlier in December as it reiterates its impact on the arts and entertainment industry. The campaign which started in 2018 has been making waves across the cities in the country and Nigerians.

Speaking on Burna Boy’s concert as one of the events lined up for campaign, the Group Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications, FirstBank, Ms Folake Ani-Mumuney said: “We are delighted to be back with DecemberIssaVybe”.

“Burna Boy’s concert further shows that the 2021 edition is enriched with loads of impactful and celebratory activities as we witness the year-end.

“As a bank woven into the fabric of society, we have ensured that the events are spread across the country and there is an event for everyone, irrespective of age. “We remain committed through resourceful partnerships to nation building; empowering all including the youth to achieve their dreams as these events promote the continued growth of the entertainment industry, unarguably an economic game-changer in the global business landscape, especially a country like ours that is blessed with talents and amazing creative minds,’’ she concluded.

Here are some of the highlights from his performance:

Returning to Nigeria was my best decision

Amid his performance, the Burna Boy proudly told fans that the best decision he has ever made was returning to Nigeria. “Coming back home is the best decision I’ve made.” He took the opportunity to thank his fans for the love shown towards him since his career berthed.

Practise what you preach

The African Giant was reborn when Burna Boy decided to practise what he preaches. For his first outfit of the night, Burna was dressed like a full African royalty. He was decked in a tuxedo adorned with a Gorilla fur design on both arms. And he swayed from left to right as he elegantly showed off the richness of African tradition.

The African Giant

The Nation observed the high point of Burna Boy’s 3-hour long concert was when he showed that truly his aim is to unite Africans in Africa through entertainment. During the show, Burna Boy invited his African collaborators ‘Black Sherif’ and the ‘Yaba Buluku’ singers on stage to perform alongside him. The moment was one of the memorable moments of the night.

And fans got a thank you message

Burna Boy performed so many songs from his classics which saw the fans singing along. After the show, he appreciated his fans for coming through and the love they’ve shown him thus far. Burna Boy returned to Nigeria after leaving the United Kingdom to continue his quest for fame and stardom. His decision paid off after the hit single, ‘Like to party’ kicked off his career in full swing in 2012.

Culled from The Nation

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MOELOGO TALKS TIMELESS SONICS FROM LAGOS TO THE WORLD AS HE COVERS DECEMBER DIGITAL EDITION OF SIMPLE

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British-Nigerian singer/songwriter, Muhammed Animashaun aka Moelogo covers the December Digital Edition of SIMPLE Magazine. The Smooth and magnetic R&B and Afrobeats singer talks about his South London influence, his Lagos heritage and pushing his Timeless Sonics from Lagos to the world.

 

He chats with Tola Adebayo of SIMPLE about his latest extended play project, “ITheEP” which is the third and latest installment of his pronoun-titled EP project, the earlier ones being “Me EP” and “Myself EP”. 

 

Moelogo buzzes about the powerful influence of the new sounds of Africa, which is taking the world by storm and he is poised to be a key propagator of the global sonic domination.

 

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https://bit.ly/moelogo-dec-digital

 

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