Gospel Artiste of the Week: YINKA AYEFELEDOD Media
It’s a wonderful day to welcome everyone of you to another week of our Gospel Artiste of the Week segment. We bring to a well-known, sensational singer of all times. He simply known as Dr Yinka Ayefele, MON.
Yinka Ayefele is a renowned Nigerian gospel singer and music producer whose career in gospel music has greatly brought him to the lime light despite his physical disability. He was born in Ipoti-Ekiti, a city in Ekiti State in south wester Nigeria. He had attended Our Saviours Anglican Primary School in Ipoti-Ekiti for his primary and secondary education before he later proceeded to Ondo State College of Arts and Science in Ikare Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.
Ayefele worked briefly as a journalist and broadcaster at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Ibadan where he also produced jingles and musical works on radio. He began his music career in 1997 after he was involved in an automobile accident which damaged his spinal cord and confined him to a wheelchair.
While in the hospital after spending about 9 months, his friend, Kola Olootu visited and advised him to put some songs together. This suggestion resulted in the release of his debut album titled, Bitter Experience in 1998 which brought him into limelight. The release of Bitter experience was followed by the release of Sweet Experience. Other albums released by the gospel musician are Something Else, Divine Intervention and Life after death, released in honor of Gbenga Adeboye, a Nigerian radio presenter, musician and comedian.
The title Bitter Experience reflected his ordeal and Sweet Experience was the sweetness after a “Bitter Experience’ and he had received over 200 awards.
Among other awards are:
- Member of the Order of the Niger awarded by Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2011)
- Ekiti Cultural Ambassador Award
Ayefele’s Music House, which has in it a radio station Fresh FM and a studio, was on August 19, 2018 demolished by the Oyo State Government, stating that the property’s location contravene the stipulations by the town planning authority. This sparked outrage from fans and sympathizers in Ibadan and host of others that criticized the government’s action. According to the musician, the property was worth N800 million. The radio station now has a branch in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Ayefele and his wife, Tope, welcomed a set of triplets, 2 boys and 1 girl in July 2019 in Maryland, US.
His numerous albums are as follows:
- Bitter Experience(1998)
- Sweet Experience(1999)
- Something Else(2000)
- Divine Intervention(2001)
- Fun Fair(2002)
- Life after Death(2003)
- New Dawn(2005)
- Next Level(2006)
- Absolute Praise(2008)
- Everlasting Grace(2010)
- Prayer Point(2011)
- Goodness Of God(2012)
- Yín Olúwa(2014) (Single)
- Fresh Glory(2016)
- Living Testimony (2017)