It’s challenging enough to go through the whole production process of getting a song out but when the artiste defies life threatening health challenges to put out a message through the channel of music, then one must admit that there must be some divine agenda behind such message.
This is the case for Gospel music artiste and music director Busola Oyedokun who recently released her debut single “Na You Baba” despite her battle with Lupus Nephritis. The mother of 3 in her late thirties said it took her 5 years to finalize work on the song due to many medical issues that sprung up during the process but her will was stronger than any challenge thrown at her.
Busola is full of life and spirit, save for few tell-tale signs, you can hardly tell what was going on with her health. She revealed the details of how she overcame every obstacle to release the single “Na You Baba”.
Busola Oyedokun is a wife, mother of three wonderful children, a song writer, a voice over and gospel artiste. She is also a personal assistant to the convener of YesLord Outreach. As a voice over artiste, she has worked with BBC, African Radio Drama and has done several radio jingles. She is the music director at Eagles Height Church choir. She studied English Literature during her tertiary education.
Her health challenges started in 2013, the same year she started her recording of the song “Na You Baba” but had to suspend the recording because she was diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis.
“Na You Baba” was first recorded in 2013,” Busola said. “That was the year I was diagnosed with Lupus. The work was thereafter abandoned because Lupus came with lots of drama. Even my brother-in-law who took the work upon himself, traveled out and everyone somehow forgot all about the song. There had been several attempt at getting the song out but it just wasn’t working.”
Busola said the producer who recorded the work – Blaqjerzee – suddenly called her in 2017 saying he was going through his system and deleting old works when he came across the song from 2013 in his archive. He said he would have deleted the song but felt there was something about the song that made him sure it was not supposed to be on his system but out there. He got in touch with Busola’s brother-in-law who had been coordinating the work before the health issues started, and that was how work began on the project again.
But between the production process and the release of the work, Busola faced 2 heart wrenching shock. First she was to be placed on dialysis as the Lupus had affected her kidney, then she had issues with her heart. Despite all, Busola found the strength and with cannulas in her legs, due to dialysis, she completed the recording of “Na You Baba”.
Busola said she had great energy around her which formed part of her positive outlook in the face of the challenges. Her husband, Christopher I.A Oyedokun, her Pastor Mrs Yeside Stephen, Also her doctor Professor Femi Adelowo, all formed important factor in her positive outlook amidst all the health issues she is battling with.
She hopes to have an album and a documentary out before the end of the year.
“This is out now but I cannot afford to rest. I have a target that by December – before my 40th birthday, I must have a complete album, ready to launch. Also a book and a documentary. We are trying to work on a documentary concerning this Lupus issue. It’s titled “Shades of Lupus”. You will get to learn about my story and other people’s story as well,” She said.
Listen & Download “Na You Baba” by Busola Oyedokun
The aim of every entertainer is to build a cultic or loyal fan base. It is the number of fans an entertainer has that determines his/her pays. Thus, calculating the sales made by an entertainer is equivalent to his/her fan base. With this said, building a loyal fan base is key. By saying a loyal fan base, I mean; fans that are dedicated to you and your contents and appreciates every work of yours. It is one to have a fan, it is another to retain the fan and make them loyal to you.
The entertainment industry is getting crowded (even though there is still space to accommodate many), thus it takes a lot of creativity, strategy, consistency, uniqueness, and dedication to make an impact in the industry. Selling yourself is the bottom-line so it requires a lot of energy to sell a unique product to the market, as you will need to appeal to the market, get them to accept your product or compete with the trend hoping to break in. Either way, these simple steps will help you cultivate at least 1,000 loyal fans when effectively utilized.
1. ADVERTISE YOURSELF.
Every entertainer is an ambassador of his brand. He or she represents all his or her brand is about, guess this is why people tend to despise your contents when they hate you. Mind you when I say do not let people hate you, I mean when they hate on you for messing up or pride etc. If they hate you for jealousy or sth never mind, they more your haters like the one EFE has, the more you get sustained. As everyone is going to be criticizing you and thus make you the talk of the town. This generates more fans and boosts the confidence of your already existing fans
Therefore, you need to properly portray your brand. Be active on the scene when events are happening. Do it in a way you will not look desperate or lame but rather noticed. Just being noticed may not seem like a breakthrough but, the more you’re seen, the more people will begin to wonder who you are – leading to conversations and questions that will draw them close to your craft and bi-products.
