INTERVIEW: How I derived my name – Jojolo Jesu.
INTERVIEW: How I derived my name - Jojolo Jesu.
Evangelist Oluwafolakemi Ajibola Adebayo is an adept gospel music maestro. She cut her teeth in musical composition when she was barely on her feet as a baby through entertaining her parent’s guests with nursery rhymes and gospel songs.
In this interview, Evangelist Adebayo popularly known as Jojolo Jesu, told our correspondent how she came about the name “Jojolo Jesu” that is today a global brand in gospel music genre,
At age 6, she climbed the stage to perform without fret or fear and she performed to the consternation of everyone present.
The emerging music icon said her incursion into music was not hereditary but pure and raw divine talent.
Her style of music is praising God with panegyrics (Oriki) continuously so much that the congregation becomes electrified with the presence of the Holy Spirit.
The strikingly beautiful gospel act quipped that self discipline, divine intervention helped her to get to where she is today.
This piece is loaded, read on.
Where did you derive your name, Jojolo Jesu from?
Sometimes ago, when I was about 6 years of age, I was invited to minister somewhere, I was called up on stage as Evangelist Folakemi, So, the MC was expecting a more mature person. After my ministration, he said it jokingly that this is “Omo kekere Jojolo” because he was surprised that a very young girl at my age could be invited to such event and be able to face and manage the crowd well.
Since then, I just found out that if am invited to any other program, even if I give them my name as Evangelist Folakemi on poster, they will still include JOJOLO-JESU. So, that’s how people ended up calling me *Jojolo Jesu*
What prompted you into music? Was it through inheritance, acquisition or natural talent?
It wasn’t acquired because I didn’t learn how to sing from anyone, so It’s a natural talent. I have always loved music right from outset, I usually entertained my parents’ visitors any time they came around with both nursery rhymes and gospel music. And I was known for this among my siblings.
What is your academic qualification?
I attended Hans Private school where I obtained both primary and secondary School education, then I proceeded to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, where I obtained BTECH in Animal Product and Health. I served at Impact High School, Akure, as the front desk officer in 2016
How many albums have you waxed? Which is the most exciting to you?
I have waxed 7 Albums and all are exciting to me but ‘Alagbara bi Ara and Infinity Praise’ have impacted people’s lives more.
Any plans for another album?
I will be releasing one before the year runs to an end by the grace of God.
Who is your role model?
Jesus is my role model but I have a gospel Musician that I respect like Mummy Bola Are.
How do you get inspirations for songs?
I receive my songs mostly when I am studying the Bible, then some times I may just be quiet and I will hear songs in my spirit. Then I will quickly take note of it by jotting it down so that I won’t forget it.
I particularly love the part where you keep calling the oriki (panegyrics) of God. It stimulates the crowd so much, how did you come about that genre of music?
Anyway, that’s another level because I can’t even explain how I get those Oriki. I usually say most of them while on stage. Sometimes when I’m singing in the spirit, I will just be calling God different names that I had never hitherto thought of. I have said a lot of them that I won’t even remember again when am done ministering.
When my parents noticed that I usually eulogise God with different names they started recording them for me, so that when I finish singing I can rehearse it and include them in my album.
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