It’s Okay


I used to think it was better to bottle up my feelings, because it was the best way of dealing.

Curled up in my bed staring at the ceiling, instead of letting go and let my wounds get healing.

I was told if i hid my pain it will be for my own gain but all it did was drain me.

Then i came to a realization that I am God’s creation. He said i will have tribulation but it’ll be for a little duration.

Because he overcame the world i am free from condemnation. So i will no longer restrain these feelings but rather release and feel peace.

It’s okay to cry I’m human not super human so if that’s what i must do to move on and smile I would and accept it as my new Lifestyle.

 

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My Past, My Present.

  i’m over it, not anymore, I’m better now those words have become too familiar because I’ve said them too many times trying to convince myself i was delivered.


Tears I’ve wept those same reasons have crept like all i did was neglect when truly they never left. It feels like my suppressed truth won’t let me be who i want to be, won’t let me grow the way i want to, won’t let me experience true happiness the way I’ve always pictured it because all I feel is on the surface not from within.


I keep striking out when I know i am the one who needs healing. Somehow my past have intertwined with my future leaving me feeling like i need to be sutured. I feel like i am broken in a thousand pieces needing some adhesive.


Might sound just a little redundant but I know that one physician who is there for me in abundance even though half the time I feel like i have been abandoned.


This might seem a bit random but who says the things from the past never comes back to haunt you?

What is coming is better than what is gone!!!

I wrote this piece when I was feeling a little down and needed some encouragement. My pastor always says sometimes you have got to encourage yourself and not wait for people to encourage you.

So, if you are feeling down, or lost, or feel like there is no getting better from whatever situation you are in at the moment, remember what is coming is better than what is gone. Happy reading.

  Good things happen to bad people while good people are stuck being crippled.
They struggle and cross huddles to understand the puzzle of why they are stuck in  this battle. People say encouraging words to help ease the unease.

They say it will get better but what if better is never? They say have a little faith but what if faith is an eternity of wait? Then they say trust in God and all of a sudden it was like they had pushed the right  button.

 God is the all sufficient and is ever efficient. Let’s take job for example he is just the  perfect sample. Just because you are going through ordeals doesn’t mean God isn’t real. You just need to  kneel before him and believe he will heal your grieve.

The devil is nothing but a thief, the king of all mischief.
But let me tell you God is king over all kings.
So sing, for what is coming is better than what is gone.

Challenges of A Christian Teenager

   When you hear teenager you probably think rebellious, rude, obnoxious, etc because that’s how they get at that age right?  Do you ever think of why they get that way? Teenagers face a lot when they get to a certain age. They feel different emotions, have experience at school, with friends, etc. They  keep all of that inside and find other ways to get it out.

    Despite the fact that teens have that “I don’t need you” attitude, parents shouldn’t just assume they’re alright. They should spend quality one on one time with their kids from time to time because teens are constantly looking for a secure ground to stand, and if parents don’t act as their “anchor”they will find it some where else.

     As a teenager, there are things your parent talk to you about vs things you find out from the internet. There are things you would rather find out from friends who don’t know jack but think they do, rather than your parents. Now this might sound ridiculous, but there is a difference between being a teenager and being a teenager in a christian home.

         I grew up thinking when a boy touches me, i’d get pregnant (thanks to my aunt Bose). Waking up early hours of the morning for prayers (which i absolutely hated but appreciate now lol), and not allowed to have male friends because my dad will have a fit. I love my dad to death, but he was too damn strict!

      Now I have these feelings i don’t understand for a boy but I cannot talk to my parents about it because they are, permit me to say “too spiritual” I mean how do I even go about it?  i don’t even have male friends! This was one of my experience growing up and being a teenager.

  Imagine this day and age! There is more than just feelings for a boy. I mean things you find on the internet! There is pornography, peer pressure, substance abuse, you name it. How do they deal with all of these? Wanting to be part of the “cool kids” so they don’t eat lunch alone, vulnerable to so much peer pressure. Parents not wanting to have the “sex talk” and expect their teenagers wont have questions,  that’s some fairy tale right there.

       As a christian teenager, a lot is expected from you. You sorta know right from wrong, but you are expected to make all the right decisions, not get in trouble, have good grades, read the bible, have the best company  of friends, etc.

