Once again, the sensational gospel singer, Evangelist Tope Alabi may be facing another controversy over one of her recent songs and clip titled Aboru Aboye.
Aboru Aboye is one the salutations associated with Yoruba traditional worshippers. In the song, Tope sang gleefully and skilfully doing what she knows how to do best.
The song has however been differently interpreted by listeners. Some people claim that the traditional worshippers now adopt it and use it to promote their works.
The song has gone viral, many people have interpreted it severally, while many believed it was rendered to praise God some others hold to the belief that she sang it to celebrate the traditional worshippers.
A prophet in the name of Wolii Michael Ajayi Erigbemi has also made a clip to call on Evangelist Tope Alabi to either make further explanations or retract the clip. He made efforts to absolve the singer on the misunderstood portion of the clip as he struggled to explain the song might have been rendered to eulogise Jesus as the one who came to the world to make His life as a sacrifice for mankind.
No rebuttal or any confirmation has been heard from the popular wave making singer.
Evangelist Tope Alabi has variously been engrossed in similar controversies in her musical career. Such controversies included the misunderstanding in her songs when she sang, songs like Oti Jesu Pa mi, (meaning she was intoxicated with Jesus’s wine), her relationship with the late Prophet Ireti Ajanaku, her critique of Adeyinka Alaseyori in Oniduro Mi, some people have criticised her for her flamboyant dressings.
Prophet Michael Ajayi Erigbemi advised her to always try to check and vet her music spiritually so that she would not be easily falling into the hands of critics.
Perhaps it was interpreted that possibly she had been abandoned by the spirit of God, and she was advised to go out to deny and debunk it. It may be truly interpreted as Jesus died as a sacrifice for our sin, and Jesus rose the third day, born to live.
Meanwhile, people have reacted differently to the song. While some condemned the lyrics, some others have been applauding Evangelist Tope Alabi for the production.
Someone commented, “Here in Abeokuta, the Isese (traditional) people have been playing the song for their Odun Ifa (traditional celebration). Tope Alabi did the track for them, while another said, the song would have meant Jesus as a living sacrifice quoting Roman 12.1 which reads “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” adding that “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” quoting 1 Corinthians 1.18 and what the bible says about sacrifice in Psalm 50.
In some other thinking, Yoruba Christians are advised not to consign some key respectable Yoruba words to tradition but as part of the culture of the Yorubas. With this as well some traditional worshippers are already appreciating Evang. Tope Alabi as one of their own.
Aboru Aboye is one of the word of praise used by the traditional worshippers to salute themselves. How do you see and understand this? Your comments are welcome.
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