Pastor Mrs Gbemi Olaleye whose album, “Letter Ayo” made waves in the late 80s and early 90s has explained how she got inspiration to write the song.
She gave the explanation during an interview session on Revival and Reformation TV; an online television. The gospel artiste recalled that she got the inspiration for the song when she visited Lagos while she was still a Nursing student at University College Hospital, Ibadan.
The Lord, according to her, inspired her to write the song when she saw hordes of commuters in Lagos struggling to catch train and buses.
She said, “I was at the School of Nursing, at the University College Ibadan and I came to Lagos, precisely to Yaba. As I was doing my stuff, shopping, I saw many people. I saw people going like a multitude in the Valley of Decision trying to catch the train and enter buses.
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“I then wondered in my heart, how many people are going to heaven here? How many people know Jesus? And then I was thanking God in my heart for the good news of salvation and that I had received mine. In order not to be selfish, it dawned on me that I should write a song in that direction.”
Olaleye who has been in the singing ministry for over 40 years said she then wrote, “mo ti gba leta Ayo, mo ni seru aye mo” meaning I have received (a letter of joy) good news I will no longer be a slave to the world.
“The letter Ayo is the good news of Jesus Christ. He has delivered me from the slavery market of the world. He has delivered me from the world.” she said.
Apart from Letter Ayo, she has released other albums, like, it’s gonna be okay, Iyanu Lolorun Wa, Ore Ofe, and several others that have continued to make an impact in the lives of people.
She has over the years also been ministering along with her husband, Bishop Abraham Olaleye, during crusades and various outreaches and meetings across the globe.
The songstress urged upcoming gospel artists to be original in their presentation and remain humble. “Pride will make you fall. Be original, be humble, and wait on God to lift you. Be yourself, be like Jesus. Keep the faith” she said.