      My advice/thought to parents with teenagers is listen to them. When they are acting up they are actually trying to say something. Don’t start quoting the bible just have a normal conversation, make them feel comfortable to talk to you, be less judgmental with your comments but at the same time guide them through the right path make them know they can come to you rather than the internet or that know it all friend.

  The bible states in Proverbs 22:6 , Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. That same bible says in Colossians 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

    I am not a parent, but i was once a teenager and as a teenager all I wanted was to be able to talk to my parent, share my thoughts, allow them explain things that made me curious, not being scared but feeling like I could talk to them about anything because most of the time that was what I wanted.

    I don’t want it to look like I am starting to rant so I will stop here. Drop your comments and thoughts below Ciao!

 

Let’s Talk About Underrated Gospel Artist!!!

Growing up, I listened to the likes of Sammie Okposo, Keffee, TY Bello, Panam Percy Paul, Ayefele and Tope Alabi. Yes, Tope Alabi! Tope Alabi is one of the underrated powerful gospel artists. Not only does she have a unique style, she also has an angelic voice that literally pierces through your soul.

 

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Tope Alabi also known as Ore ti o common, and as Agbo Jesu was born on the 27th October 1970 in Lagos State, Nigeria to Pa Joseph Akinyele Obayomi and Madam Agnes Kehinde Obayomi. She is the only daughter out of the three children in the family. she hails from Yewa, Imeko of Ogun State. Tope Alabi pursued her educational attainment with seriousness and dedication as it deserved. Between 1982 to 1984 during her secondary school days, her interest in music and drama led her to join the then “Jesters International” (Jacob, Papilolo & Aderupoko) group at Ibadan, where she got her initial training and experience in drama. She worked with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Ibadan as a correspondent under the supervision of Mr. Yanju Adegbite, between 1990 & 1991. She also worked with Center-spread Advertising Limited, Ilupeju area of Lagos in the year 1991 – 1992. After having various work experiences, Patricia Temitope Alabi came back into the theatre Art profession as she joined the prestigious “Alade Aromire Theater group” in 1994. There, she was able to distinguish herself as a gifted and talented actress and singer.

I was visiting a friend the other day and she raised the topic of how underrated Tope Alabi was and at first, I was like that is not true! turns out, it is kind of true. You hear a lot about artist such as Nathaniel Bassey, Tim Godfrey, etc. being invited to come and minister in churches but not very often do you hear of Tope Alabi being invited to a church program.

Did you know Tope Alabi has composed over 300 soundtracks for Yoruba films? Or that she has over 11 albums and 32 singles that will take you to another level of worship? (at least I think so). All her song I believe are hits back to back! Her latest album is titled Yes and Amen, and contains 12 tracks. It is definitely one you must listen to.

One of the things I like most about Tope Alabi’s song is her ability to put a story in a song.  Not just any story, but one with actual life lessons. Yes, she sings in Yoruba, but we all have that Yoruba friend that can interpret for us. Also, she incorporates English as well.

Although Underrated, she is one you should listen to while driving home, eating, having a chill day or even a stressful one!

If you all are as curious as I am you must be wondering why she is not getting the recognition she is clearly deserves. Could it be because of her unique style? Could it be because social media have a specific standard for promoting artist and think she doesn’t meet that standard? Or could it be because she doesn’t conform to rules society have made when it comes to the music industry?

These are questions I want you all to think about and also open your mind to accepting “different” not just in the music industry but even beyond.

  What are your thoughts on this? Drop your comments below! 

 

 

How Preye Odede’s Forthcoming Single “Idinma” Is Causing A Buzz Before Release

 

 

Preye Odede is set for the release of the much talked about single “Idinma” (You are Good).

For about a week, the “Oshimiri Atata” singer’s social media has been buzzing with fans from all over the world translating “Idinma” which means “You are Good” in various languages.

Friends and fans from Zambia, Portugal, Senegal, Congo, Ghana, Cameroon and more have all taken turns to translate “Idinma” to their languages, hence, the song has been trending even before its official release.

On Instagram,  @rita_riri87 from Zambia translated “Idinma as “Wali wama.”

“Deus es Bom,” said @jackie_kassan from Porto, Portugal.

“Oza malamu,” translated @priscamwinja in the Bantu language of the Northern parts of Congo.

Preye Odede also shared a snippet of the song on his social media. He didn’t leave many hints but from what is gathered, the song is a worship song laced with a steady rhythmic Eastern High Life groove.