Eventually, building relationships with people, playing the “good guy game” and getting their attention. This is what happens when good companies try to advertise their products; they don’t ask people to check out their products, they GIVE THEM REASONS TO HAVE THEIR PRODUCTS. Give then reasons to support you. Nobody will support your hustle if there is nothing exceptional about your personality. Do you know people are doing you a favor being your fan? Therefore, you have to give them reasons to render such favor. Every fan you have (or will have) is making an investment in you. They are investing time, money, energy and their reputation- and it’s your job to make them feel it is a good investment. In other words, be LOYAL to your fans…
2. PACKAGE YOURSELF
You have to package yourself in a way the market won’t have a choice than to buy your product. It has been an established fact that nobody fans poverty. Therefore, appealing to pity will only ruin things. You might end up getting their pity and help for a while to help your broke life but once you have the funds; they will be like “we’re done saving your ass”. So you definitely need to package yourself and APPEAR RICH or WELL TO DO as you mustn’t be in a real sense.
Consistently pushing your image and brand by dishing out QUALITY bi-products, HD photos, Video Clips, Interview sessions, will definitely help. You obviously need to keep stepping up. Many Nigerians despise Nigerian Television Association NTA because they’ve refused to change their jingles, video quality, and studio appearance. This being said, you need to show your investors (fans) that you are progressing and their investment is actually yielding results.
Most people don’t follow artists because they love their songs but cos they like their imagery which is their fashion sense, crazy dope pictures etc….The difference between sachet water and bottle water is packaging. More respect to offering to the later because of packaging. So in building your first 1,000 fan base, playing with imagery and packaging is vital
3. EXPORT YOURSELF
You cannot be an Ajah artiste for years. It is obviously a crime to keep being an Enugu artiste or whatever town or location you are. Leverage, connect and collaborate. Think expansion always. Being stagnant and roaming around a box or a locale in no distant time will make even your very first fans i.e family and friends see you as a joke. The entertainment industry is built on a blockchain called relationship. Connecting is key. Learn to offer a heart before asking for a hand. Do not go to people asking for help, rather seek for what services you can offer. Now when I say connection, I necessary don’t mean worshiping the rich guys and trampling on the average guys. Anybody can be rich in the next second. A single hook can blow up someone. They cannot link you up if you weren’t nice. So you got to be nice. People are fanning your person. Building your first 1,000 fans requires you to push out yourself in the good sense. You might not have the funds to collaborate but relating and leveraging properly can do a lot for you.
Please note, these steps will only replicate the above results if your product, which is your talent and personality, is marketable. That is to say, you need to work on yourself to maximize these steps.
Article Written By Onyema Courage @iam_kulqee On Twitter/Instagram
Happy new year. From my corner I want to sincerely wish you a good music year.
As usual it will be of interest to share my thoughts as we usher in a new year in all its enthusiasm. What plans do you have to further put your music out there?
To start with, every year comes with its trend. Unfortunately no artiste has the monopoly of the industry. Churches go for who is popular at the time and so it beckons on you to work hard, build a solid team, sign up with companies that can make you achieve a milestone in this new year.
Go beyond the social media noise to making tangible impact.
Let’s take snapshot back, in the year that just ended most gospel artistes became motivational speakers instead of cooking good music. Instead of researching and working on personal development, many waited for what song will trend and the copy-cat follows. It doesn’t end here, dependence on one producer who produced a hit to produce you will box you into a corner. This does not mean you should not work with such persons, but while doing so be yourself because the trend will only be to replicate what has been done in a slightly different way.
Have a check on your actual performance online, downloads, purchases and interactions. Viability is not just the number of likes, how many people bought your song or downloaded for free, how many real fans are you are able to gather? Beyond the church do you have enough crowd to host a sold out show?
Moving on, while working with anyone, please don’t be greedy. It’s the team’s responsibility for you all to make money and when it happens to become the boss overnight.
In this new year many artistes will emerge with great sound and massive acceptability, if the old sit tight without re-inventing they will fizzle out. Your market value drops as new acts emerge.
In this year, don’t just work towards an album, host events, tour and grow your followership across board. Seize all opportunities to build a lasting brand. For every song you release build new innovative ways to promote and push to the next level.
It’s a new year, it’s not just about doing new things, it’s about self-discovery, new method of doing things, building teams, and creating content that will last. It’s a time to build synergy and grow. Don’t wait to loose market value before you wake up. Raise new talents and re-invent yourself.
As you embark on this journey, it will be rough and sweet, it will cost you money and time. Find a means to fund your music until it starts paying off. Don’t box yourself into a location, get your content out you don’t know who is waiting just to hear your song in another location and that could be your starting point to stardom.
