Lady Evangelist Kemi Jayeoba is an administrator par excellence. A former commissioner in Oyo State with four different portfolios; commerce, industry, cooperative and tourism.
A gospel music artiste, whose albums remain the toast in churches, conferences and Christian gathering across the country and beyond, Kemi is gunning to be the number one gospel music artiste in Oyo State in the coming election of the Gospel Musicians Association of Nigeria (GOMAN). She revealed exclusively her journey into the music world and her plans for the gospel artiste in Oyo State
“I started singing at a tender age in the church because I loved singing. I had never imagined myself to be a performing artiste but one of the elders in my church then now of blessed memory told me three times that the Lord told him to tell me to go and wax a Gospel music record.
I initially refused but after given a serious warning the third time I yielded when I started having serious financial crisis. This thus led to the release of my debut, ‘Duro D’Oluwa’, in the year 2000. That album won me the ‘GOMAN Reigning Artist of the Year’ award in 2001 and since then, I had released another five more albums.
My aspiration to become the next governor of Oyo State GOMAN is only the voice of God. It is only God that ministered to me that as I have served in various capacities politically, so He wants me to go and add value to GOMAN.
As a preforming artiste I know the problems facing the industry which include but not limited to finance. So many talented artistes find it difficult to go to the studio and air their songs, thus if given the opportunity to serve 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 mediums 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 work for GOMAN to have our own website where fans can download our music and pay.”
Taking us through her background Kemk said, “I hail from a Christian family and I’m the first of nine children. I attended St Bernadine’s Girls Grammar School. I have a diploma in Catering and Hotel Management and Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. I’m a politician as well and I have served in different capacities both at the state and national levels.
I was once a member of National Pilgrims Committee, member of the 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 wants 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 chaffs as majority are just in the industry due to unemployment.”
For the upcoming artistes, Kemi Jayeoba said, “My candid advice is for them to stay on the track, hold on to the voice that spoke to them. He is not man that will tell lie. They shouldn’t sing to please man or to just make money, they should sing to praise He who had called them and be themselves. God will surely help us all in Jesus name”.