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Ada Ehi is the face behind the household song ‘Only You Jesus’ and a minstrel in Believers’ Love World (Christ Embassy). ‘The Lady god’ met with some journalists recently where she talked about her ministry, her non craze for endorsements, her life as a full time gospel artiste and her seventh video album music video tagged ‘I Overcame’ which would be launched soon. Chinyere Abiaziem brings the excerpts:
Can you talk more about yourself?
My life is a story of God’s grace. I am a lady made extra ordinary by the steadfast love of Christ Jesus. I am a Nigerian born International gospel music minister, singer, songwriter, recording and performing musician who by the influence of the Holy Spirit authored songs like- ‘Only You Jesus’, ‘I Testify’, ‘Jesus (You Are Able)’, ‘Bobo Me’, ‘Cheta’, to mention a few. I was born to Victor and Mabel Ndukauba in the 80’s.Along with my three brothers I grew up surrounded by music especially Christian sounds. At just about the age of 10 , I was selected to be a member of the Girls band of the very successful and famous Nigerian child star Tosin Jegede. We graced many stages along with a host of legendary music giants of the time. I graduated from Lagos State University where I studied Chemical and Polymer Engineering and came in contact with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome through the Believers’ Love World campus ministry. Presently I am gearing up for my third studio album which is due to be out by the second half of this year. My debut album ‘Undenied’ was released in November 2009 following up with a double disc sophomore album ‘Lifted and So Fly’ released in November 2013. Two years ago my song ‘Our God Reigns’ won the best song of the year at the prestigious Loveworld Music Awards. I am married to Ehi Moses and together we are blessed with two children. I am actively involved with the music ministry of Christ Embassy where I worship with my family, ministering with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome in several programs around the world.
How long have you been in this industry?
Ever since I graduated in 2007. As soon as I graduated I went straight into gospel music.
How has it been since 2007 when you came into the gospel music industry?
It has been beautiful, you know gospel music is a calling, it is God’s business. So I have the best world in the world.
What brand of gospel music are you much into?
I do gospel pop, alternative rock and electric dance music (EDM).
How many collections of song are in the soon to be unveiled album?
I have about 19.
What is the central theme?
It is about Jesus.
Does it bother you that secular artistes get more endorsements than gospel artistes?
You know when you say secular, it is about show, money, popularity while the gospel is about preaching the message of Jesus Christ. So we have different proprieties as we are not on the same mission. You know it is your destination that determines where you take. We are not here for fame, promoting looks, money or Ada. We have a mission of winning souls which we are more interested in. We are not here to get endorsements but to use music to preach and win souls. So if they have more endorsements that is what they are about. They are about fame and they are going to go look for it. We are not looking for it, for us if it comes praise God.
But you have an endorsement yourself?
Are you into music full time?
Yes music is full time for me likewise being a mum and a wife. Before I came out for this interview I had to revise with my children and I had to get them ready for school as well.
Why have you chosen this path- gospel music?
I did not choose it, I was called into doing gospel music.
You look glamorous…
Yes, because looking good is God’s business. When you look at the stars, sky, the waterfalls, when you see the signature of the creator you see that he is in the business of looking good. I carry God so I have to look like an emissary from heaven. Don’t you think?
It is observed that you do not expose your body like some ladies?
You do not have to be naked to look good. Just be comfortable in your own skin. Beauty is not in the cost of the things you wear but how you wear what you wear. I am celebrating the church way of dressing which is the godly way because there is lack of modesty in the society. You can see in my music videos that most of my dresses are ‘Mary Amaka’(non exposing). As Christians we need to teach the world the way to go and make impact in making people look godly.
What is your beauty routine like?
I just wash and cleanse my face every night. I eat lots of fruits.
How can you describe your kind of person?
I am a kind of person unique in my own way through the help of the Holy Ghost. While growing up I had the challenge of accepting my uniqueness, I thought there was something wrong with me because I was always different. But with the help of the spirit of God I had to accept myself knowing that I have a message for a particular crowd.
Is your husband into music too?
Well he is into entertainment but he majorly works for Pastor Chris Oyahkilome.
So how did your husband meet you?
He met me in church. I am a church girl. I met him while serving God in church after service. You know it is good to be committed in church. If I did not stay back in church I wouldn’t have met him. I was carrying out church duties when he was like ‘Waooh! Hello’ and I was like ‘Who is this one?’
How was your first pregnancy?
That was two years after I got married. It was okay, I had no complications.
Can you talk about your most favourite songs?
I think some of my most favourite songs are yet to be released. But then I still love ‘Only You Jesus’ and ‘I Testify’.
What does your newest music video ‘I Overcame’ depicts?
It tells of the victory we have as Christians in Christ Jesus. It depicts warrior and victory
What kind of person is Pastor Chris to you and other people like Sinach and, Frank Edward?
Pastor Chris is a father, he taught me excellence; there is nothing I put out there that he does not know about. He is very hands-on and interested in the progress of the musicians in the church. He tells us every day that this is why you are born and this is what you are meant to be doing. He prays with us, prays for us, teaches us, counsels us, and supports us financially and otherwise. He is one of the fantastic and one of the most amazing individuals.
How do you get inspiration to write your songs?
I get inspiration from God through the help of the Holy Spirit and then everyday happenings in our society which individuals can easily relate with. I allow the Holy Spirit to breathe on me to influence the contents of my songs. I am mindful of what I allow into my system, I do not give access to any song or anything that will get me depressed or polluted. The devil is not joking, if you put up gospel music he will put up something that would get you depressed or polluted.
Do you think the Church as a body is doing well to support their own?
Of course yes. First of all if God gives you a gift you must express it, if the church does not allow you minister to the people whom you have been called to minister, I won’t be standing here today.
Gospel music in Nigeria, what is your take on this, do you think we are where we are supposed to be?
Gospel music in Nigeria is doing fantastic. There is so much hurt going on the society and if I check your phones I will find there are a lot of gospel songs that minister to people and help them out of trying times. The media has not paid so much attention to the impact of these gospel songs, so that is why we are consciously reaching out to the media to pay attention to gospel music. It is filling, strengthening, building and healing. I know a lot of gospel artistes who have the best selling record and make fantastic sales. I released a video ‘Jesus’ two months ago and it hit over one million views in a month, when you have a lot of secular music videos struggling with 300,000 in a month. God is in the business of changing lives and he is doing it by seconds.
It is quite certain that you must have gone to many countries with Pastor Chris?
If I start counting, I can’t tell where I have been on one hand or two hands.
What do you see as the challenges in your industry?
The challenge we have is basically piracy in Nigeria. But thank God for the digital platform and the global exposure.
How about personal challenges?
Like I said I did not choose doing gospel music but God called me. So when God calls one he equips one.
How was your first day on stage?
That was a long time ago when I was a little girl as one of Tosin Jegede’s backup singers.
How come people have not been hearing about you like Frank Edwards and Sinach?
Now you are hearing about me. People know my songs but sometimes cannot place the face.
Do you have any message for your fans?
I really do not like calling people fans but my message to everyone is that what you need is one word from God which could change your life forever. That is why we sing ‘One Word From God’.
Where do we see Ada in the nearest future?
Ada is going to keep saturating the media as if she is the only one God gave birth to.