By CHRISTY ANYANWU
Victoria Oladunni Olarenwaju is the President of Opelope Anointing Music Organization. She’s known for her soul lifting and inspiring gospel songs and has released many albums and videos but the one that brought her so much recognition and fame was her 7th album titled Opelope Anointing, Aiye Iba Ba Irawo Mi Je. She spoke with Sunday Sun about her firsts recently.
My first album is Adun Igbeyawo released in 1988. People are still asking for it. The album sold well.
I recorded Adun Igbeyawo video but Opelope Anointing video is the one I’ll talk about. It did so well in Nigeria and abroad. It’s still evergreen and loved all over.
First time as a singer
That was in 1976 at Ikorodu in Lagos State. It was during a programme at CAC chapel. I didn’t experience stage fright, because I was in my village choir in Oyo State. Since I was the choir mistress in the village, when I came to Lagos, I had to continue singing.
First performance outside church
That was in 1977 precisely. It was during an agric show. I went for a six-month programme in Agriculture and the last day of the programme was a show I featured in. I rendered ewi at the event.
First trip abroad
It was to Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), London and it was great. That was the first time I ministered abroad. Daddy Ashimolowo said I would minister in his church first before I attend any other church to perform in UK. I was lodged in a beautiful hotel in London. The event was a KICC annual programme and I spent two weeks in London. I spent one week with KICC before I went to another host.
It was a Mercedes Benz. To be precise, a baby Benz which I gave out eventually.
A storey building I built in 2001.
I had him in 1981. In fact, I was so happy when I was pregnant. I looked at him with excitement and joy anytime I cuddled him. He’s now working in Lagos.
He was born in 2009 and his name is OreOluwa.
First child’s wedding
It was my first daughter’s wedding in 2013.