It’s challenging enough to go through the whole production process of getting a song out but when the artiste defies life threatening health challenges to put out a message through the channel of music, then one must admit that there must be some divine agenda behind such message.
This is the case for Gospel music artiste and music director Busola Oyedokun who recently released her debut single “Na You Baba” despite her battle with Lupus Nephritis. The mother of 3 in her late thirties said it took her 5 years to finalize work on the song due to many medical issues that sprung up during the process but her will was stronger than any challenge thrown at her.
Busola is full of life and spirit, save for few tell-tale signs, you can hardly tell what was going on with her health. She revealed the details of how she overcame every obstacle to release the single “Na You Baba”.
Busola Oyedokun is a wife, mother of three wonderful children, a song writer, a voice over and gospel artiste. She is also a personal assistant to the convener of YesLord Outreach. As a voice over artiste, she has worked with BBC, African Radio Drama and has done several radio jingles. She is the music director at Eagles Height Church choir. She studied English Literature during her tertiary education.
Her health challenges started in 2013, the same year she started her recording of the song “Na You Baba” but had to suspend the recording because she was diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis.
“Na You Baba” was first recorded in 2013,” Busola said. “That was the year I was diagnosed with Lupus. The work was thereafter abandoned because Lupus came with lots of drama. Even my brother-in-law who took the work upon himself, traveled out and everyone somehow forgot all about the song. There had been several attempt at getting the song out but it just wasn’t working.”
Busola said the producer who recorded the work – Blaqjerzee – suddenly called her in 2017 saying he was going through his system and deleting old works when he came across the song from 2013 in his archive. He said he would have deleted the song but felt there was something about the song that made him sure it was not supposed to be on his system but out there. He got in touch with Busola’s brother-in-law who had been coordinating the work before the health issues started, and that was how work began on the project again.
But between the production process and the release of the work, Busola faced 2 heart wrenching shock. First she was to be placed on dialysis as the Lupus had affected her kidney, then she had issues with her heart. Despite all, Busola found the strength and with cannulas in her legs, due to dialysis, she completed the recording of “Na You Baba”.
Busola said she had great energy around her which formed part of her positive outlook in the face of the challenges. Her husband, Christopher I.A Oyedokun, her Pastor Mrs Yeside Stephen, Also her doctor Professor Femi Adelowo, all formed important factor in her positive outlook amidst all the health issues she is battling with.
She hopes to have an album and a documentary out before the end of the year.
“This is out now but I cannot afford to rest. I have a target that by December – before my 40th birthday, I must have a complete album, ready to launch. Also a book and a documentary. We are trying to work on a documentary concerning this Lupus issue. It’s titled “Shades of Lupus”. You will get to learn about my story and other people’s story as well,” She said.