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Born and groomed in a devout Muslim family in Oke Olu-Okun compound in Oke-Odo Ibadan, Oyo State, Deaconess Peace Olanike Adeleke. In this interview with REGINA OTOKPA, she speaks on her music ministry, and her new album, ‘Ark of God’. Excerpts:
What is your take on gospel music in Nigeria?
If I am to talk about gospel music in Nigeria, I will say ‘God have mercy’, although I don’t like to criticise people, but out there, we still have some people that God called in the spirit and the truth, we can see them, making waves, we have a lot of them. The gospel singers of nowadays, many are putting ‘this and that’ with it, but even then, if everything is being done in the way of the Lord, no one will complain. I don’t want to criticise, but I will advise to do all things rightly.
Does one need to be led by God before moving in to Gospel music?
Bible made us to understand that except my Father calls, if God did not call you and you just put yourself into it, you might see something funny at the end of the day.
It is just like a pastor, who says God called him, and God did not call him, what do you see at the end of such pastor? Destruction! Gospel music is like a pastoral calling, because you are not ministering to yourself, but to the people. So, I wouldn’t see a situation why God did not call you, and you will put yourself in. Even though you don’t have a call and you desire to work for God, there are many ways you can go about it. There are a lot of things you can do to prepare yourself spiritually.
How did you start your music career?
I am from a very strong Muslim background (born and brought up in a Muslim way), and as a child, I write and sing a lot, everyone in the family always think it was an hobby for me to sing, we never knew it’s going to be a career.
When I grew up, I was hearing a voice, saying; ‘sing for me’, ‘sing for me’. I stay with my sister and she moved me into Christianity. I told her different revelations, which I cannot understand myself. So, I will tell my sister, and any time she shared those revelations with her pastor(s), they always tell her that this your youngest sister is having a call, but she doesn’t know how to go about it, why not draw her so close to God.
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