By Demola Atobaba
Nigerian high-class gospel Tungba-highlife musician, Evangelist Yinka Ayefele, has said that his major dream is to capture the entire Yoruba speaking states in the country with the establishment of his radio stations and music house.
He disclosed this in an exclusive interview with EKITI STANDARD at his new music house, Fresh FM 106.9, located at Egbewa junction, Falegan area along Ilawe road in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
According to him, “Though only God knows what tommorow’s holding, but my intention is to capture the whole Southwest states.
“I wish to capture the entire Yoruba speaking states because presently I’m working on Ondo, Kwara and Osun states. So covering all the Southwest state capital is my major dream,” he said.
Ayefele who worked briefly as 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 weelchair.
The Ipoti Ekiti-born gospel music legend described establishing a radio station in Ekiti as home coming and a welcome development.
His words; “Fresh FM 106.9 and music house in Ekiti is like a home coming for me. Actually, if I have my way, Fresh FM should have started from Ekiti long ago, but fortunately we started all the way from Ibadan in Oyo State, and I’m happy today that I’ve been able to achieved coming back home with my long time dream which is having a Radio station in my home state. It’s a great opportunity for me to give back to the society especially my grassroot.”
Ayefele who sings in Yoruba, English, Hausa and Igbo languages told our Correspondent that, “I always want my things differently and the contents that I’m bringing to my people in Ekiti State are quite different from what they listen to on the radio. The contents in terms of news, sports, entertainment and especially the local contents will be more on the airwaves and at the same time we want to do this job professionally. That’s professionalism nurtured by experience and most of the people working with Fresh FM are veterans. Those that really know the ethics of the profession, those that know what the job and how the job is meant to be. I think this new radio station is going to make a huge success in broadcast industry especially in Ekiti State.
Narrating the story of his chequered life in the entertainment industry, Dr Ayefele went memory lane about his predicament years back and stated that, “To God be the glory, it is not by my power nor my might but it is by God’s grace. When I had a motor accident years back, precisely 12th December 1997, I thought the whole world was going to an end, but as God would have it, I’m alive today hale and hearty.
“I don’t think anything can be tough or difficult than the road accident I had then. So, demolishing my Music Studio building in Ibadan, cum many other challenges facing my career is just a minor thing beside what happened to me because the experience was so painful and passing through pains twenty four hours then, the accident I had was much more bigger than any other challenges I might have been facing in this world.”
He thanked the people of the state and other notable personalities from the Southwest states and Nigeria at large who stood by him during the trying times.
“In my trying times, they stood solidly by me both in prayers and including financial assistance. Bringing Fresh FM and Music House branch to Ekiti and other state capital in the Southwest is part of my token of appreciation to people. I’ll forever be grateful to God Almighty and also to those He used for my healing and recovery from the hospital bed,” Ayefele stated
Fresh FM 106.9, commenced test transmission on Wednesday 8 July and slated for commissioning on 8 of August, 2020.
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