#Oniduromi: Celebrities, Fans Call Tope Alabi “Petty” For Publicly Criticising Alaseyori

by Yinka Akanbi

Popular gospel artiste, Tope Alabi, has again come under fire for criticising the lyrics and propriety of ‘Onídúró mí’ (My Guarantor), a song which was recorded by fellow gospel singers, Tolu Adelegan and Adeyinka Akinyemi (aka Alaseyori) at different times.

In a video making the rounds on social media, Tope Alabi said God isn’t her guarantor because He is more than a guarantor.

According to Alabi, if Adeyinka Alaseyori had released the song from the Holy Spirit’s leading, she would understand that God is more than a guarantor and woukd not have said such a thing.

She added that there was a time she wanted to sing the same song but the Holy Spirit cautioned her against doing so.

However, Alabi’s criticism of the song, which made waves last year after its release, did not go down well with fans as it has elicited a backlash across social media platforms.

Commenting on the issue via Instagram, Nollywood actress, Anita Joseph, wrote, “But there’s nothing wrong with this line anyway. The song is blown, the thing don enter gospel musicians’ side. Open it season. Sending them LOVE and LIGHT kpichicom Awa’ m.” (sic)

Anothet Instagram user @aprokolandlord wrote: “No doubt I’m a big fan of Evangelist Tope Alabi and she rarely can’t do wrong in my eyes but running other people down publicly is way too petty and mean…why go on stage to discredit someone’s job, why not sing your song and leave? “ONIDUROMI” FOR ME WAS THE BIGGEST YORUBA CHRISTIAN SONG FOR 2020…DON’T BLOW SOMEONE ELSE’S CANDLE.OFF WHEN YOURS IS ALREADY SHINNING.”

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Circular music singer, Slimcase, opined that Tope Alabi could have had a private discussion with Alaseyori.

“Get wisdom; in all thy getting, get understanding. What if she holla at her and tell her in private. That’s why the Bible says ‘Come let us reason together'”, he wrote.

Kayode Ogundamisi, through his Twitter handle, thanked Tope Alabi for introducing him to the song through her criticism of the track.

He wrote: “Thank you Tope Alabi. Now I know about the song and it just speaks to the rough patch my family and myself have been passing through in over a year and how God has been our guarantor. Downloading the song. My ringtone. “ONÍÌDÚRÓ MI, Ẹ ṢÉ OOOO! Mo dúpẹ́!!”(sic)

Gospel singer, Sola Allyson, who also performed a version of the song, also weighed in on the knockdown of the trending song, insisting that God is the ultimate guarantor.

“Oníìdúró mi, Ẹ ṢÉ OOO! For me and many souls which connect to this song, Oníìdúró mi, we have stories which clearly show that we would have been forgotten long ago if not for the guarantor side of The FATHER that was expressed in our lives…

“I commend Yinka for making the song more accessible to souls all over the world and I wish her more help in all her doings,” her Instagram post partly read.

This is not the first time Tope Alabi is in the eye of the storm. Recall that TCN reported in February 2020 how fans had called her out for dancing “Zanku” (a dancestep popularised by circular music artiste, Zlatan Ibile).

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The gospel artiste, while replying her critics, had said she was dancing at her father’s burial and “people with “spiritual eyes” will understand what it means to bury one’s father.”

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