In 2018 on a personal note, I’d like to see more unity amongst gospel folks, not just copying and secretly not being in support of the progress of one another . It’s time to move forward not just alone but with everyone in the mini-dustry. Finally, pay for services those offering the service have bills to take care. Take your brand serious and grow it.
Unachi Sunday (Freshboii) is music blogger, radio show host and lead partner at 7Pro Media Communications a music distribution, artiste management, promotion, product development and event management company based in Abuja Nigeria. Ff on twitter/IG @iamfreshboii @iamfreshboii_ #DearARTISTE series on FB. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesus made a profound statement concerning one who has been well instructed in the things of the kingdom of heaven. He will be seen to be one who brings out of his treasure things both new and old.
Matthew 13:52 “Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.”
The amplified version makes very clear the thoughts being communicated here.
“Therefore every teacher and interpreter of the Sacred Writings who has been instructed about and trained for the kingdom of heaven and has become a disciple is like a householder who brings forth out of his storehouse treasure that is new and [treasure that is] old [the fresh as well as the familiar]”
A proper interpretation of the Sacred writings will amount to bringing out things both fresh and familiar. A combination of the old and new. A demonstration of the authenticity of the origin of the Book through its consistency. Showing clearly that what we see and teach today was spoken of somewhere almost 2,000 years ago. Such a powerful witness that God is not an author of confusion and that the origin of all scripture is consistent.
How can the same person be behind a book and it all appears disjointed with no real connection. How did Paul come about his revelation of God and the mystery of redemption? It was through the scriptures and we must understand that the only known scriptures at the time he told Timothy “all Scripture is given by the inspiration of God” was a reference to what we term old testament.
He attested to the field where he found the treasure when he said in Romans 16:25-27.
“Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:”
The gospel was made manifest (clear) to Paul by the scriptures of the prophets. Peter also said that “no prophecy of scripture is of private interpretation for prophecy came not of old by the will of man but men spoke as moved by the Holy Spirit”. Paul said also that the righteousness of God without the law is now made manifest but it was witnessed by the law and the prophets.
Romans 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
We don’t need to keep the letter of the law to obtain this righteousness but even the law witnesses to the fact that there will be righteousness without it. In order words, if you understood the intent of the books referred to as the law you will see they spoke about this righteousness we have obtained by faith in Christ only.
Paul as a wise scribe in teaching the new covenant used the old to establish it. Scripture says the law was the shadow of the things to come. “The things to come” The law was simply its shadow. In order words, the law was a dark outlined image of the new covenant. It wasn’t the substance but the outline. The features of the covenant could not be seen in detail but the outline was there.
Now a shadow isn’t very clear but you cannot see the shadow of a dog and someone brings out a rabbit as the thing casting the shadow and you will agree. Even though the shadow doesn’t give the colour of the dog etc but it is not that you now pull out a rabbit. In the new covenant, the veil is removed and we can now see the very image of those things.
Hebrews 10:1 “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.”
“For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.”
2 Corinthians 3:13-14
“And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
4:17: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Rapture is the most vital topic and the most anticipated [but fear to most] event every Christian crave for.
It’s the moment when the likes of Christ stays side by side with Him, when the real labourers gets rewarded magnificently and set at rest.
It’s also the moment when the sheep [True Believers will be parted from the goat [unbelievers and fake Christians] according to Matthew 25.
When the topic or eulogized experience of rapture is shared, some people gets scared, most gets more deafening while some will arise to more consciousness to it.
But the questions remains, when will rapture take place?
Well according to the scriptures, no one but only the Father knows when rapture will take place, even the head of the church Jesus Christ our Lord is in exception of the time of rapture but proclaimed that only the Father knows.
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” – Matthew 24:36
Since no one is in any wise having the knowledge of the time, the priority about always being in its awareness gets more important.
Once a time is set as at what time calamity will strike, then less casualty will be recorded since the consciousness of it will keep ringing in our minds before the time.
But in a situation when no time is set, the certainty of being at the safe side is at less percentage because no alertness will be on preview.
So if rapture’s date was set to be announced, many people will get to do all sought of evil, transgressions and abominations awaiting repentance before that great event takes place but this time revise is the case, what then will be your attitude?
Rapture’s date not being announced is a preamble that Christians should be as in godly nature as where they are craving to go – Heaven.
Christians are going to a home where the standard is different to that of this earth (devil’s domain).
So if you have to be a citizen of that kingdom, your transformation starts here, thereby God’s words says: …Be ye holy; for I am holy. – 1 Peter 1:16.
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: – Hebrews 12:14.”
