Toyin Ogunniyi is a girl born
of Nigerian parentage and she grew up and schooled in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital before
relocating to the United States of America in the early 2000s. She has been
doing great as a Gospel artiste. Our journalist, had a discussion with her
recently- herein is the excerpt below-
My name is Toyin Ogunniyi, I'm
from Ogun state Nigeria. But my husband is from Osun State. I'm happily married
and God blessed us with 2 lovely kids. I have a degree in microbiology and I'm
presently pursing another degree in nursing. My stage name is Toein
How did you come across your stage name-Toein?
Toein my stage name was adopted when I was a teenager. Toein is just a funky spelling of how my name sounded and it has been part of me for a very long time.
How long have you been singing?
I have been singing since I was
a little kid. I only took interest in recording in 2002 and it's been an
Did your parents raise any
eyebrow about you going in the music ministry?
Not at all. They were happy about it and they gave me all the necessary
My mentors are Cece Winans
Isreal Hougston Darlene Zeche Kenny Kore Lily Odesola
Now that you are not in
Africa, do you intend to introduce your international audience to Yoruba gospel
Of course. There is nothing like upholding your heritage. I'm working on
something presently and I'm sure everyone will love it.
How do you combine work,
music ministry and your family?
I can only say it's being God. It has not been an easy journey, but when you
have God and he called you to it, he ll surely see you through it. That's my
How many singles do you have
at the moment?
Five singles and I hope to produce an album very soon!
What is your opinion about
this assertion that gospel music of today does not have the same level of inspiration
like that of some generations ago?
Big question..... The issue is the genuine love for God has waxed cold in this
present generation. And it's what you have in that will manifest outside. I
pray God restores our first love for him so we can do wonders too in this
What do you have to say to
Live for God and God alone, no matter what is going on around you. Do not be
distracted by all that the devil has made available in this so called jet age
and miss heaven. No matter how unreal it sounds Jesus is coming soon, do not be
caught unaware. God bless you.
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