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How COZA Pastor, Biodun Fatoyibo Victimised Me -Gosple Singer, Kefee

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Kefee-restaurantWhen you see a Pastor who is quick to condemn, look closely, his hands are not clean.
Popular singer Kefee has revealed her encounter with Senior Pastor of Abuja-based ministry; Commonwealth of God Assembly (COZA) Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo and how he rubbished her through his aide due to a scandal, but the same pastor today has not been able to clear his own messy scandal.

Irikefe Obareki popularly known as Kefee is a Nigerian live performing/ recording female artiste, a United Nation Young Ambassador for Peace and a modern day African music ambassador to the world.

A passionate singer, song writer and skilled dancer, the Sapele, Delta State-born artiste, Kefee said… “His P.A called me on phone to say, the Pastor said the church does not want anything to do with me again, because there are top government officials attending the church.” But now the story has changed.

In this chat below Kefee reveals her encounter with the Pastor…

Some people were not happy because you featured Timaya in Kokoroko and he’s a secular singer. How would you react to that?
Before I react to that question, let me tell you a short true story. In 2008, I was invited to perform at a church in Abuja for the second time. The publicity for the show was massive, they had distributed invitation card to guests, and people were even calling to confirm if I was going to perform. Infact, I got copies of the flyers weeks before the show.

I was getting ready to go to airport when I got a call from the Pastor’s P.A asking if I had seen a certain newspaper’s story about me. I said yes, it was a scandal, and he said they don’t want to have anything to do with me because of the scandal. Besides, he added that they have top government officials who worship in their church, and all sort. I said ok.

But the so-called senior pastor, who called me initially to plead with me to accept a certain amount because it was a new church couldn’t call me again, he had to send his P.A to talk to me. He didn’t care what happened to me, if it was true what was said about me by an angry, bitter man. I felt really low not because I didn’t do the show but because they cared not about what happened to me, because that would have end my career.

Pastor-Fatoyinbo

Pastor-Fatoyinbo

Later, I called Timaya, we met at studio somewhere in Festac town, and Timaya asked me about the scandal, which he told me what I expected a man of God would’ve told me. I remember, Timaya said to me; “Don’t worry, if your hands are clean, you will see God turn things around for you. God will help you my sister”

I say this in all sobriety, after which we recorded Kokoroko. When Kokoroko came out and Timi Dakolo listened to it, he said “Kefee, you dey make me like God in a different way”

Sometimes one wonders, if these truly, holy men are of God or of gods.
Who would have ever thought that the man of God in question, who now has his share of scandal and is still planning a robust reply would act that weird, So when I heard people talking about me featuring Timaya, it sounds funny. God can use anything, anybody at anytime.

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kefee_-_5Irikefe Obareki popularly known as Kefee is a Nigerian live performing/ recording female artiste, a United Nation Young Ambassador for Peace and a modern day African music ambassador to the world.

Her unique afro-centric music appeal recently received global recognition when she was selected as the poster African artiste for 2011 edition African music at The African Festival of the Arts in Chicago (AFA).

With her well lauded performance in Chicago, Kefee has now joined the hallowed list of other African music greats to mount the same platform such as Angelique Kidjo and Hugh Masekela.

That international exposure among numerous other tours to several parts of Africa, Europe and the rest of the world is a further testament to her growing cross-cultural music appeal.

Her recognition as United Nation Ambassador for Peace is in recognition of her contribution towards bringing lasting peace to troubled regions in Nigeria such as the Niger Delta region where she hails of from and lately the Northern Nigerian city of Jos, Plateau State. Aside recently staging a concert and donating relief items to victims of violence in Jos, she also led over 20 artistes representing diverse cultures to record a peace song.

In 2005, she was honoured as Kora Award’s Best African Traditional Award South Africa. Kefee’s afro-pop music appeal has seen her work worked with artistes from around the African continent such as Ghana’s Becca.

A passionate singer, song writer and skilled dancer, the Sapele, Delta State-born artiste has three solo albums to her credit including Branama (2003), Branama II (200X) and A Piece of Me (2009).

Although her professional foray into music began with a joint album with a friend known as Estee entitled Trip (2000), however her first solo effort released in 2003 was greeted to a rousing reception.

Branama sold nine hundred (900,000) thousand audio cassettes within three weeks of the album’s release and over two million copies of CDs/VCDs in a month. She became the hottest Nigerian female artiste and won a number of awards.

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