Esther Igbekele: Gospel Singer Clarifies Lyrics, Stays Committed to Her Genre
Esther Igbekele, a renowned gospel singer, has addressed misconceptions surrounding the lyrics used in her songs, stating that she has no intention of transitioning to secular music.
In an interview with Sunday Scoop, Igbekele explained, “In our world, a single sentence can be interpreted in various ways. For example, ‘obe’ in Yoruba can mean soup or knife. Two words can share the same spelling but possess different meanings. Therefore, my incorporation of secular words in gospel music does not imply a desire to be worldly or deviate from my original genre. It is simply a means of employing a familiar language for those who resonate with such expressions to grasp the intended message.”
Expressing her commitment to guiding the younger generation, Igbekele emphasized the importance of guiding her own children and their choice of friends. She expressed concern about the negative influences prevalent among today’s youth, acknowledging the distress of witnessing children from good Christian backgrounds succumbing to drugs and other vices.
She shared, “I frequently receive calls from individuals seeking guidance, and as a mother, I strive to offer counsel. Sometimes, it is not solely about the family upbringing; it also encompasses the company they keep and the schools they attend.”