By Tope Olukole
Lady Evangelist Kemi Jayeoba is an administrator par excellence. A former commissioner in Oyo State with four different portfolios – Commerce, Industry, cooperatives and tourism; a gospel music artiste, whose albums remain the toast in churches, conferences and Christian gathering across the country and beyond.
She is today gunning to be the number one gospel music artiste in Oyo State in the coming election of Gospel Musicians Association of Nigeria, GOMAN. She revealed exclusively her journey into the music world and her plans for the association in Oyo State
“I started singing at tender age in the church because I love singing. I had never imagine myself to be a performing artiste but one of the elders in my Church then of blessed memory told me three times that the Lord told him to tell me to go and wax a record then. I initially refused but after given a serious warning the third time I yielded when I actually started having financial crisis. This led to the release of my debut “Duro D’Oluwa” against all odds in 2000 which eventually earned me GOMAN Reigning Artist of the Year Award in 2001 and since then, I have released five more.
My aspiration in becoming the next leader of Oyo State GOMAN was the voice of God. “God ministered to me that as I have served in various capacities politically He wants me to go and add value to GOMAN,” she said.
“As a performing artiste I know the problem we face in the industry this includes but not limited to the following: Finance. So many talented artistes find it difficult to go to the studio and air the songs thus if given the opportunity I will address this by finding ways to help our members.
“Publicity is another problem facing our members. Thus I will strive for us to have air time on Audio and visual to showcase the many talents we have in the gospel music circle
“Marketing is another area we need to address when given the opportunity to serve as the next governor of the association in the State
“In the present age of online business I will love GOMAN to have our own website where fans can download our music and pay”
Taking us through her background she said, “I hail from a Christian family, the first of nine children. I attended St Bernadine’s Girl’s Grammar School. Have a diploma in Catering and Hotel Management and Bachelor degree in International relations. I’m a politician as well and have served in different capacity both at State and National levels.”
Jayeoba was once a member of National Pilgrims Committee; Member Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital; Member Oyo State Sports Council and Commissioner for Commerce, Industry Cooperatives and Tourism in Oyo State.
Speaking on the present leadership of the association, she said, “With the present leadership of GOMAN at the National level led by Evangelist Funmi Aragbaye, I want to say that things are changing for the best. Only to my amazement majority of the reigning artistes are not in the fold which we have to work on to bring everybody together under a single umbrella as we are the ones that bring down the hands of God”
To gospel artistes generally, she believed that, “some artistes honestly speaking are doing what God actually want them to do but majority that are not called into the ministry are singing as their lips lead them. We are praying that God separates the seeds from the shafts as majority are in the industry due to unemployment”
For the upcoming artistes, Kemi Jayeoba said, “My candid advice is stay on the track hold on to the voice that spoke to you. He is not man that He’ll lie. Don’t sing anything to please man or make money sing to who had called you and be yourself. God will surely help us all in Jesus Name”