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Posted: Apr 1, 2015 at 5:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
.Bola Are

.Bola Are

As the pioneer president of GOMAN what were some of the efforts you put in place to bring all gospel singers under one umbrella?

To be sincere, some of our colleagues are very stubborn; they tell you they are independent when you invite them to join GOMAN. The truth is that some of them really want to be independent so they can misbehave. We can’t force anyone to join GOMAN but some choices are meant to be made.


You just said, some of your colleagues are stubborn….

(Cuts in) yes some of us are stubborn while some of us are doing it right. When you try to admonish them, they see you as an intruder. You can’t profess Christ and still embrace some sin. You need to do things that will bring glory to God’s name and not bring reproach to his name.


How do you see gospel artistes who still praise people?

Gospel artistes who praise people are not gospel singers. Why would you be praising God and at the same time praise human beings? I don’t praise anybody. I sing to only glorify my creator who is the only reason why I am still living. Most of them do that just to make money. I don’t praise. To the best of my ability, I did tremendously well for GOMAN when I was at the helm of affairs. For my five years of being the president, a lot of things have changed. For five years, there was no recognition for GOMAN. I registered GOMAN and I opened the account. They came to my house and begged me to lead GOMAN, I rejected the offer initially but God spoke to me after I sought his face that I should go ahead and lead the group.


How did God tell you?

I heard his voice. I was born with hearing the voice of the Lord clearly. It’s very natural with me. I heard for myself that I should step down for now. If God reveals to you that you should stop something, it is better you stop and obey.


Many are of the opinion that you were so highhanded while you were president. How true is this?

People will always talk but whatever they like, they should say. A lot of things would go wrong if I don’t do the right thing and correct anybody with ill motives. There was a time that a very renowned gospel singer was caught in the hotel room with another gospel singer. Take that issue for instance, it is not right. Should we fold our hands when we hear about such issues?

As the president of GOMA, I am not supposed to fold my hands and let wrong things happen. If they say I am too harsh, they should come and try it too. When we encounter all these problems, we call others to come and witness. A lot of people fornicate and it’s not good for the kind of work we do.


Who is Bola Are behind the camera?

Mama Bola Are is a disciplinarian. For the Ekiti and the Ondo people, we don’t pretend. We hit the nail on the head. I am a woman of principles. I don’t joke with anything that would endeavour to destroy the work and principles of the almighty God. Why would a gospel artist be sleeping with another man’s wife? When I eventually do the right thing by punishing the person, they would say I am wicked. It does not make any sense.


Some gospel artistes are not doing well compared to their secular counterparts, what is responsible for this?

The problem with them is that they are not giving the Lord God a chance in their lives totally. The issue is that if you call yourself a gospel artist, you should portray it excessively. They sound different from the way they appear, the way they dress. They don’t practice what they preach. There is nothing we can do to that. But when you open all your body for the world to see, it’s not done and such things should be ignored.


Your biggest hit is ‘Baba ku ise’o Baba, what inspired it?

The song came from God. I was moving within Ibadan on June 26, 1973 to Tewogbade and Sons where I used to work back then. I was going in the morning to have my work done. God called me and told me to listen. I heard all the songs from God. There was no biro on me to write it down and due to that, I lost all the song from my memory. I tried to remember the songs but all the attempts I made were invalid. I wept and God said for this I will go for three months fasting and prayer. After three months, as I was going to work, the song came again and I wrote it down. That was how I came about the song. As from that day, I move everywhere with my writing materials.


How do you observe your private time?

What I do is, lock up myself to sleep or talk to my creator. During this hour, the Lord God reveals a lot of things to me. It is important to sleep well so as not to collapse on the stage one day (laughs). I endeavour to relax well when I have the time.


What are some of the challenges you have faced as a gospel singer?

Challenges are very normal. When I encounter any, I don’t get carried away. There are challenges everywhere and we all know that. The only one I have is basically with the gospel artistes in this country. They don’t practice what they preach and this is not right in any way. It should be avoided, some of them are hypocrites.