Lagos — It was a day of dance and music as new entrant to the Nigerian music scene, Tope Oyegbami, launched her third gospel album, Calculator. The album launch which took place at Events Centre, Ikeja, on Saturday, February 26, also served as an opportunity to showcase her dance group, Nu Dance.
The album Calculator, the artiste who is also a medical scientist says, stems from the gratitude she feels towards her maker. "One day, I brought out a piece of paper one day and I wrote down the blessings I have received from God in my life. After writing, I tried to add them up till I got stuck. I discovered that it is impossible to calculate all God has done for. I realised that I could not pay him back in monetary or material terms. So I decided to give him the little I could by singing his praise and worship," she said.
She describes her kind of music as a blend of traditional and present generation music trend. Calculator is an 8-track album, which includes songs in the Yoruba language like 'Karebami,' 'Muwasodore,' worship songs as well as hip-hop style of songs.
As an artist, Tope, who hails from Abeokuta in Ogun State, also sees herself as a talented dancer and a music instructor. True to type, she acts as an instructor to several primary schools with her dance outfit, Nu Dance concept. She says that her specialty lies in nurturing kids on all kinds of dancing.
This is the formative years, for the children, she said. "This is the time when they make up their minds on what they want to become in life. Being in their formative years, I think this is the right time when they can be taught to pursue their talents. This is what I can do for them now. That is why I can go to schools, sort out talents and train them for the main time. Some of them are promising and they show great interest in dance. It is easy to pick them out," she observed.
"The best you can do to a child is to find out their talent at a very tender age and help them develop it. That is exactly what I do with the kids. Music and dancing are some of the hottest careers of our time so, I go to different schools, find out the kids that have flair for dancing and help them to develop that flair while they are still very young," she said.
The artist believes that there are a lot of talents there. "If we don't develop them while they are still young some of them will grow to be misled. Remember it has been instructed that we train up a child the way he should go and when he's old will never depart from it. That's Nu Dance concept and all the children are great and will never grow poor with what they have learnt," she added.
Tope says that her foremost aspiration is to be a better worshipper of God through singing and dancing as well to become the best scientist ever from this clime. "My desire is to have a school where I can train up kid artistes and to be a better Christian. Career-wise, I aspire to be the best scientist that can analyze blood samples, which is what my career entails," Tope concluded.