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.