Wednesday, 31 May 2017

See The Background of Nigeria Gospel Musicians/Singers

Bola Are’s Biography
Bola Are (born October 1, 1954) is a Nigerian gospel singer and former President of the Gospel Musicians Association of Nigeria.
She was born on October 1954 at Ekiti-West, a town in Ekiti State, southwestern Nigeria. She had her primary education at Christ Apostolic Church Primary school in her hometown and her secondary education at Christ Apostolic Church Primary School at Efon Alaye in Ekiti State before she proceeded to The Polytechnic, Ibadan where she obtained a diploma certificate in accounting. In 1973, she established Bola & Her Spiritual Singers and her debut album titled Baba Kuse was released on August 1977. In July 1985, she obtained a Doctorate degree in Music at St. John’s University.

Mega 99 Background

Abel Oluwafemi Dosunmu, known as Mega 99, is a Nigerian gospel juju musician and songwriter.
He was born in Oshodi, a metropolitan city in Lagos State, the administrative division of Nigeria. He obtained a Bachelor of science (B. sc) degree in accountancy from Olabisi Onabanjo University. In 1994, he established a musical group called Abel Dosunmu and the Mega 9'9 Band. His debut album titled My mother was released in 1998 and another album titled Prayer was released in 2000 but was famous for his album titled Money which was released in 2004. He later released "Ona Ara" in 2006 followed by "Weep Not" in 2008 and Thanksgiving in 2010. Another album titled Victory at last was released in 2012, Fear Not" in 2013 and Emajo Emayo was released in 2014.


·         My Mother (2008)
·         Prayer (2000)
·         Money (2003)
·         Ona Ara (2006)
·         Weep Not (2008)
·         Thanksgiving (2010)
·         Fear Not (2013)
·         Emajo Emayo (2014)

Ebenezer Obey

Ebenezer Obey  (born 3 April 1942 as Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Obey-Fabiyi in Idogo, Nigeria), nicknamed the "Chief Commander", is a Nigerian jùjú musician.

Obey is of an EgbaYoruba ethnic background. He is of the Owu subgroup of the Egba.
He began his professional career in the mid-1950s after moving to Lagos. After tutelage under Fatai Rolling-Dollar's band, he formed a band called The International Brothers in 1964, playing highlifejùjú fusion. The band later metamorphosed into Inter-Reformers in the early-1970s, with a long list of Juju album hits on the West African Decca musical label.
Obey began experimenting with Yoruba percussion style and expanding on the band by adding more drum kits, guitars and talking drums. Obey's musical strengths lie in weaving intricate Yoruba axioms into dance-floor compositions. As is characteristic of Nigerian Yoruba social-circle music, the Inter-Reformers band excel in praise-singing for rich Nigerian socialites and business tycoons. Obey, however, is also renowned for Christian spiritual themes in his music and has since the early-1990s retired into Nigerian gospel music ministry.
Obey married Juliana Olaide Olufade in 1963. His wife, known as Lady Evangelist Juliana Obey-Fabiyi, died at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital on 23 August 2011, aged 67. They have several children and grand children.

