Primary School and Lagos African Church Grammar School. Both schools are
located at College Road, Ogba. We studied English Language and
Literature at the University of Lagos.
our parents were not regular churchgoers. We used to accompany our
neighbours to church. Gradually, we fell in love with the arts and we
loved to sing, dance and act. Afterwards, my late twin sister, Taiwo and
I met the late Evangelist Sonny Okosun, through his niece, who was our
classmate in secondary school. As young as we were then, he took us to
Ivory Music, and convinced them to give us a record deal. We released
our first album which was titled Jesus Came to Africa, in 1999 and our
second album, The Child of I Am, was released in 2002.
challenges. One of the challenges we faced was that we were in junior
secondary school when we started singing and there were times when our
career clashed with our classes. Our parents were quite confused because
they saw the rate at which our career was growing at that time and they
wanted us to be focused on our education. They did not know whether to
support our career or make us face concentrate on schooling. At some
point, they realised that even though our interest in music was genuine,
we were not going to allow it come between us and schooling.
It was an interesting experience, even though we did not want to take
up the offer because we did not want to dabble in acting. We got offers
to feature in other productions but we turned them down because most of
the roles did not align with our image as gospel artistes.
Because we were young stars, the music label did not take us serious.
Even after we did the first album and it became a hit, they found it
difficult to treat us like other artistes. We did not even have a proper
contract. Looking back at all that happened, I can say we were
exploited because we did not know the music business. We released two
albums on that label and till date, we got next-to-nothing for our
efforts. At the moment, I am not affiliated to any record label because
of my previous experience. I want to float my own label as soon as I
have the resources to do so. The brand has come of age and I think it is
time for me to own a record label. There are so many brands out there
that are not as old as the Oshadipe Twins, but they are doing very well.
remains the lowest point of my life. That I survived the experience is
still a mystery. We were together right from the womb and to have her
suddenly snatched away is the most hurtful aspect of my life. I am
coping with the loss but I can never get over her death. We were very
close and did everything together. Having to forge ahead with my life
and career without her love, care and guidance, is a heart-wrenching
experience. Every day, I wish she never died. I am thankful to God that
she left me a piece of her. Caring for her young son, soothes the pain I
feel and calms my spirit. I miss everything about her.
It is no longer news that Taiwo, suffered cardiopulmonary failure and
the NGO, has been educating people about the condition. We have a lot of
notable Nigerians including Yinka Ayefele, and the specialist who
treated my late sister, on the board of the NGO.
which was produced by Wole Oni. I am working on a new single that will
be released soon. After Taiwo passed away, I took a break from music.
This was to allow me mourn her passage and also get myself together. It
has not been easy but I thank God that gradually, I am planning my
return to music. I plan to continue to use the name Oshadipe Twins. Even
though Taiwo is no longer with us, it will be a disservice to her
memory if I drop the name. I don’t see her death affecting my music
career because everywhere I go, I carry her in my heart.
marry is my career. Being a female artiste is tough and it always has an
effect on one’s love life. It takes only someone who really loves you
to support your career. People have a lot of negative impressions about
artistes. I am no longer young and as soon as the man is ready, I am
also ready. I have reached a point in my life when I want to have a home
and make babies.
who is now my son. I watch cartoons with him when I am not performing or
recording at the studio. Apart from that, I like to hang out with my
friends and parents especially. I visit my parents almost every day
because it is therapeutic for them and me as well. Ever since Taiwo
died, they have become very protective of me.
classy. I love to play with colours because it helps me to stand out. A
lot of times, I dress according to my mood.