Yinka Ayefele is a year older today
Gospel-tungba exponent, Yinka Ayefele is a year older today, February 1, 2016.Ayefele was born in Ekiti State and hails from Ipoti, a city in Ekiti State, southwestern Nigeria. He attended Our Saviours Anglican School, Ipoti-Ekiti for his primary and secondary education before he later proceeded to Ondo State College of Arts and Science at Ikare Akoko, Ondo State Nigeria.
Ayefele worked briefly as journalist and broadcaster at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Ibadan, where he also produced jingles and musical works on radio. He began his music career in 1997 after he was involved in an automobile accident which damaged his spinal cord and confined him to a wheelchair.
While in the hospital after spending about 9 months, his friend, Kola Olawuyi visited and advised him to put some songs together. This suggestion resulted in the release of his debut album titled, Bitter Experience in 1998 which brought him into limelight. The release of Bitter experience was followed by the release of Sweet Experience.
Other albums released by the gospel musician include Something Else, Divine Intervention and Life after death, released in honor of Gbenga Adeboye a Nigerian radio presenter, musician and comedian. The title Bitter Experience reflected his ordeal and Sweet Experience was the sweetness after a ‘Bitter Experience.’
The prolific musician has received over 200 awards. Among the awards are: Member of the Order of the Niger awarded by Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the former president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2011 and Ekiti cultural ambassador award.