The breakout star of yesterday’s event (okay, apart from Travis Greene that has won the hearts of everyone across the Nigerian church)? Tope Alabi.
Of course those who have been Pentecostals a long time know that she is a matron of worship – and far and beyond ‘Ore ti o common’. But she has been away from the mainstream for quite a while, and hasn’t been at The Experience ever before or even at any major Christian concerts or events.
The older Christians in the square were ready. Singing along, word for word, and soaking it all in.
A younger generation was, first, amazed by the depth of her no-vain-repetitions chants, and the command of the worship. They were meeting her for the first time. This, easily, and effortlessly the Yoruba answer to Chioma Jesus, whom everyone has already fallen in love with.
We are excited as to this “return” of Alabi (not that she went anywhere, as churches across the South West and listeners of Yoruba movie theme music would know) to the mainstream of gospel experiences, and, because The Experience is the most important exposer of talent, you can look forward to seeing her across churches in Nigeria in the coming year.
Which is exactly where she belongs.