Let’s get to meet you? My name is Temitope Oyewole, God’s child, daughter, my husband’s wife, sister and friend.
I’m entrepreneur, singer, writer and designer.
As a graduate of banking and finance, how easy was it crossing from the finance industry to music and what was the reaction of your parents?
There has always been music for me from the onset. So it wasn’t much of a struggle on my part or overreaction on my parent’s part.
How was growing up for you?
Growing up for me was normal; I was trained with firm hands all round and it paid off eventually.
We weren’t too poor nor the rich type. But my parents made sure we the children never lacked anything.
How is your music career going?
It can only get better, it is not there yet but the most important thing is following the mandate and getting the message given out. It’s one step at a time.
Why did you opt for gospel music?
I have always loved God. From day one, that was the plan and the vision. I believe music is a responsibility.
I have always said so and I just grew up believing that. I think that music is something that can influence generations.
I can’t imagine myself singing songs that will engender negativity in any form.
I strongly believe there are children who listen to songs and the right thing is for children to listen to songs that will spur them to greater things, not songs that will encourage them to do wrong.
What are the challenges you’re facing as a female gospel singer?
I haven’t been in the fore front yet so I don’t face any challenges that haven’t been conquered already.
Thank God we are in an industry where your gift speaks for itself if and when the opportunity eventually shows up.
What has really kept you going?
Honestly speaking, I think it’s the grace of God.
There have been times when I wanted to throw in the towel and I am saying that it happens all the time.
Imagine someone looking into your eyes and say things like, ‘Temi, your songs are not popular; sorry we can’t have you perform at our event’.
So you see, gospel artiste or even inspirational artistes are being underrated in this part of the world, as a result of the fact that you are a gospel artiste, they feel that it’s okay to talk to you that way.
But thank God for his grace.
Do you feel threatened by ‘so-called’ big names in the industry, especially the female ones?
It’s not a competition; it’s a mandate, we are all part of a big family so why would one be petty or feel threatened?
If there will ever be a word, the word will be challenged to be better not bitter towards the gifts of another.
How is married life?
We are being schooled every day. No one is ever fully packed for the journey but on the path, you get equipped as you get along.
How do you manage music and marriage?
It’s all about getting priorities right. Thank God for the type of supportive husband he gave me. God has been faithful.
Talking about support, how supportive is your husband to your career?
It’s as convenient and as inconvenient as it can get. He is my number one fan and critic. He has always been a great supporter of my music.
He is like a friend and brother.
If you were not doing music, what else would you be doing?
I’ll be teaching and tutoring.
What do you think are the biggest challenges gospel musicians are facing in Nigeria today?
There’re few things but I’ll just focus on one which is denominational discrimination, it’s amazing how many powerfully gifted ones are confined within the walls of their homes and churches as the case maybe simply because they don’t belong to a certain denomination; then you cannot really get opportunities and support, it’s saddening.
Why do you think gospel music isn’t as popular as circular music?
The truth is it cannot be as popular but it is known, the message is very simple yet hard, of course the ones that tickles the fancy of many people are the ones that will not sink in the need to be vulnerable to God’s sovereignty which for any human being is the best thing that can happen to anybody.
What’s the secret behind your unique voice?
Wow, thank you but I honestly don’t do much other than sing every day and not drink cold stuff.
Which of the gospel musicians would you like to work with and who have you worked with?
I’ve been privileged to work with Florocka, Mike Abdul, Gbenga Gbelee, Prince Dá Psalmist, Gideon, to mention a few and will love to work with A’dam, Pita, Martin PK and Victoria Orenze.
Describe your taste when it comes to fashion?
It’s simplicity with class. What is your favourite food? I’ve none at the moment. If it is healthy and tastes good, it is my favourite for the day.
What’s your favourite perfume?
I don’t have a particular one. I have a wide taste, any perfume with Okoume wood, bergamot, gracious lily, Valore , neroli, or lavender scent will catch my attention.
What’s your favourite bag and shoes designer?
Èwo none o! If it is simple and classy, then yes.
What do you have to say to young and upcoming artistes who look up to you?
If you really want to do it for God, then you got do it right and there’s no better way to do so by following Jesus. Let people be advisors but let Jesus and his words be your guidelines and deal breaker. People will fail, they will disappoint and hurt, Jesus won’t do all these so make it a priority to follow him, and you’ll be amazed what power you get a hold of if you follow Him.
What’s new for your fans?
Go check out my Instagram page @Iamtemimyles and @temimylesxpressions. You can get the latest happenings there live and direct. Thank you so much for the love.
Meet newly fortified Nollywood actresses
It’s said life begins at 40 and this is aptly so for some of our top actresses who reached that age recently. These beautiful ladies have made remarkable achievements in their journey as Nollywood thespians as most of them started acting when they were so young. ABIOLA ALABA PETERS brings to you top actresses who recently turned 40 with various movies, awards and endorsements to show for it
On February 15, 2018, busty screen diva, Foluke Daramola turned 40. She is still looking very sexy and exudes glamour anywhere she appears. She has used her poise to win several awards and endorsement deals with major brands in the country. The proud and beautiful mother recently shared lovely birthday photos and also celebrated with people with Down syndrome and the Blind People’s Home with a photo-documentary series. According to her, she will be using the series as a reposition on all forms of abuses and menace in the society through her non-governmental organisation, Passion Against Rape and Abuse Africa. “I feel so moved to tears, with my birthday celebration everywhere. I thank everyone that has been celebrating me and all my family and friends; thanks so very much for the celebration, may celebration never depart from your lives, God bless you all abundantly for the love, I feel really loved and special for all the show of love”. Foluke graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife with a degree in International Relations.
