By Emmanuel Adeleke
Veteran gospel singer and Chairman, Board of Trustees, Gospel Musician Association of Nigeria (GOMAN), Evang Funmi Aragbaye, has knocked her colleague, Evang Tope Alabi, over the controversial use of ‘aboru aboye,’ a term commonly associated with traditional worshippers.
Aragbaye, while reacting to the controversy trailing the viral video Alabi, where she used Yoruba words associated with greetings by traditional worshippers, said the latter is behaving as if she is above God.
”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,” she said
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.”
Alabi had many talking following the viral video showing her singing a song in a Church using words associated with traditional worshippers.