Veteran gospel act and current chairman of the Board of Gospel Musicians Association of Nigeria, Funmi Aragbaye has criticized gospel singer, Tope Alabi for using “aboru barks”, a word commonly associated with Ifa worshipers, in the song that just came out.
Aragbaye, while reacting to the controversy that followed fellow gospel artiste Tope Alabi’s recent viral video where he used Yoruba words to express greetings from Ifa worshippers, said that this behavior as it is above God.
Alabi spoke loudly as a viral video showed him singing in church using words related to Ifa devotees. In an exclusive phone conversation with our reporter, Aragbaye said Alabi thought he was superior to anyone and even superior to God.
She said, ”Tope Alabi believes she is above everyone and God. She is not a member of GOMAN, nor is she a member of any other gospel association. She believes she is too much for it. She doesn’t belong to anyone; she is neither here nor there.
The current state of the country is why many act the way they do. People take God for granted for being so merciful. Many people today are just worshipping God with their mouths; it doesn’t come from their hearts.
“If you speak with Pastor Bola Are, she will tell you the same thing. Most people preaching do not know what they are preaching about. They emerged from nowhere onto the scene.”
Aragbaye, whose 1990’s Mo Gbo Ipe Olorun (Divine Call) was an instant hit, blamed the media for Alabi’s success, saying despite ”fumbling for many years, the media continues to promote her.”
Efforts by our reporter to get Alabi’s reaction to Aragbaye’s claims proved futile as the popular gospel act ignored messages sent and had the reporter blocked on Whatsapp.