Funmi Afolarin: Shaping Nigeria’s contemporary music industry
Funmi Afolarin is a songwriter, recording artist and an African contemporary gospel singer.
She is arguably one of the most versatile and unique gospel artists in the country currently. Consistency, hard work, originality and God’s grace have been the main factors that have kept her music career in the last 17 years.
The music entrepreneur recorded her first album titled ‘Iwo Ni Maa Sin’ meaning ‘I’ll Worship You’ in December 2013 and since then has made a mark in the Nigerian gospel music industry.
“I have an album and a few singles currently and plans are ongoing to release another album in a couple of months following my next project ‘The glory Concert’,” she says.
Her ministry is mainly centered on love for God and people.
Funmi’s love for singing inspired her music business as a teenager in her father’s church.
With support from family and friends, Funmi was able to quickly discover her musical prowess.
She has performed and ministered in various ministries, concerts, seminars and conferences both locally and internationally since becoming a teenager and currently has an alum and few singles to her credit.
The young musician is having a live recording concert on the 8th of March to inspire people and bring them to Christ as she ministers using her life experiences and personal testimonies.
Afterwards, she plans to launch the songs into an album, making it her second since starting her music careers.
“I have been through so much in the last five years and the live recording songs would be purely testimonies of the young girl that God has helped and kept,” Funmi says.
“Also, it’s an opportunity to remind the people that Gods not forgotten His children regardless of the pain and struggles. When life doesn’t make sense, God will always make sense,” she adds.
Funmi says that her songs inspire and bring people to Christ as it ministers’ salvation.
She notes that the Nigerian music industry is gradually taking over the global stage and this has continued to encourage youths to take up careers as musicians.
“Nigerian music is taking over the world and this is very encouraging. The recognition for Nigerian artist has become normal,” she says.
“This is attributed to the hard work of a lot of musicians and corporate organisations that understand the role and effect of music and entertainment in the global space,” she adds.
She says lack of adequate finance has remained the major hurdle to most music businesses in the country, adding that God has always provided last-minute finance in her case.
Funmi urges the government to give more support to the creative industry through the provision of cheap credits to players while tackling issues of piracy which has continued to kill the intellectual property of talented Nigerian artists.
She also advises the government to provide key infrastructural facilities like adequate power supply to reduce music production costs.
“Most music producers do not depend on PHCN for power when music production is concerned and this cost is automatically taken on by the content owner.”
On her advice to other musical entrepreneurs, she says, “Know that God is the author of vision, so always seek his face for direction. Talent is not enough. Keep practicing! Handwork is key.”
Funmi received her primary education at Anifowoshe Primary school. Obtained her secondary education at Ogba grammar school.
Funmi obtained her higher education degree in Lagos state University, where she studied Accounting. Recently she completed her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Business school Netherlands.