Everything You Should Know About Veteran Gospel Artiste, Tope Alabi
Nigerian gospel singer, Tope Alabi is known for her unique and sonorous voice which stands out amongst other gospel artists.
Tope is also known internationally for her music and has won several awards in her career.
Here are a few facts about her.
Patricia Temitope Alabi popularly known as Tope Alabi was born on the 27th of October, 1970 in the city of Lagos but she hails from Yewa, Imeko, Ogun State.
She was born in the family of Joseph Akinyele Obayomi and Agnes Kehinde Obayomi. Tope was the only daughter among her siblings – she has two brothers.
Tope Alabi obtained her West Africa School Certificate (WAEC) from Oba Akinyele Memorial High School, Ibadan in 1986. She got a degree in Mass Communication at the Federal Polytechnic, Ibadan in 1990.
Between 1982 to 1984, during her secondary school days, her interest in music and drama led her to join the then “Jesters International” (Jacob, Papilolo & Aderupoko) group at Ibadan, where she got her initial training and experience in drama.
After her university education, she proceeded to work at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Ibadan as a correspondent between 1990-1991. She also worked with Centre-spread Advertising Limited, Ilupeju area of Lagos and Re-Union Nigeria Limited, Gbagada, Lagos in the year 1991 – 1992.
Tope Alabi decided to return to the theatre profession, as she became a part of the prestigious theatre group “Alade Aromire Theatre Group” in 1994. During her stay at the drama group, she was exposed to core stage drama and acting. Her unique voice gave her the edge as she started making soundtracks for Yoruba movies.
Tope Alabi has been invited by various writers, producers, and directors in the Yoruba movie industry to write and perform soundtracks for their various movies.
She has to her credit to date, about 350 soundtracks which she had composed for various Yoruba movies and is is the pacesetter of soundtracks in the Yoruba Home Video Industry.
Tope Alabi released her first album in 2001 and it was titled, “Ore ti o common”. The album had a good reception from a lot of people and helped people recognise the face behind the distinct voice in the soundtracks of Yoruba movies.
She went on to release her second album Iwe Eri in 2003 and Agbara Re Ni in 2005.
To date, she has close to eleven albums.
Her music career has taken her to different countries around the world and she’s one of the most loved gospel singers in Nigeria today.
Tope Alabi is happily married to Soji Alabi who she met as far back as 1994 when he was a studio engineer in Lagos and got the chance to produce some movie soundtracks for Tope. They got married in 1998.
The relationship produced one daughter, Ayomikun.
In 2015, she won the Gospel Artiste Of The Year at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards. In 2017, she won the Best Sound Track Artiste for City People’s Movie Awards.
Tope Alabi has made a huge success out of her career. The famous gospel singer is worth a whopping sum of $300,000.