Olayinka Ayefele is an incurable optimist. He believes nothing is impossible. Despite being in the wheelchair since 1997, he believes he will still walk again. He is a Nigerian music producer, on-air personality, entrepreneur, and gospel singer.
He sings a fusion of gospel with a high percussion beat called Gospel Tungba and has released several studio albums.
Yinka Ayefele Biography
Olayinka Joel Ayefele was born on the 1st of February, 1968 in Ipoti- Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria to the family of Chief Joshua Taiwo Ayefele. He started his education at Our Saviours Anglican Primary School, Ipoti- Ekiti. Then, he proceeded to Ondo State College of Arts and Science, Ikare- Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.
After his graduation, he searched for a banking job but found none. So, he joined the Federal Radio Corporation Nigeria, where he worked as a presenter. He was also producing jingles while honing his radio presenting skills.
He had been the leader of his church choir, and knew how to play several musical instruments before his accident. In December 1997 he got involved in a motor accident that affected his spinal cord. In a bid to raise funds for treatment overseas, he ventured into music on the advice of friends who recognised that he was a talented singer.
As a result, he released Bitter Experience in 1998 subsequently, he released Sweet Experience in 1999, he has since gone ahead to release other albums. The name of his band is Merrymakers.
He is married to Temitope Titilope. He met Temitope before the accident that resulted in the spinal cord injury, and they tied the knot in 2000. On January 18, 2019, the couple welcomed a set of triplets;2 boys and 1 girl at Holy Cross Hospital in the USA.
He mostly collaborates with Aloy Productions from 1999 to 2010 and Galaxy Music from 2009 to 2019 for the production of his albums. Some of his albums are:
- Bitter Experience, 1998
- Sweet Experience, 1999
- Something Else, 2000
- Divine Intervention, 2001
- Fun Fair, 2002
- Life After Death, 2003
- Aspiration, 2003
- Fulfillment, 2004
- New Dawn, 2005
- Next Level, 2006
- Gratitude, 2007
- Absolute Praise, 2008
- Transformation, 2009
- Everlasting Grace, 2010
- Prayer Point, 2011
- Goodness of God, 2012
- Comforter, 2013
- Overcomer, 2014
- Upliftment, 2015
- Fresh Glory, 2016
- Living Testimony, 2017
- Favour, 2018
- Beyond the Limits, 2019
His major investment is his Music house which consists of Fresh Fm 105.9MHz ( a commercial entertainment radio station)and a studio.
He is the Chief Executive Officer of Fresh FM 105.9MHz, which was established and fully licensed in April 2015. It began as an internet radio before becoming a terrestrial broadcasting station in Ibadan, Oyo State. The station also operates in Abeokuta, Ogun State and Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, with plans to spread its wings globally.
This radio station promotes, complement and revamp the entertainment and lifestyle sphere of her audience. It is one of the radio stations with heavy emphasis on lifestyle and entertainment. Fresh FM has won several awards including the Best Station in Nigeria in the 2019 Nigeria Media Nite-Out Awards. According to our findings, it’s the first time; a radio station outside Lagos will be winning such an award.
This music house was demolished by the Oyo state government stating that the property’s location contravene the stipulations by the town planning authority. This sparked outrage from fans and sympathizers in Ibadan, and a host of others criticizing the government’s action. According to the musician, the property is worth N800 million
Awards and Recognition
Yinka Ayefele is a multi-award winner. He has been recognized both locally and internationally. Some of his awards include;
- Member of the Order of the Niger, by Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, 2011
- Ekiti Cultural Ambassador Award
- Special Recognition Awards, Inspiration Awards of Excellence, 2015
- Heritage Awards, 2019
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