Partial Album

·         1964 Ewa Wo Ohun Ojuri
·         1965 Aiye Gba Jeje b/w Ifelodun*Gari Ti Won b/w Orin Adura
·         1966 Awolowo Babawa Tide b/w Oluwa Niagbara Emi Mi*Palongo b/w Teti Ko Gboro Kan*Oro Miko Lenso b/w Orin Ajinde*Late Justice Olumide Omololu b/w Iyawo Ti Mo Ko Fe
·         1967 Olomi Gbo Temi b/w Maria Odeku*To Keep Nigeria One b/w Awa Sope Odun Titun*Edumare Lon Pese b/w Omo Olomo*Ope Fun Oluwa b/w Paulina
·         1968 Ore Mi E Si Pelepele b/w Ajo Ni Mo wa*Ijebu L'ade b/w Lati Owolabi*Col. Ben Adekunle b/w Ori Bayemi*Lolade Wilkey b/w Adetunji Adeyi*Gbe Bemi Oluwa b/w Olowo Laiye Mo
·         1969 Ode To Nso Eledumare b/w Pegan Pegan*Sanu-olu b/w K'Oluwa So Pade Wa*London Lawa Yi b/w Oro Seniwo*Isokan Nigeria / etc.*Eni Mayo Ayo / etc1969/1970*Emi Yio Gbe Oluwa Ga b/w Ise Teni
·         1970 Lawyer Adewuyi*Ala Taja Bala b/w Ohun Toluwa Ose*Ogun Pari / etc.*In London*On The Town
·         1971 Ija Pari (Part One) b/w Ija Pari (Part Two)*Esa Ma Miliki b/w Awon Alhaji*Face to Face b/w Late Rex Lawson*Oro Nipa Lace b/w Yaro Malaika
·         1972 Late Oba Gbadelo II*Board Members*Vol.4: Aiye Wa A Toro*In London Vol. 3*Odun Keresimesi
·         1973 And His Miliki Sound*The Horse, The Man and His Son*E Je Ka Gbo T'Oluwa*Adeventure of Mr. Music*Mo Tun Gbe De
·         1974 Inter-Reformers A Tunde*Eko Ila*Around the World*Iwalka Ko Pe
·         1975 Mukulu Muke Maa Jo*Ota Mi Dehin Lehin Mi*Alo Mi Alo*Edumare Dari Jiwon
·         1976 Late Great Murtara Murtala Ramat Muhammed*Operation Feed The Nation
·         1977 Eda To Mose Okunkun*Immortal Sings for Travellers*Adam and Eve
·         1978 Igba Owuro Lawa*Oluwa Ni Olusa Aguntan Mi*No Place Be Like My Country Nigeria
·         1979 In the Sixties Vol.1*In the Sixties Vol.2*Igba Laiye*Sky*E Wa Kiye Soro Mi*Omo Mi Gbo Temi
·         1980 Leave Everything to God*Current Affairs*Sound of the Moment*Eyi Yato
·         1981 Joy of Salvation*What God Has Joined Together
·         1982 Celebration*Austerity*Precious Gift
·         1983 Ambition*Singing for the People*Greatest Hits Vol. 3*Je Ka Jo*Thank You (Ose)
·         1984 The Only Condition to Save Nigeria*Solution*Peace1985*Security*My Vision
·         1986 Gbeja Mi Eledumare*Satisfaction*Providence
·         1987 Aimasiko*Immortality*Victory*Patience
·         1988 Determination*Vanity
·         1989 Formula 0-1-0*Get Yer Jujus Out
·         1990 Count Your Blessing*On the Rock
·         1991 Womanhood
·         1993 Good News
·         1994 I Am a Winner*Walking Over (1994 ?)
·         1995 The Legend
·         1999 Millennial Blessings
·         2000 Promised Land
·         2002 Ase Oluwa

Kunle Ajayi

Kunle Ajayi (June 16, 1964) is a Nigerian gospel singer, songwriter, saxophonist, televangelist and Director of Music at the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
He was born on June 1964 in Mushin, a local government area of Lagos State, the administrative division of Nigeria, located in the southwestern part of the country. He attended Mushin local council primary school Idioro for his primary education before he proceeded to Eko Boys High School where he obtained the West Africa School Certificate. He was ordained as an assistant pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in 1991 and later became a full pastor in 1997 having completed a one-year program at Faith Bible College. He later studied music at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, ijanikin. He later proceeded to the Royal College of Music in London where he obtained a certificate in music.
He started playing musical instrument particularly, saxophone in the early 1980s but stopped due Lung-related ailment that almost resulted in the damage of his larynx. He had contributed significantly to Nigerian gospel over the years and he is currently the Director of Music at the Redeemed Christian Church of God. In recognition of his immense contributions to gospel music in Nigeria, he was bestowed with the Award of Excellence by the Redeemed Christian Church of God in 2007 and in 2008, he received the "Leadership award in Nigeria music".


