Speaking on some of the challenges that come with maintaining a band, she told Sunday Scoop, “Any musician that is not ‘solid’ cannot maintain a band. Music is not cheap but some churches don’t realise that. A musician cannot go alone to perform, they have to go with their band. Meanwhile, these instrumentalists are professionals and they make a living through music, so they need to be paid. I have maintained the same band for about 15 years. What has helped me is the fact that I am financing my music career from another source, and it has not been easy.”

Shedding light on her current projects, she said, “I sing traditional and contemporary gospel music. I am also a researcher and development economist. Basically, I am a multi-faceted person with many sides. I am currently building an ultramodern live studio. The motive (for building the studio) is so that I can produce regular live worship sessions. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way of doing things. Now, the best way for most musicians to reach their fans is through live recording and online streaming, not concerts like it used to be. Not having my own studio was a barrier because if I wanted to reach my audience, I would have to pay for studio sessions and bring in instrumentalists. But, those things are not sustainable. I am also working on a new album but I want to record it in my own studio.”

Speaking on what motivates her as a writer, Adejumo-Ayibiowu, said, “It depends on what motivates (the particular book). Writing takes so much time and for me as a gospel artiste, it is not something I would have been interested in. But because of my job, some of those books were written to build my career, and some for inspiration. For example, my book Black and Bold was written to inspire black people. I believe in African solutions for African problems. I realised that in most inspirational books, Western personalities were used as role models. However, these are people that do not face what we go through here in Africa. When my father died, it struck me that he was a great man and there were many things to be learnt from his life. So, that was motivated me to write the book. I have also written books on tax processes and other issues.”

Extracted from Punch Newspaper 

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