Several Nigerian pastors have shared their opinions on the use of ‘Aboru Aboye’ in a popular gospel song by Tope Alabi. While some pastors believe there is nothing inappropriate about the lyrics, others disagree and argue that traditional language should not be included in gospel music. Last Friday, Alabi gained attention for her latest song, which consists of the phrase ‘Aboru Aboye,’ commonly used by Ifa worshippers to greet initiates, also known as ‘Babalawo.’ Her choice of lyrics has sparked discussions both online and offline.
In the viral video, Alabi can be heard singing the lyrics.;
‘Emi ni aboru, aboye… abiye ni mi, Oruko mi ni yen. Mo de bo, mo ru, mo ye,” (I am a sacrifice, that’s my name. I am a sacrifice accepted by God, that’s my name).
In response to the widely circulated video, Pastor Lanre Kayode, Senior Pastor of the Christ Apostolic Church in Shibiri, Lagos, stated that any controversy surrounding the video may be attributed to certain individuals’ inadequate comprehension of the Yoruba language. Pastor Kayode expressed his opinion that,
“It’s a language thing. I see nothing wrong with what she said. She was simply praising God.”