Samsong is a Nigerian gospel artist, based in Abuja, Nigeria. He has had a successful recording career with radio hits like Bianule, and a handful of accolades such as The Psalmist Award in 2000, and recently being nominated as "best Gospel Artist" by Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) in New York in 2008. He has graced the stage with Gospel greats like Marvin Winans, Donnie McClurkin and Panam Percy Paul, as well as successful mainstream artists like Donell Jones, Kenny Latimore, 112, TuFace, D’Banj, Faze, and Styl Plus.
He was born Samson Uche Mogekwu in Delta State, Nigeria. He discovered his talent for singing while in high school. It was also in high school he was monikered Samsong.
He attended college, and majored in Accounting. In 1991, he formed a quartet known as Praise Creation. They were signed to Ivory Music Label, and released their debut album in 1996 titled "Best of Life".
The group however broke up, and Samsong became a solo artist, releasing his debut CD in 2002, titled "Count Your Blessings". His album was a success, garnering airplay, and resulting in winning The Psalmist Award that same year. His sophomore cd was released in 2004, titled "Still Counting". He continued his award-winning streak, snagging The Best Male Vocalist of the Year Award at Today's Music Award in 2004, and Best Male Vocalist of The Year Award in 2005 at The Amen Awards. Samsong had become a bona fide celebrity and gospel star at this point, having songs and video in rotation radio and TV, and receiving top billing in concerts. At The Vigoma Awards in 2005, he received The Best Video of The Year Award. His third release titled "The World of My Dreams" was issued in 2007, and was his most ambitious release yet. It featured a remake of the mega hit "One Love" by music icon Onyeka Onwenu, in which he performed a duet with her. The cd also featured a duet with international superstars Styl-Plus titled Live Right. His ambitious output was recognized with and he was awarded with The Grace Honorary Award for Excellence, that same year. In 2008, he was nominated for The Best Gospel Artist at The Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) held in New York city. He embarked on an international tour to promote his cd, with stops at South Africa, the United Kingdom and Germany. In Germany, he had recorded and performed with Chris Lass, the famous German gospel producer and artist. His most recent headlining tour was in August 2009. He toured the island of Seychelles, and was privileged to have dinner with the Vice President, Joseph Belmont.
Samsong is currently working on a summer release of his new cd.


·         Best of Life (with Praise Creation) (1996)
·         Count Your Blessings (2002)
·         Still Counting (2004)
·         The World of My Dreams (2007)
·         Church Boy (2010)



Growing up in Houston, TX, as the oldest of six children, Yolanda Adams was born on August 27, 1961. She lived in a house filled with music and love. Her mother studied music and Yolanda heard everything from Gospel legends James Cleveland and the Edwin Hawkins Singers to jazz icon Nancy Wilson to pop/R&B great Stevie Wonder. Those different styles of music, as well as a strong presence in the church, helped to shape Yolanda as a singer as well as a person.

As an adult and lead singer with the Southeast Inspirational Choir, this former school teacher of seven years caught the attention of the well-known composer/producer Thomas Whitfield. He helped her release her first album on a small Gospel label in 1987 and that release led to subsequent releases on Tribute Records.

A little over ten years, several Stellar Awards and Grammy nominations and many powerful concerts later, Yolanda signed with Elektra Records, a mainstream heavyweight. Her first release with Elektra went multi-platinum, won several awards and successfully made the cross over to the secular market without watering down or compromising her message at all.

Restructuring at her label left her on hiatus for nearly four years, until 2005 when she released a new album with Atlantic. Not that she sat around doing nothing - she kept touring and started laying the groundwork for her Voice of an Angel Foundation, which focuses on mentoring high school students to help them find a career in education.
Yolanda also started working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources to ensure that kids in low-income areas receive immunizations.

Yolanda has touched audiences worldwide, and they, in turn, have made their impact upon her. ”I believe that fans enhance your career. They draw out of me what they need and that’s how I’m able to write the songs.
It inspires me to feel their love and appreciation. It’s like what Sally Fields said when she won the Oscar, “You like me! You really like me!” I never take that for granted, and each year and each album I am humbled that there are people who want to hear my songs. It’s truly amazing.”

  • Yolanda graduated from Sterling High School in Houston in 1979.
  • She graduated from college at Texas Southern University and went to work as a school teacher.
  • In 1997, Yolanda Adams married former NFL player Tim Crawford.
  • Their daughter, Taylor Ayanna, was born in 2001.
  • Yolanda and Tim divorced in 2004.
  • Adams has won 4 Grammys, 4 Doves, 1 American Music Award, 6 NAACP Image Awards, 1 Soul Train Music Award and 3 BET Awards.
  • Yolanda is one of the hosts on "The Morning Show" on Radio One
  • Yolanda Gets a Dove Nod for Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year (2012)
  • Yolanda Adams - A 2012 Readers' Choice Awards Finalist for Best Urban Gospel Artist

See The Background of Nigeria Gospel Musicians/Singers

Bola Are’s Biography Bola Are (born October 1, 1954) is a Nigerian gospel singer and former President of the Gospel Musicians Association...