Yoruba Actor and musician Yemi Ayebo, also known as Yemi, My Lover, has publicly criticized gospel singer Tope Alabi on social media, saying she has neglected him since becoming famous. The movie star admitted that Tope Alabi worked as his apprentice in the 1990s in videos that have gone viral.
Yemi, however, remarked that now that the gospel singer had succeeded, he couldn’t recall any help or support she had ever given him. Even though he went to deliver an invitation to Tope Alabi’s office personally, he claims that she has been avoiding his calls, failing to show up to his birthday celebration from the previous year, and failing to send him gifts too. Yemi said that some gospel singers display worse moral qualities than regular people. He said:
“Tope Alabi was my apprentice in the movie industry in the 90s. Now that she has made it, I can’t remember any help she ever rendered to me. She doesn’t even pick up my calls. Last year when I wanted to celebrate my birthday, I personally took the invitation letter to her office but she neither came note send any gift to me.
She didn’t even wish me a happy birthday but I am not mad, that is her way of life. Some of these gospel singers have worse character man regular people”.
Tope Alabi recently received harsh criticism after referring to herself in one of her songs as “ebo,” which means sacrifice. A form of greeting used by Ifa initiates, “Aboru Aboye,” was also heard being sung by the singer in Yoruba. In the viral song, she said: “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).”
The lyrics sparked a flurry of comments on social media. Tope, who was seen serving in a white robe church, responded to the criticism by declaring in a video that “Aboru Aboye” is an actual Yoruba language and not just the domain of traditionalists.