*Tell us about Tola
Ans: Tola is an enthusiastic young lady who is passionate about the gospel and is a graduate of sociology from the University of Lagos, she has three siblings, she is from Abeokuta but lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
*What was your growing up like?
Ans: Hmn… Growing up was interesting, I thank God for my parents especially my mum who has been a Rock through the years, she made my growing up AMAZING. She selflessly gave me a cool childhood and even adulthood laughs. I love my parents.
*What got you into gospel music?
Ans: The gospel and my Passion… I am not sure there is enough time for me to explain this now (laughs)
The Gospel of Jesus instructed me and my passion inspired me…
*In your opinion, Is the gospel adequately passed through music?
Ans: I have a lot to say on this but let me keep it simple. Music is a very influential tool and medium of disseminating messages, this has gone a long way in the passage of the gospel. It has been very effective round the world and for centuries.
You know, you can be in a room and your music gets to the world. Today the internet has made this even faster. So far, I’d say yes, the gospel is being adequately passed through music. And we’re all still working.
*Are you just into gospel music alone?
Ans: Yes. The gospel all the way
*Where do you get your inspiration from?
Ans: I wish i could say its just from the inside but that would feel like taking credit, its actually from God on the inside of me. You know, he lives in me and supplies me inspiration to write his message to his lovely people.
There’s a scripture that explains how that works (laughs)
*Do we get to see another side of you singing circular music?
Ans: No, because that is not part of my assignment.
I am assigned to reach the world for Jesus Christ with his gospel- the word of hope and salvation.
I consider that the greatest privilege in life.
*What motivates you as a person?
Ans: God’s word and my music!
*Tell us about your single “Surrounded”
Ans: This has become my favourite part of interviews- talking about the surrounded song, every time I am inspired to talk about it in a new way because its a sound born out of revelation- its like every time you listen to it God gives you a new meaning. I have heard people say that this month.
Surrounded is a message of assurance from God to us about his present presence with us. Many times when asked we say God is with us but we do not seem conscious of it especially in the face of trying times, we tend to forget out of tension or fear. And this is the whole revelation- that He is still there in that terrible situation, there to deliver! Its a mind set or better said- its a true state of mind born out of Faith. That we are surrounded by God in all things.
*Where there challenges faced?
Ans: Well yes, there were times we had to start over, review and also moments we had to take strong decisions and make major moves just like any great project. You have tough moments while working but you forge ahead anyway.
*What are your plans in terms of circulating the new single?
Ans: We have been promoting surrounded quite effectively since we premiered last month, people have been streaming, we have been on the radio since July and now we are here on the news (laughs), we also have the music on digital platforms- All In July by God’s grace. All i can say is we’ll keep going, we’ll keep working. More to come.
*In the music industry, who are you mentors in Nigeria and globally?
Ans: Hmn… My senior Pastor Kenneth Adams is my mentor as we speak. However I have role models, most people close to me know about five women that are close and special to my heart, My mum, Maranda Curtis, Sinach, Tasha Cobbs, Bukola Bekes. I follow them from a distance because I admire them and they’re are daughters of God. For me, Those are role models.
*So tell us, five years from now, what do you see coming your way?
Ans: Wow! Well, following our projections from this end, we hope to have concluded about 3-4 albums as well as reach out through the country.
We see great international collaborations coming, global recognition and acceptance, tours, more concerts, more global engagements. We see God expanding our brand to reach the world, you know, that audience he prepared us to reach out to with the gospel.
its a global assignment for us and so we see the Lord bringing more our way from that direction.
*When you wake up in the morning, what are your wishes for Nigeria?
Ans: Wishes… Hmn. I prefer to call it heart’s desire and for me its that the Lord restores Glory back to our Nation Nigeria, in all the many ways there is a fall short…
*And finally, what message do you have for your followers out there?
Ans: The surrounded song is to help us navigate through seasons of life but we must Put FAITH in front of all that’s coming ahead. Please believe God for real- This changes the whole narrative. Settle it in your heart that God surrounds you, judge him Faithful.