Popular Nigerian gospel music icon, Yinka Ayefele, has launched his radio station in Ibadan. An internet-based radio station, “Ayefele Fresh FM” is on radio FM frequency 90.9 and streams on radio and via the internet to Nigerians at home and in the diaspora.
The new radio station has been running a test transmission service for nearly a week now from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
According to gospel musician Yinka Ayefele, the radio service will broadcast information and entertainment services aimed at addressing social issues and promoting the African cultural heritage.
According to a Welcome to Our Online Radio post made by the musician/broadcaster, the vision and mission of the radio station are –
- Vision: As a community broadcaster, Ayefele Fresh FM strives toward the provision of an independent, quality radio station where diversity in service and our approach to the creative upliftment of the Society are interconnected with our dynamic and enthusiastic attitude.
- Mission: Ayefele Fresh FM is committed to providing a professional alternative radio service for the international community by incorporating the visions and outlooks of people of various cultural backgrounds and persuasions.
It is a worldwide radio service, and will be available anywhere in the world where there is internet service via online streaming, and people within Ibadan or the southwest of Nigeria will be able to listen via their radio sets.
“I thank all our listeners, advertisers, presenters and management staff for making this dream of my longtime love for music come true. Always keep it Ayefele Fresh FM, giving you the best beats every time, everywhere – be it at breakfast, at the office, at lunch, at teatime, in the traffic jam, at dinner or just relaxing,” Ayefele said.
Some of the radio presenters working at the new radio station are: Akin Fasasi, Dele Ijinle, Sakadeli, Queen Sekinat, Asake Oreke, Faboulocity, Enitan Bamidele, DJ Bright, Mr. GRA, Aafa ti o ja, and Paj One among others.
Dr. Yinka Ayefele, MON
The first of his parents, Yinka Ayefele, now in his early 40s, is from Ipoti-Ekiti in Ekiti State of Nigeria. He attended Our Saviors Anglican Primary School, Ipoti-Ekiti, for his primary education and Ipoti Community Secondary School for his secondary education, and then the Ondo State College of Arts and Science, Ikare-Akoko, Ondo State.
Ayefele worked as a freelance journalist with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Ibadan, where his skills at producing commercial ad jingles and other product promos was well-noted.
But in 1997, Ayefele was involved in a ghastly motor accident in Ilugun, along Ibadan-Abeokuta road – and the auto mishap damaged his spinal cord and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He spent nine months in hospital, and when he needed urgent funds to undergo medical surgery abroad, fellow broadcaster Kola Olootu advised him to put some songs together which could be launched to raise the need funds.
And that birthed the album “Bitter Experience,” following by “Sweet Experience,” and the rest is history because that initiative catapulted Ayefele into musical limelight, considering the huge successes that attend all his album releases within and outside the country.
His music composition is a complex fusion of local Juju, Fuji, and Makosa flavor – combined with his unique voice and spectacular style. The voice of a journalist turned gospel artist is not only touching and captivating but also very entertaining. Yinka Ayefele is a big act whose music appeals to everyone irrespective of language or religion.
Ayefele is mostly seen on the wheelchair, but he often finds pleasure standing on his two legs, lying flat on a surface, or sitting down to make music or to welcome his guests.
Subsequent upon his auto accident, Ayefele felt hopeless and rejected, but a chance recording of a musical album in a back street studio in Ibadan, was all God needed to lift the juju-gospel crooner to the top of international stardom. Now, his radio station is here too.