Tope Alabi

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[1]Tope Alabi, also known as Ore ti o common, and as Agbo Jesu (born 27 October, 1970)[2] is a Nigerian gospel singer,[3] film music composer[4] and actress.[5]

Tope Alabi was born on the 27th October, 1970 in Lagos State, Nigeria to Pa Joseph Akinyele Obayomi and Madam Agnes Kehinde Obayomi. She is the only daughter out of the three children in the family. She hails from Yewa, Imeko of Ogun State.

Early Life[edit]

Tope was formerly a member of the Jesters International comedy group.[6] She later worked with other popular traveling and stage theater groups in both Ibadan and Lagos. She made films in the Yoruba film genre of Nigeria.[7] Alabi later metamorphosed into gospel music after she became a born-again Christian.[8]

Education[edit]

Tope obtained her West Africa School Certificate (WAEC) from Oba Akinyele Memorial High School, Ibadan in the year 1986. Thereafter, she proceeded to the Polytechnic Ibadan where she studied Mass Communication and graduated in the year 1990.

Tope Alabi pursued her educational attainment with seriousness and dedication as it deserved. Between 1982 to 1984 during her secondary school days, her interest in music and drama led her to join the then "Jesters International" (Jacob, Papilolo & Aderupoko) group at Ibadan, there she got her initial training and experience in drama. She worked with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Ibadan as a correspondent under the supervision of Mr. Yanju Adegbite, between 1990 & 1991. She also worked with Centre-spread Advertising Limited, Ilupeju area of Lagos in the year 1991 – 1992. After having various work experiences, Patricia Temitope Alabi came back into the theatre Art profession as she joined the prestigious "Alade Aromire Theartre group" in 1994. There, she was able to distinguish herself as a gifted and talented actress and singer. At Alade Aromire theatre group, Tope Alabi was exposed to all the core area of drama and acting profession. She was involved in various film productions, stage drama and most importantly the soundtrack production with which she is now well known and considered as an authority in the Nigeria Yoruba Movie industry today. Tope Alabi has been invited by various writers, producers and directors in the Yoruba movie industry to write and perform sound tracks for their various movies, she had to her credit to date, about 350 soundtracks which she had composed for various Yoruba movies. It would be of note to state here that Tope Alabi is the pacesetter of soundtracks in the Yoruba Home Video Industry[9] ref>"Biography". Tope Alabi. Retrieved 6 December 2010.

Career[edit]

On May 21, 2019, Nigerians on Twitter crowned Tope Alaba the queen of Yoruba language. This was as a result of a competition by United Bank of Africa in their 70th year anniversary celebration. [10]

Discography[edit]

  • Ore ti o Common (2001)
  • Iwe Eri (2003)
  • Agbara Re NI (2005)
  • Agbara Olorun (2006)
  • Angeli MI (2007)
  • Kokoro Igbala (2008)
  • Kabiosi (2010)
  • Moriyanu
  • Agbelebu (2011)
  • Alagbara (2012)
  • Agbelebu (2013)
  • Oruko Tuntun (2015)
  • Omo Jesu (2017)
  • Yes & Amen (2018)
  • ' 'Spirit of Light (TY Bello) 2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Listen: "Logan Ti Ode" by Tope Alabi Featuring Ty Bello". guardian.ng. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Biography". Tope Alabi. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  3. ^ Shepherd, John; Laing, Dave (2003). Continuum encyclopedia of popular music of the world, Volumes 3-7. Continuum. p. 171. ISBN 978-0-8264-7436-0.
  4. ^ Adeyemi, S. T. (2004). "The Culture Specific Application of Sound in Nigerian Video Movies". Nigerian Music Review. University of Ife. 5: 51–61. ISSN 1116-428X. OCLC 5386079.
  5. ^ Adebayo, Bose (26 July 2008). "I Was in Labour for Four Days for My Second Baby-Tope Alabi". Vanguard. Retrieved 19 October 2009.
  6. ^ ""I Loved To Reveal My Boobs" - Tope Alabi". Nigeria Films. 14 June 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2009.
  7. ^ Alonge Michael (6 July 2009). "Tope Alabi on nine month's course". ModernGhana.com. Retrieved 19 October 2009.
  8. ^ Ajibade, George Olusola (2007). "New Wine in Old Cups: Postcolonial Performance of Christian Music in Yorùbá Land". Studies in World Christianity. Edinburgh University Press. 13 (2): 105–126. doi:10.1353/swc.2007.0014. ISSN 1354-9901.
  9. ^ "Tope Alabi". Naija.ng - Nigeria news. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  10. ^ "#CommentSection: Tope Alabi crowned luminary of Yoruba artistry at #UBAAt70". Oak TV Newstrack. Oak Tv. 21 May 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.

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