The Gospel is too Precious to be meddled with the Secular World - Bayo Adegbite



Can we meet you?

I am Adegbite Adebayo Samuel. I'm a graduate of Political science from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. I was born into a family of five although, my father is late. He died far back in 1997. I'm a Music minister with a passion to preach Jesus all around the world with the sounds of Heaven. I hail from Oyo state, Nigeria.

The Gospel is too Precious to be meddled with the Secular World - Bayo Adegbite


With your father's death, how was growing up for you?

Well, It was really tough, especially for my mother who suddenly found herself a single parent. It was like the silver spoon was taken away, but nonetheless, she did everything in her power by the grace of God to give myself and my siblings quality education, good morals and taught us to love the Lord. A lot of credit goes to God through her. She is indeed a strong woman and I thank God for His grace upon her life.

What inspired your song, Aninilematanile?

Since the completion of my undergraduate studies, I have always trusted God for an unusual grace to compose songs that will bless many lives around the world. I just want to be a vessel unto honour. One day, as I was heading back home from work, I started singing in the spirit (singing in tongues), and then a melody struck my heart. I couldn't stop singing it, but it was still in tongues. Then, I asked God to help put words of understanding to fit into the melody, and not long after, I remembered a beautiful name of God I got to know at one of our rehearsals in the university fellowship meeting (RCFOAU). The name, Aninilematannile! meaning, the Inexhaustible God, The One who is All-Sufficient. That was it! A new song had arrived!


The Gospel is too Precious to be meddled with the Secular World - Bayo Adegbite


Interesting. When did you start music?

I have been involved in music since childhood. In fact, every member of my family sings really well. However, I started singing professionally in 2015 when I released my debut single.

As a gospel artiste, please narrate your salvation experience?

I got saved through a friend way back in 2007. He just showed me love and then I saw how things were working out for him. That was when I decided to give God a chance. Now I actually know that He was the one who gave me that chance and I have no regrets!


Who do you consider your music mentors? Your role models who had a direct or indirect influence in your style of music?

My music mentor is my mother, Mrs Adegbite Stella Olayide. She taught me how to stay on key by dragging me to weekly services to lead the praise and worship lol and Role models are Don Moen, Wale Adenuga and Nathaniel Bassey.

NNI: God, Music and Man... What do you think is the bond?
Bayo Adegbite: God is the originator of music and also the creator of man. The bond here is that, music is one of the most potent weapon in the hands of men to establish and advance the kingdom of God on earth.
NNI: Wow! Recently Tasha Hobbs collaborated with Nicki Minaj. What do you think of gospel artistes collaborating with secular ones?
Guest: I'm not one to judge, but if i could just lend my voice. My stand is that Whatever is Gospel is too precious to be meddled with the secular world. There's a distinct line between we do in the kingdom and what goes on in the secular. We preach Christ, they preach self, so when we involve the secular guys in collaboration, in my opinion I think there's a loss of sense of identity.

What's the future of gospel music in Nigeria?

The future of Gospel music in Nigeria is beyond words can say or describe. There's an army rising in this country. God is raising music ministers after His heart. Music ministers are churning out great songs. And believe soonest, our songs will change the course of this country, Africa, and the world at large  for good.


How do you balance your music with other obligations-- career, etc?

It's not easy but I'll just say that you will always find time for whatever you love or love doing. So with God's help I try to prioritise well.


What is your greatest challenge as a musician?

I don't know how best to answer this but, I put a lot of good pressure on myself and the good pressure is to better the person I was yesterday by improving today, but Jesus is up to the task through me. Let me just say, staying positive and motivated in midst of discouragements is my greatest challenge.


You started in 2015? Wow! That's great. What do you count as your achievements so far?

I believe my greatest achievements is how the songs God has given has touched the lives of people. Recently someone told how she got baptised in the Holy Ghost with evidence of speaking in tongues while singing one of the songs God gave me. That for me is a great achievement!


Where do you see yourself in next five years?

Well I believe by then by the special grace of God, I would have joined of frontiers in the gospel music ministry in Nigeria and the world at large to keep advancing the kingdom of God through music 


What advice would you love to say to your supporters and to inspire other musicians? 

To all those who have supported me so far, I want to say a big thank you. I'm immensely grateful. I also humbly ask that you keep praying for me like you've always done. May God keep us all in Jesus name. I love you all. To fellow music ministers, we must keep pushing for excellence and trust God for every step we intend take. let's keep raising the banner of Christ, drawing men solely to Him.


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