“May only God goodness be your testimony this November and beyond. Welcome to your month of goodness. Idinma is almost here,” Preye said.

The song was produced by Paulpiano.

Listen to Snippet below:

 

 

The Untold Chronicle Behind Preye Odede’s Wave-Making Single “Oshimiri Atata”

 

The ministry of Preye Odede will always remain distinct and cannot be replicated. You have some artiste that only come ones in a generation. The likes of Whitney Houston, Nath King Cole, Michael Jackson, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Sinach, Joepraize to name a few… and of course, there is Preye Odede!

Specially anointed for such a time as this, God’s out-poured life embodied in a humble vessel that contrasts the magnitude of gift and anointing that is contained therein, Preye Odede combines aesthetics with anointing and the results are life transforming songs that have left their indelible marks in the sands of this generation, spiraling into undeniable testimonies, ricocheting all over the world!

When Preye Odede put out his debut album “My Script” in 2012, “Ebezina” stood out and infiltrated the core of Gospel Music till date. Speaking with Cool FM OAP, Jibike in 2014, he said he wrote “Ebezina” in the “middle of serious hardship. At a point where we were thrown out of our house and rendered homeless… in 2009.”

“Bulie” was a follow up on the success of “Ebezina”. The video has garnered over 2 million views on Youtube – Preye’s channel alone. He featured a remix of the single in his 2017 sophomore album titled “Ready” and collaborated with UK based Ghanaian Gospel artiste, the critically acclaimed Sonnie Badu of “Baba” fame.

“I Am Real” shot by video director Patrick Elis in the USA presented Preye Odede in new light in terms of his brand. As the distinctive nature of his ministry attained zenith height, it couldn’t be business as usual… literally. Preye’s releases, presentations, PR strategies and overall outlook took a new turn as well!

He announced his sophomore album with the rapturous worship/supplication song with the title “Oshimiri Atata (River that never Runs Dry)”. The song which critics have said, rivals the effort of “Ebezina”, although there are similarities speckled all through both songs, received wide acceptance within and outside the country, so much that when the “Ready” album finally dropped, it’s still one of the songs that stood out. He recently ministered the single in COZA, Abuja at Voltage Warship with Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo and the atmosphere was electric! Pastor Fatoyinbo described the ministration as “an amazing time of worship!” 

Taking a look at the transformation Preye Odede’s life and ministry has experienced – before and after the debut album “My Script”.  The amazing grace that came to his rescue did not transform his life and left him at the point but he has gone from grace to grace ever since. One will agree that the only appropriate outburst is “Oshimiri Atata (River that never Runs Dry).”

Talking about the journey so far and the future expectations, Preye Odede said:

“I don’t look like my past because of God’s grace and mercy … At times when you are down and weary, draw strength from God, who is the fountain that never runs dry and with that river ever flowing, I am certain that God is set to supersede the present and do endless wonders in your life.”

Watch “Oshimiri Atata,” the video below:

 

How Gospel Music Singer Busola Oyedokun Defied Lupus & It’s Many Crises To Deliver First Single

 

It’s challenging enough to go through the whole production process of getting a song out but when the artiste defies life threatening health challenges to put out a message through the channel of music, then one must admit that there must be some divine agenda behind such message.

This is the case for Gospel music artiste and music director Busola Oyedokun who recently released her debut single “Na You Baba” despite her battle with Lupus Nephritis. The mother of 3 in her late thirties said it took her 5 years to finalize work on the song due to many medical issues that sprung up during the process but her will was stronger than any challenge thrown at her.

Busola is full of life and spirit, save for few tell-tale signs, you can hardly tell what was going on with her health. She revealed the details of how she overcame every obstacle to release the single “Na You Baba”.

Busola Oyedokun is a wife, mother of three wonderful children, a song writer, a voice over and gospel artiste. She is also a personal assistant to the convener of YesLord Outreach. As a voice over artiste, she has worked with BBC, African Radio Drama and has done several radio jingles. She is the music director at Eagles Height Church choir. She studied English Literature during her tertiary education.

Her health challenges started in 2013, the same year she started her recording of the song “Na You Baba” but had to suspend the recording because she was diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis.

“Na You Baba” was first recorded in 2013,” Busola said. “That was the year I was diagnosed with Lupus. The work was thereafter abandoned because Lupus came with lots of drama. Even my brother-in-law who took the work upon himself, traveled out and everyone somehow forgot all about the song. There had been several attempt at getting the song out but it just wasn’t working.”

