Gbenga Adeyefa-Ojomo

Gbenga Adeyefa-Ojomo was born into a Christian family of Pastor Daniel Ayodele and Esther Adeyefa-Ojomo. His parents made a request to God in prayers to give them a son who will play the Organ in worship of the Almighty God, play the organ during family devotions and a child like the biblical Prophet Samuel.

Education

Gbenga attended his secondary education both in Ibadan and Akure. After his secondary education, he gained admission into Yaba College of Technology Lagos to further his education in Building Technology. Afterward, he attended the Federal University of Technology, Owerri for a postgraduate degree in Environmental Technology, and later the University of Portsmouth UK for Building Surveying. Gbenga also has an Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry from Middlesex University and The Redeemer College respectively.

Journey into Music

Gbenga at a very tender age, single-handedly bought a mouth-organ from his savings. Interestingly, he taught himself the instrument and could play so many hymns excellently well on it.  Consequently, his dad noticed his skills and interest and enrolled him with various private music teachers.

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But alas, the music tutors were not able to deliver to his father expectation. For this reason, his father decided to relocate him to his station in Akure, Ondo State Nigeria from their family home in Ibadan, Oyo State. Pastor Daniel Ayodele Adeyefa-Ojomo purposely done this so that Gbenga will continue his music and secondary school education at his disposal.

Gbenga Adeyefa-Ojomo

While living with his dad at the new city, his father took him to the church where he worshiped and asked the organist and music director, Mr. Tunde Omojuwa-Adanri who is now a clergy to teach his son. Gbenga started his organ tutelage under Pastor Tunde Omojuwa-Adanri at Christ Apostolic Church Oke Alafia Akure. He played his first hymn tune, St George by Henry J. Gauntlett within three months of tutelage, during a Sunday service at the age of 13 years and onward.

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He later met his childhood friend, Dr. Ayodamope Oluranti and the duo became close friend till date. They trained under Elder Ayo Adeusi of blessed memories. In addition, they passed through the tutelage of Pa Kayode Oni, Pa Olaolu Omideyi (Late), Christopher Ayodele, Bunmi Osunlola of blessed memories and other great organists. They used all available resources from Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) to develop their music skills. The friendship took them to various churches in Nigeria to serve as guest organists.

Career

Gbenga was appointed to the post of Assistant Organist and Choir Trainer at Christ Apostolic Church Agbokojo Ibadan at the age of 17 years. During his study at the college, he was appointed organist at various churches, not for financial gains, but every church wanted to have him. He served as organist at Surulere Baptist Church Yaba, First Baptist Church Broad Street Lagos, Methodist Church Palm Avenue Mushin, Hoare’s Memorial Methodist Church Sabo Yaba, Christ Apostolic Church Itire Lagos, just to mention a few. He made a commitment to stop receiving salary/stipend for playing the organ after graduating from Yaba College of Technology.

Besides playing organ, he worked with Bouygues Offshores, ExxonMobil, First and Bank Nigeria PLC. Also, he served as Director of Projects at Bon Voyage and project. Gbenga managed the construction of the current Bon Voyage Hotel located at Victoria Island Lagos. In addition, he owned a private construction firm and a Travel and Tours Agency.

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Gbenga Adeyefa-Ojomo emigrated to United Kingdom by divine instruction and served as Director of Music at St Mary Magdalene Church of England Sheet, East Hampshire under Portsmouth Diocese United Kingdom alongside his secular job. Afterward, he was ordained as a Pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God in 2011.

Works

As a minister of religion, Gbenga is a seasoned organist, composer and musical artist. In fact, he produced an album titled Refreshing Moment Volume 1 in 2017, available on major digital streaming platforms. Also, he had written many choral works, songs, hymns, including

  • Ise Oluwa k’ole baje,
  • Are you ready? So, keep ready,
  • Adamu Keji l’a t’oke wa (Second Adam),
  • Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven,
  • Halleluya! Eri Oluwa Ni Mi, etc.

Specifically, his latest choral work titled Halleluya! Eri Oluwa Ni Mi., was completed on his Jubilee anniversary with his wife Kemi Adeyefa-Ojomo.

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Indeed, Gbenga is a blessing to the body of Christ and to the world.

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