Oniduro Mi: Tope Alabi Apologises, Calls Singer Her daughter
Embattled gospel artiste, Tope Alabi has finally apologised over her comments on the hit song, Oniduro Mi.
Alabi had openly criticized the viral song by Adeyinka Adesioye a.k.a Alaseyori and Tolu Adelegan but got massive backlash from Nigerians who said her comments on ‘Oniduro Mi’ were borne out of jealousy.
Tope Alabi was similarly ridiculed on social media with various unfavourable memes, video skits and innuendoes, with some calling her PA to the Holy Spirit. Nigerians on social media went further to question her recent ‘drunk’ dance video she claimed to have been intoxicated by Jesus’ drink and wondered if that was also inspired by the holy spirit.
However, in an interview with New Telegragh, Alabi explained that Adeyinka is her daughter in ministry. She apologised to all and restated her friendship with the singer.
She said, “Her Pastor asked me to pray for her because she took after me, which I did wholeheartedly. Envy who? Never! I love the girl so much. She can confirm to you, sir, that we relate so well.
“God has given each of us the grace to go as far as His enablement could carry us. The atmosphere is wide enough for everyone to stretch her wings of gift without disturbing one another.”
Her full statement:
“I have been inundated with diverse counsel from different quarters. I hardly sleep since this matter (public outcry over Oniduro Mi criticsm) started. While I attend to Nigerian fans on phone calls and online chats in the daytime, our people in the Diaspora will engage me throughout the greater part of the night over the same matter. I feel safer talking with you Egbon mi. You will understand me better than those who don’t know me closely. I’m not a perfect person yet, I’m still a work in progress in the hands of God.
“I want people to see me as a mere mortal with my own weaknesses, human frailties and as a learner in the limitless knowledge of God. I am who I am today only by the mercy of God and the support of millions of gospel music lovers. I have no support base elsewhere outside the awesome Nigerians who feel uncomfortable with my statement. I see the depth of anger as the measure of their love, admiration and solid support for me and for all of us in the singing ministry.
“Let me acknowledge that my mistake was that I externalised a personal message in public; and I’m awfully sorry for doing that. My friends, colleagues and leaders in ministry who criticized me either openly or privately simply feel disappointed because of the love we share. We are too knitted in the Body of Christ to allow anything to divide us. Human factor is part of our life.
“For those who keep quiet but chose to intercede for us on their knees instead, may God honour them all. And for those who defended me even without speaking with me, I can’t appreciate them enough. Egbon Michael, those hosting live shows on social media are my strong fans.
Most, if not all of them have been playing my music for years without paying them for the free adverts. I don’t begrudge them for their diatribes over the matter. I love them so much. We can’t do without one another. I value them greatly.
“Sir, I will get back to the public soon. Sister Tolu Adelegan is a woman I hold in high esteem. Adeyinka, like I said earlier, is my daughter in ministry, they are all valuable sisters and associates that nothing can separate us. This is a mere fog, it will fade away in no time.
Oniduro Mi: Tope Alabi is a mother to me, says Adeyinka Alaseyori
“For the comic fellows who are already releasing comedy skits over the matter, I burst into laughter (she laughed again) watching some today. What a creative people we are. Nigerians are awesome minds who will fashion out tension relieving stuff from every situation. Sir, I appreciate them all.
The Bible says in Hebrew 12: 14 that we should pursue peace with everybody and holiness, those are the conditions for us to see God. This is the acceptable path for all of us to follow. Egbon mi, I thank you, sir.”
Meanwhile, the song Oniduro Mi has since the drama became a massive hit with various singers performing it publicly in solidarity with the singer.