Busola said the producer who recorded the work – Blaqjerzee – suddenly called her in 2017 saying he was going through his system and deleting old works when he came across the song from 2013 in his archive. He said he would have deleted the song but felt there was something about the song that made him sure it was not supposed to be on his system but out there. He got in touch with Busola’s brother-in-law who had been coordinating the work before the health issues started, and that was how work began on the project again.

But between the production process and the release of the work, Busola faced 2 heart wrenching shock. First she was to be placed on dialysis as the Lupus had affected her kidney, then she had issues with her heart. Despite all, Busola found the strength and with cannulas in her legs, due to dialysis, she completed the recording of “Na You Baba”.

Busola said she had great energy around her which formed part of her positive outlook in the face of the challenges. Her husband, Christopher I.A Oyedokun, her Pastor Mrs Yeside Stephen, Also her doctor  Professor Femi Adelowo, all formed important factor in her positive outlook amidst all the health issues she is battling with.

She hopes to have an album and a documentary out before the end of the year.

“This is out now but I cannot afford to rest. I have a target that by December – before my 40th birthday, I must have a complete album, ready to launch. Also a book and a documentary. We are trying to work on a documentary concerning this Lupus issue. It’s titled “Shades of Lupus”. You will get to learn about my story and other people’s story as well,” She said.

Listen & Download “Na You Baba” by Busola Oyedokun

 

 

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Easy Steps On How To Build Your First 1,000 Loyal Fans – Kulqee

Facts With Kulqee: Easy Steps on How to Build Your First 1,000 Loyal Fans

 

The aim of every entertainer is to build a cultic or loyal fan base. It is the number of fans an entertainer has that determines his/her pays. Thus, calculating the sales made by an entertainer is equivalent to his/her fan base. With this said, building a loyal fan base is key. By saying a loyal fan base, I mean; fans that are dedicated to you and your contents and appreciates every work of yours. It is one to have a fan, it is another to retain the fan and make them loyal to you.

The entertainment industry is getting crowded (even though there is still space to accommodate many), thus it takes a lot of creativity, strategy, consistency, uniqueness, and dedication to make an impact in the industry. Selling yourself is the bottom-line so it requires a lot of energy to sell a unique product to the market, as you will need to appeal to the market, get them to accept your product or compete with the trend hoping to break in. Either way, these simple steps will help you cultivate at least 1,000 loyal fans when effectively utilized.

 

1. ADVERTISE YOURSELF.

Every entertainer is an ambassador of his brand. He or she represents all his or her brand is about, guess this is why people tend to despise your contents when they hate you. Mind you when I say do not let people hate you, I mean when they hate on you for messing up or pride etc. If they hate you for jealousy or sth never mind, they more your haters like the one EFE has, the more you get sustained. As everyone is going to be criticizing you and thus make you the talk of the town. This generates more fans and boosts the confidence of your already existing fans

Therefore, you need to properly portray your brand. Be active on the scene when events are happening. Do it in a way you will not look desperate or lame but rather noticed. Just being noticed may not seem like a breakthrough but, the more you’re seen, the more people will begin to wonder who you are – leading to conversations and questions that will draw them close to your craft and bi-products.

Eventually, building relationships with people, playing the “good guy game” and getting their attention. This is what happens when good companies try to advertise their products; they don’t ask people to check out their products, they GIVE THEM REASONS TO HAVE THEIR PRODUCTS. Give then reasons to support you. Nobody will support your hustle if there is nothing exceptional about your personality. Do you know people are doing you a favor being your fan? Therefore, you have to give them reasons to render such favor. Every fan you have (or will have) is making an investment in you. They are investing time, money, energy and their reputation- and it’s your job to make them feel it is a good investment. In other words, be LOYAL to your fans…

2. PACKAGE YOURSELF

You have to package yourself in a way the market won’t have a choice than to buy your product. It has been an established fact that nobody fans poverty. Therefore, appealing to pity will only ruin things. You might end up getting their pity and help for a while to help your broke life but once you have the funds; they will be like “we’re done saving your ass”. So you definitely need to package yourself and APPEAR RICH or WELL TO DO as you mustn’t be in a real sense.

