Oladipo Olaokunori performing during the launch of his new album in Akure.
By Chris Chimezie
For Juju Gospel enthusiasts, it was a day filled with spectacle and musical excitement as Oladipo Olaokunori, popularly known as ‘Olamojuba’ kept the audience excited with his intriguing performances at the launch of his new album titled “Leseese ni”, meaning gradually.
The Owo, in Ondo State born musician who has been singing for thirteen years, has produced eight albums among which are; Ibukunmi, Ti Oluwa ni, Olamojuba mo ti de among others.
Renowned for his electrifying display of stage energy, vocal power and stage craft, he has been able to create a world of his own in the Nigerian music industry through hardwork, resilience and consistency.
On how he started singing, the tall, light-complexioned musician who described his talent as inborn, revealed that he built on his instinct to sing which started since when he was a teenager.
On what inspires him, Olamojuba revealed that his hunger to preach love, unity and tolerance to make the society conducive for all irrespective of one’s race and above all, his quest to preach God’s words through music spurred him into his musical career.
Commenting on the development of the entertainment industry, he expressed satisfaction about the level of its growth.
According to him “I’m honestly impressed at the level of success and global recognition the industry has achieved so far. It can only get bigger and better with time”
“I think the industry has experienced tremendous growth. Back in those days, we couldn’t boast of international collaborations between our own contemporary artistes and their international counterparts”
“We started from the bottom. But look at where we are today. We are the largest music industry in Africa and certainly, the most exportable. Our development has been nothing short of exponential”
“The industry is doing exceedingly well and that’s an extra motivation for us and I know that in no distant time, we will get to the peak of it and the gospel genre will be at the forefront.
“I want us to be more creative, creativity is going to give us what we are looking for to stand out internationally”, he submitted.
One of the guests who spoke with The Hope Friday Extravaganza Otunba Folawale Olaniyi, described gospel songs as the only message individuals need to live a righteous life and urge Nigerians to shun unholy gatherings.
He enjoined parents to monitor the type of songs their children listen to, type of friends they associate with and feed them with the words of God, such that when they grow, they will not depart from it.
The Businessman who The multiple award winner, however, admonished upcoming artistes, to stay strong, be focused, don’t do drugs, be creative, hardworking and be diligent, above all, don’t neglect or ignore the capital G-O-D. Put him first, He will surely see you through.