Therefore if we have to be in the favor of that world, our charisma has to imitate it’s values now that we are still here.
That’s why we aren’t told of it – God knows the kind of creature He created!
What if rapture takes place as you are reading this blog, how prepared are you?
How will you feel when your friends you used to do the things of God together disappear in tin air without trace?
Peradventure it occurs at a time you dim too tired and try to relax or take a break in the race, are you sure it will meet you at the right stand?
What if it meets you at a joint or night club? What of at a brothel? What of at the bribe stand or that Herbalist?
That’s why scripture said “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. – Luke 9:62″
The kingdom we are ascribing for is not lingered on a part-time principle but a consistent and constant reminder of its status, that’s the criteria hence the scripture “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. – Luke 9:23″.
We are called into a life where obedience is the center priority to getting it’s benefits, Christ said, If you love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15). That’s just the efficacy to a raptureable standard.
So standing at alert and thinking about that great event will be to your fullest profit. Our attention should be at everything seeking to live our lives to the principal calling we are been enlightened to.
Your legitimacy to that kingdom starts from your salvation. Salvation is the cord that connects one to his Maker thereby getting the certificate of meeting Him in eternity.
If you aren’t saved, you aren’t ready for rapture.
But what about if death occurs?
Death is just another part of rapture, when it happens to anyone, that person’s rapture has taken place.
FACT: Don’t delay your salvation date, remember death signs no appointment date before coming. It is inevitable and likewise unavoidable when it alarms. Where will you be?
Remember: We are seeking for a kingdom which it’s principles differs from this earth and before getting there, we are to transform our lives to its standards and live by its precepts daily in our lives.
Don’t be a wounded soldier forever to be doomed, there’s still grace to return to the battalion and fight with the fold.
Take this word with you “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. – 2 Timothy 2:4”
Rapture is so imminent, it’s closeness is described by the day’s happenings.
Don’t miss it because you can’t tell the aftermath if you do!
Revelation 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
22:12: And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Meet you up there when the roll is call up yonder beloved.
Shalom!!! – Innocent Josh.
Conservative Christian leaders have President Trump’s ear, but they are certainly not the first evangelicals to counsel the leader of the free world. The most famous evangelist of the 20th century, Billy Graham, advised many an American president, though differently than Trump’s faith advisors approach the job.
As Graham celebrates his 99th birthday on Tuesday (Nov. 7), in what his son Franklin described as “stable” health, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is kicking off a yearlong celebration of the preacher’s past. Franklin Graham, who heads the association, said it will highlight the elder Graham’s “impact on worldwide evangelism and personal testimonies of people whose lives were forever changed at one of my father’s crusades.”
It’s safe to say that Billy Graham’s politics won’t be a central focus of the commemoration. But when he was an up-and-coming preacher wearing hand-painted ties, and later, when he was America’s leading Christian evangelist in the heart of the Cold War, everyone knew where he stood on politics.
Graham railed against communism and anti-war demonstrators. He helped presidential candidates and gave them advice once they made it to the White House.
Over the years, Graham spoke to an estimated 84 million people at his crusades around the world, his wide reach increasing to 210 million when it includes live audiences that watched him via satellite. His success, religious historians say, was a precursor to the political rise of evangelicals and set the stage for recent faith-based public discourse on abortion, gay marriage and other issues.
As other conservative religious figures like the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson and others gained sway in the political arena, Graham, deliberately withdrew from it, at least in public. His focus was on the gospel, not politics, when he visited Flushing Meadows Corona Park in June 2005. “If I get up and talk about some political issue, it divides the audience,” Graham said at a press conference preceding the New York crusade. “What I want is a united audience to hear only the gospel. Many times (in the past) … I went too far in (dividing people on) such issues, and I think this time I want to stick only to the gospel.”
The substance of Graham’s crusades changed little, aside from the addition of Christian rock and hip-hop music, said William Martin, author of “A Prophet With Honor,” a biography of Graham. They still involved singing by George Beverly Shea, who became part of Graham’s inner circle in the 1940s, and ended with Graham speaking for 20 to 30 minutes and asking people to respond to his “invitation” to convert. (Shea died in 2013 at the age of 104.)
Graham’s son Franklin has spoken publicly against Islam in recent years, garnering the type of publicity his father studiously avoided since the 1970s after his association with President Richard Nixon hurt his reputation. Since then, as evangelicals have increasingly linked themselves to the Republican Party, Graham cautioned religious leaders not to align too closely with any political program.