Funke Akindele Bello
Award winning actress, Funke Akindele Bello turned 40 on August 24, 2017. The ‘Jenifa’s Diary’ star was treated to a surprise birthday celebration by her husband, hip-hop singer and producer, Rasheed-Bello aka JJC skillz. It was a star-studded celebration, as family, friends, and colleagues stormed their Amen Estate home. Funke, who is one of the most sought after Nigerian actresses on Google, could not hide her joy as she took to her Instagram to thank everyone that made her day memorable. Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde Bello was born in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. In 2009, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role. She was first noticed on screen after featuring in popular United Nations series on Aids/HIV, ‘I Need to Know’, which ran from 1998 to 2002. She played Bisi, a curious but highly intelligent secondary school student. She rose to stardom, through her produced movies, ‘Return of Jenifa’. Funke Akindele has over a hundred movies to her credit as an actress, writer and producer.
Omotola Jalade Ekehinde
Popularly known as Omo Sexy. Omotola is not just another actress but a proud mother of four. Omotola got married to her husband who is a pilot at the age of 18 and ever since she has been a super actress and mum to her four children. The Ondo State-born multiple-award winning actress, who also doubles as singer got ‘fortified’ on February 7, 2018. She celebrated her special day with a five-day long list of events. The United Nations Ambassador was also rumoured to have spent a whopping sum of N15 million for her birthday celebration. Omotola is one of the very few entertainers who is quite an icon when it’s comes to fashion. Beyond her show business accomplishments, she is also applauded for her remarkable humanitarian efforts. Omotola is one of the pioneers of the video film era of Nigerian cinema, becoming the most watched actress in Africa. In 2013, she was honoured on Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the world alongside Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Kate Middleton.
The Edo State-born actress surely knows how to make 40 look so sexy! Although there have been so many controversies around her; from a messy divorce with her husband of many years to the controversial red dress she wore to celebrate her 40th birthday, the newly ‘fortified’ damsel took to her social media page on her 40th birthday to reveal how happy and fulfilled she is, “Today I witness the unfolding of a new chapter in my life and I’m very grateful for this. For many years I have looked forward to the day I will turn 40 and now I am happy it has finally come”. Mercy Aigbe is a household name in Nollywood, especially in the Yoruba genre of the film industry. The Benin, actress has one of the sexiest bodies in the industry despite having two children. She graduated from the University of Lagos.
Iyabo Ojo is one sexy Nollywood actress who has successfully carved a niche for herself in the make-believe world. The proud mother of two is one of the few actresses who have tried to stay off controversies. Iyabo is a powerful lady who has been able to mesmerise men even at the ripe age of 40. Attractive and industrious, the single mother is as hot as ever. Iyabo Ojo is an actress who started her career as far back as 1998. She made her debut in a Nollywood movie but later crossed into the Yoruba genre. She is an A-list actress and producer and has featured in over 150 movies. Born in Lagos, Nigeria but hails from Itoko, a suburb of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, South-western Nigeria. She obtained her West Africa School Certificate at National College, Gbagada in Lagos before she proceeded to Lagos State Polytechnic where she received a Diploma certificate in Estate Management.
Deji Doherty lays father to rest in style
Engineer Deji Doherty is known to different people for various things. While the dude is cherished by some for his business acumen which has helped him succeed in whatever he puts his hands, the chubby and tiny voiced power dresser to others is a man who deserves to be held in high esteem in his constituency as a politician who stands for his people.
While it is an established fact that this handsome politician is highly concerned about the wellbeing of the people, the PDP Chieftain, it has been discovered is also passionate about his father. The father, at the ripe age of 84, after a brief illness passed on.
The former Lagos State governorship aspirant said he was so close to his father that he didn’t believe he had passed on until when he and his brother took the corpse to the morgue. After several weeks of planning and burial arrangement, the deceased was committed to mother earth penultimate weekend.
With the status of the deceased as well as that of his children who are all doing very well in their various fields of endeavour, Pa Doherty could not have asked for more if it was possible as the burial process which took place both in Ibadan and Lagos was nothing short of a befitting burial. Pa Julius Adetunji Doherty,
from popular Lagos family was a medical doctor and successful businessman.
Hot bespoke Asoebi styles
Have you noticed that the traditional ‘Asoebi’ styles of skirt and blouse has eventually fizzled out? Everyone wants something ‘bespoke”.
At weddings bride and guests have become even more tasteful in their choices. Everyone wants to stand out; they want their outfits to have that egoistic personality!
The bespoke ‘Asoebi’s’ have enchanting features that make them unique.
So come with detailed sleeves and freaky designs that set you apart even if the fabric is an ‘Asoebi’ for a party where every other person invited to the occasion is likely to come with the same fabric.
Bespoke outfits are clean with sophisticated appeal. Floral details, ruffles, feathers and embroidered outfits are some of the major highlights of Nigerian traditional weddings and we love as ladies slay in these hot ensembles.
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