Nigerian gospel artiste, Tope Alabi, has heaped praises on her late father for praying for her despite their differences while she was growing up.
Tope Alabi made this known in a tribute to her father, Joseph Akinyele Obayomi, who died at the age of 89 on December 16, 2019.
The wake-keep and praise night service for Pa Obayomi, took place on Wednesday at his residence in Oshodi, Lagos, while the final burial was held on Thursday, The Nation reported.
However, the gospel singer also noted that she was a thorn on her father’s flesh because of her interest in Theater Art but her father kept praying for her to succeed.
“I remember how receptively slow people thought I was; how overbearingly unassuming I was. I remember how stubborn I was too. Despite my receptive attitudes, I didn’t project the character of decency when I was growing. I would jump at any available ‘bolekaja’ and off I would go,” she said.
“I remember becoming a thorn in your flesh Daddy, when I chose to join a theatre group. Your expectation was that I would start working after college but I joined the Nigerian Theatre Practitioners as an itinerant actor, going from one film location to another with or without invitation.
“I remember how it was almost impossible to believe that I would be a source of blessings to my parents…But I can’t forget that despite your chastisement and frustrations, you still prayed for me anytime you wanted to pray, telling God what you wanted me to become…”