“Billy Graham … has been unwilling to draw lines that would alienate other people or rule them out of his circle,” Martin said. “Many of the other conservative Christians who are involved in politics are not only willing to do that; they seem bent on doing that.” Graham gained White House access in his 30s and advised Presidents Eisenhower, Johnson and Nixon on politics.
After his stature grew in the 1940s and 1950s with well-publicized crusades in Los Angeles, Washington, New York and Britain, presidents found it in their interest to meet and be seen with him. Graham used the access to offer political advice that belied a professed desire to avoid taking sides, Martin wrote in his book.
While Graham rarely endorsed candidates, from the 1950s to the 1970s “he was more partisan than he let out,” said Mark Noll, a professor of history at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. “He did keep politics out of his public messages, but he wanted to take a part in public life, and the engines of publicity were there for somebody who was charismatic and could keep out of scandal like Graham.”
Graham had a close association with Nixon, and the president’s downfall shocked Graham in many ways, not the least of which was the profanity that Oval Office tapes showed Nixon freely used, according to Martin. The release of other tapes almost 30 years later dealt an embarrassing blow because they showed Graham speaking with Nixon negatively about Jewish news media figures in ways many Jews found offensive. Graham apologized repeatedly for the comments about Jews and for becoming too close to power.
His humility earned praise for his character, said Leo Sandon, professor emeritus of religion and American studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School.
“At times when Billy Graham, I thought, was showing the worst judgment, which in my opinion would be … with Nixon, even then, no one ever doubted his integrity, his honesty,” Sandon said. “His greatest problem was a lot of celebrity and publicity. He loved to be in that White House.”
It helped Graham’s recovery, Martin said, that he had since led global conferences — including two in the Netherlands in the 1980s — to bring Christians of various denominations together and help ministers preach. Graham’s willingness to associate with liberal mainline Protestants led to a break with Christian fundamentalists.
Through the years, his views became less conservative on many issues social conservatives care about most. According to “A Prophet With Honor,” Graham remained generally conservative but believed administration of the death penalty is biased against poor people. He regarded homosexuality as sinful “but no more so than adultery,” and said, “There are worse sins.”
At a time when many conservative Christian leaders were trying to focus public concern on secularism and gay marriage, Graham stressed poverty as the most pressing social issue.
But more recently, Graham’s messages on social issues waded into the political fray, leading some observers to speculate that his outspoken son played a role in his father’s political participation.
That same year, as voters on North Carolina considered an amendment to the state constitution stipulating that marriage was between a man and a woman, a full-page ad taken out in several papers quoted Billy Graham saying:
“At 93, I never thought we would have to debate the definition of marriage. The Bible is clear — God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. I want to urge my fellow North Carolinians to vote for the marriage amendment.”
CREDIT: Religion News Service
The story of the two sons one which we today refer to as the story of the prodigal son is a very powerful illustration of the forgiveness of the Father and His compassion. We should, however, be conscious of certain things that are also pertinent in the account.
First of all the fact that the son who was received and celebrated first repented. He came to a realization of what it meant to live outside His father’s presence. The Bible recalls he came to himself and said even the hired servants in my father’s house have enough bread having to spare that I feed with swines here. He walked back to his Father having realized the consequence of sin and a life of disobedience, saying I have sinned against my father and heaven.
It wasn’t that the father was angry at his son and sent agents to punish him for leaving him, it is that a life in sin does have consequences. Apostle James said sin when it is finished bringeth forth death. It was sin and not God that rendered man naked in the garden.
The Father who never stopped loving his son and whose heart was obviously always with his son never once sent substance to the son to try to help him. The father understood his son needed to go through the process to come to know what being in fellowship with him meant. The father always loved the boy through the process but it took the boy coming to himself and then going back to experience fellowship.
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
The boy only experienced the party when he came back to his father even though the father always loved him. Allowing the son to go through the process of knowing what it meant to live outside his presence in a life of disobedience was part of the father’s love for his son. I seriously doubt if that boy will have ever again entertained the idea of walking away from his father.
His love wasn’t just shown through the party but even in restraining himself from going to look for him even when the father knew this boy must be suffering out there. I mean we all agree the father always loved the son, why didn’t he seem to check up on him? Was he a control freak who only showed compassion when you came under his roof? To say the father only loved when the boy returned is to describe a conditional love.
Those who will preach true fellowship with the Father must also teach that repentance must precede it where one actually realizes the true privilege of being in fellowship with God and having the priceless treasure of receiving direction daily from Him.
Poju Oyemade is the senior Pastor of Christian Centre, Lagos. Find out more on www.pojuoyemade.org