Consistently pushing your image and brand by dishing out QUALITY bi-products, HD photos, Video Clips, Interview sessions, will definitely help. You obviously need to keep stepping up. Many Nigerians despise Nigerian Television Association NTA because they’ve refused to change their jingles, video quality, and studio appearance. This being said, you need to show your investors (fans) that you are progressing and their investment is actually yielding results.

Most people don’t follow artists because they love their songs but cos they like their imagery which is their fashion sense, crazy dope pictures etc….The difference between sachet water and bottle water is packaging. More respect to offering to the later because of packaging. So in building your first 1,000 fan base, playing with imagery and packaging is vital

 

3. EXPORT YOURSELF

You cannot be an Ajah artiste for years. It is obviously a crime to keep being an Enugu artiste or whatever town or location you are. Leverage, connect and collaborate. Think expansion always. Being stagnant and roaming around a box or a locale in no distant time will make even your very first fans i.e family and friends see you as a joke. The entertainment industry is built on a blockchain called relationship. Connecting is key. Learn to offer a heart before asking for a hand. Do not go to people asking for help, rather seek for what services you can offer. Now when I say connection, I necessary don’t mean worshiping the rich guys and trampling on the average guys. Anybody can be rich in the next second. A single hook can blow up someone. They cannot link you up if you weren’t nice. So you got to be nice. People are fanning your person. Building your first 1,000 fans requires you to push out yourself in the good sense. You might not have the funds to collaborate but relating and leveraging properly can do a lot for you.

Please note, these steps will only replicate the above results if your product, which is your talent and personality, is marketable. That is to say, you need to work on yourself to maximize these steps.

 

Article Written By Onyema Courage @iam_kulqee On Twitter/Instagram

#MEMO TO ARTISTE BY UNACHI SUNDAY [FRESHBOII]

Dear Artiste,

Happy new year. From my corner I want to sincerely wish you a good music year.

 

As usual it will be of interest to share my thoughts as we usher in a new year in all its enthusiasm. What plans do you have to further put your music out there?

 

To start with, every year comes with its trend. Unfortunately no artiste has the monopoly of the industry. Churches go for who is popular at the time and so it beckons on you to work hard, build a solid team, sign up with companies that can make you achieve a milestone in this new year.

 

Go beyond the social media noise to making tangible impact.

 

Let’s take snapshot back, in the year that just ended most gospel artistes became motivational speakers instead of cooking good music. Instead of researching and working on personal development, many waited for what song will trend and the copy-cat follows. It doesn’t end here, dependence on one producer who produced a hit to produce you will box you into a corner. This does not mean you should not work with such persons, but while doing so be yourself because the trend will only be to replicate what has been done in a slightly different way.

 

Have a check on your actual performance online, downloads, purchases and interactions. Viability is not just the number of likes, how many people bought your song or downloaded for free, how many real fans are you are able to gather? Beyond the church do you have enough crowd to host a sold out show?

 

Moving on, while working with anyone, please don’t be greedy. It’s the team’s responsibility for you all to make money and when it happens to become the boss overnight.

 

In this new year many artistes will emerge with great sound and massive acceptability, if the old sit tight without re-inventing they will fizzle out. Your market value drops as new acts emerge. 

 

In this year, don’t just work towards an album, host events, tour and grow your followership across board. Seize all opportunities to build a lasting brand. For every song you release build new innovative ways to promote and push to the next level.

 

It’s a new year, it’s not just about doing new things, it’s about self-discovery, new method of doing things, building teams, and creating content that will last. It’s a time to build synergy and grow. Don’t wait to loose market value before you wake up. Raise new talents and re-invent yourself.

 

As you embark on this journey, it will be rough and sweet, it will cost you money and time. Find a means to fund your music until it starts paying off.  Don’t box yourself into a location, get your content out you don’t know who is waiting just to hear your song in another location and that could be your starting point to stardom.

 

In 2018 on a personal note, I’d like to see more unity amongst gospel folks, not just copying and secretly not being in support of the progress of one another . It’s time to move forward not just alone but with everyone in the mini-dustry. Finally, pay for services those offering the service have bills to take care. Take your brand serious and grow it.

 

Unachi Sunday (Freshboii) is music blogger, radio show host and lead partner at 7Pro Media Communications a music distribution, artiste management, promotion, product development and event management company based in Abuja Nigeria.  Ff on twitter/IG @iamfreshboii @iamfreshboii_  #DearARTISTE series on FB. Email: sunnyunachi@gmail.com