This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Freestyling With Music and Maternity

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An Afro-fusion gospel act, Gboluwaga Akinade Ibuoye otherwise known as Gaise has spread his career wings beyond music. The artiste whose two brand new singles, Awa O Tush o and Dobale are making waves has recently patnered with Brown Button Foundation (BBF) to raise voice in advocating for safe child delivery in Nigeria.

The artiste who is an Economics graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, spoke with Thisday at his studio in WEMABOD Estate, Ikeja on his support for BBF.

"What BBF is trying to do is laudable in that they are preserving the future. When you preserve the mother, you are, invariably, preserving the child. When you preserve the child, you preserve the future. We have lost many lives through child birth and I believe that what Brown Button is doing is to prevent future reoccurence and any right thinking person will like to be associated with that."

Although Gaise had never relied on the public health care facilities, he expressed his concern for the health care system.

"I have heard a lot of bad things about the public health sector especially about the bad state of our facilities. I have not had much personal experience from there and that is not because I use private hospitals. My mother is a nurse and as a child, I had been treated at home. But then, I am a Nigerian and I am interested in what goes on in my society.

"I also appreciate the fact that BBF is not restricting its activities to Lagos alone like some other organizations who enjoy the luxury of their air-conditioned offices. Instead, they go to different places outside this region, even places that I have never heard before to sensitise the people who actually need the information. Some don't even know that they need proper care, pre delivery, delivery and post delivery so it is important to get them to know and then empower them with kits to deliver safe births. "

Gaise, notwithstanding is not ditching music for health care. The artiste who is signed on to Sanctified Records has a growing fan base that is predominantly drawn from South-West Nigeria. A popular blogger, Bella Naija remarked on the website that his lyrics in 'Follow Follow' are funny yet truthful in the way they made a mockery of the band-wagon effect that the music scene has on the youths who are fresh in the music industy.

Gaise has gradually become a household name in Pepsi Campus Tour while his music has earned him nominations in the Best Indigenous Concept Category at the Nigerian Music Video Awards 2011 and Best Video Category at The Africa Entertainment Awards 2012 in Malaysia. His masterly lyrical blend of English ,Yoruba and Pidgin English languages amongst other talents earned him The Scepters Award for New Revelation in 2011. Still, Gaise plans to expand his fan base in 2013 with fresh hot singles lined up for releases. It would be recalled that his debut album, GAISEBABA was released in August 2011.

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