THOUGH, THE ROAD IS ROUGH, BUT GOD HAS BEEN FAITHFUL – JANET ABE
The beautiful Olufunmilayo Janet Abe is a musician per excellence and has produced one album “Afiwo” and another single that is raving now “Owo” she is an excellent stage performer in music and chanting, a graduate of Theatre Arts from Lagos State University (LASU) in a chat with Wale Adegbuyi express how she manages her fans and suitors in her career which is a condition that is challenging to stay away from once you are in the business of the show.
She also mentioned the support from her family and her husband as the most valuable support received she promised to take the music to a greater and take the world by surprise very soon. She is an icon of beauty though not available for suitors, she is also a songwriter and instrumentalist and hail from Apolo North in Ondo State.
Can we have a brief introduction of you?
My name is OLUFUNMILAYO Janet Abe, I’m from Apolo North of Ondo State, and I’m an artist, singer, songwriter, chanter and instrumentalist. I am a graduate of Theater Arts from Lagos State University.
What motivated you into music?
God gave me this voice to sing, so I joined the choir in my church where I exhibit my singing prowess, I can say the motivation comes from God because He is the one that always inspired me most time. I have an elder brother who sings a lot and through him too I started having more interest in singing and we sing together often.
Do you have any mentor in your choice career?
Right from my childhood I have fell in love with the style of Ajobiewe’s chant, I used to watch him on the television then on Feyikogbon TV series so I was emulating his style, even though he doesn’t know me till date but he has been my mentor in my chanting career and I have another man Mr. Aloyinlohun who is also my mentor. In my singing I can say God is my mentor. I don’t like copying people, so I’m trying to create my style and I thank God because He has been faithful.
What are the challenges and limitations experienced in the course of your career development?
God has been so faithful to me, though the road was rough but He has made things easy for me, I took a risk one day, I have two shows at the same time and the 2 clients must see me in the production, one at the National Theater and the other at the Muson Center. I have to hire a bike on standby who was helping me to shuttle the two performance places. It was a big challenge but I thank God I scaled through.
As a lady, how do your parent react to your choice career and secondly, how did your spouse feel about it, knowing fully well that, you may have a lot of suitors in the course of growth and after you are fully established?
My parents were happy, they even pray for me for the success and they follow me up in prayers. My Spouse understand me and my career, he knows when the suitors come with their problems and sometimes he will be making jest of me, actually he is the one that always tell me what to tell them ooo, he is an artist himself and he followed me to my shows some times if he is less busy.
How do you manage your home as a mother whose career is time consuming?
God is faithful on that side, no one affected
“My Spouse understand me and my career, he knows when the suitors come with their problems and sometimes he will be making jest of me, actually he is the one that always tell me what to tell them ooo”
What are your happiest moment in your career?
I have had many happy moments in my career but the one that I will not forget was while I was performing in USA in the presence of black Americans and they so much appreciated my chant and there someone recognized me and came to give me a special gift that so precious to me.
What is your hobby and how do you manage it?
My hobby is singing and traveling, because the two goes together in my career so it’s easy to manage
How many album have you released or worked on?
I have one album titled “Afiwo”, it’s a full album but I have a single on air now title Owo, it’s well accepted
Where do you see yourself in the nearest future?
I see myself becoming great in life, I see my career blossom, and I see myself singing all over the world. I see myself and my brand becoming more popular
Where do you see music taking you in the next five years?
I believe and know God will take my music to greater height.
What is your advice for the intending and upcoming music artiste?
I will tell them to be patient and be focused. They should follow good people that will help them in their career not those that will push them to wrong side.
Can you also reveal to us the most disgusting experience you’ve had during your career development?
(Smile) you know there are some big shows like that, when they call you for the production meeting, and the person is seeking to have an affairs with you before the show could be given to you. It’s so disgusting.
“While I was performing in USA in the presence of black Americans and they so much appreciated my chant and there someone recognized me and came to give me a special gift that so precious to me.”
How do you manage male fans and suitors?
It’s an understanding matter now, and trust. I place them where they belong, they are fans and they remain my fans, I do appreciate them and welcomed them anytime they come nearer. My husband understand this with me too and helped me a lot.
Nice chatting with you, we hope you have read our publications, what do you think we need to do more to make it more interesting?
Yes I have read your magazine I will just say keep doing the good work. God is going to expand it well.
Thanks for having me on your magazine.