Quickchat! With Segun Fajemisin

London-based musician, Diya Ojo has a down-to-earth attitude and a countenance that is rather pleasant and endearing. Perhaps one underlying factor that may have influenced his choice of mixed-tempo concordance of sweet music.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007



Segun Fajemisin

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DIYA OJO, SINGER/KEYBOARDIST AND 'JELENKE' EXPONENT


ondon-based musician, Diya Ojo has a down-to-earth attitude and a countenance that is rather pleasant and endearing. Perhaps one underlying factor that may have influenced his choice of mixed-tempo concordance of sweet music. Aptly dubbed 'Jelenke' (easy-motion), the music is akin to a bug which catches on with unmistakable manifestation. Little doubt the very talented Diya is the busiest and hottest commodity on the music circuit among Nigerians resident in the UK. With four CD albums to his credit, Diya holds a Certificate of the Royal School of Music.


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Background…

My name is Isaiah Oluwadiya Doxolie Ojo also known as Diya Doxolie Ojo. I was born in the early sixties to the family of the late Elder Samson Ajilore Ojo. I attended St Mark's Anglican Primary School Iperindo in the seventies. I did not enjoy full parental care and assistance as I lost my mum when I was just two years old. My dad married another wife three years after the death of my mum and that was the beginning of my agony and immeasurable struggling for survival in life.

Due to perseverance, self discipline and the grace of God, I managed to raise the standard of my education. I was a qualified electrical installation engineer at Goodwill Electrical Company Ring Road Ibadan from 1978 to 1983 under the management of Mr Gabriel Oladimeji and the late Mr David Ademilokun. I was a member of CAC Oke Imole Agbeni Ibadan established by General Evangelist Dr Prophet SK Abiara since 1979 where I met my Papa the late Pa. Emmanuel Olajide Christopher who was the organist and director of music in our church.

In 1983, I met Honourable Wole Adetiran who also spotted my talent through inter-church musical competitions in which our church always came first then. He taught me the rudiments and theory of music from his school, Chamber Music in Ibadan and always would allow me to feature together with students of the Music Department at Ibadan Poly. That was the beginning of God's glory in my life. In the process of making it in life I devoted my life to Christ through prayer with good men of God. I came to Lagos to join Admiral Dele Abiodun's Top Hitters Band in 1991. That was my route to stardom. I have produced hundreds of album for known and unknown artistes all over Nigeria. I was a co-producer and guest keyboardist for King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall (KWAM1, now K1) in his most successful albums which include Fuji Collection, Ultimate, Consolidation and Reflection. Having contractually toured United Kingdom and Europe with him, and at the end of the tour, I came back to UK in pursuant of the green pastures.

In the beginning…

Coming to the UK is not as easy as first thought. If you do not have the requisite papers and NI number, there is nothing you can do. Someone may probably have a quick breakthrough if born here as a citizen or they have achieved the status through other means. Having suffered for one and a half years without work or any means of income, I was advised by loyal friends to start secular music which initially I did not really dream of.

DIYA DOXOLIE OJO BUSY IN THE STUDIO
That idea gave birth to JELENKE MUSIC which has since become a household music throughout Europe, Canada, America, Ireland and parts of Nigeria.

In the beginning…

Coming to the UK is not as easy as first thought. If you do not have the requisite papers and NI number, there is nothing you can do. Someone may probably have a quick breakthrough if born here as a citizen or they have achieved the status through other means. Having suffered for one and a half years without work or any means of income, I was advised by loyal friends to start secular music which initially I did not really dream of.

That idea gave birth to JELENKE MUSIC which has since become a household music throughout Europe, Canada, America, Ireland and parts of Nigeria.

Relationship with other artistes…

I love spending good times with other musicians, not just sitting down and drinking, but for progress and sharing of ideas. Helping others and contributing to others' progress will always be my pleasure.

Introducing Diya Ojo the family man…

God has been so grateful to me I have a good wife and we are blessed with good gifts, I mean good children, "The Alafia's". I love to stay at home with my children.

If not playing music, what career?

If I have the opportunity to go further academically, I would have loved to be a medical doctor as I love to be a life safer. Or a counsellor or a priest as that is my primary call.

Musical duet with who, and why?

In Nigeria… Paul IK Dairo (Paul Play). Simply because I can feel the spirit of music in him and he's very original. Also, Onyeka Onwenu: she sings from the heart, very original as well. And again, Pastor JA Adelakun: I love his gospel singing pattern and the anointing.

Achievements and regrets…

My major achievement in life is knowing Jesus Christ and accepting Him as my personal Lord and Saviour. I also value immensely being able to communicate with people through my music.

I do regret not having parental support that might have given me the opportunity to fulfil my heart desires in life. But having said this, to God be all the glory.

SNOOPS

  • ZODIAC SIGN: Libra

  • FAVOURITE ARTISTE: Don Williams & IK Dairo

  • MOST VALUABLE POSSESSION: My Keyboards

  • BEST FOOD AND DRINK: Pounded Yam & Baileys

  • WHERE TO SPEND RETIREMENT: Wherever I find myself at the age of 70, if God permits

  • FONDEST MEMORY OF ABAMI EDA: Carrying coffin to the Dodan Barracks during Olusegun Obasanjo's stint as military head of state between 1976 and 1979

  • SILLIEST THING EVER DONE: Tried to take my own life in 1972 when my grandmother tortured me for nothing

  • FIRST LOVE: Comfort

  • SCARIEST EVER DREAM: 1979 when someone pursued me with a cutlass

©Arranged by Segun Fajemisin

London March 2007