Ayobola Elegbede is a Nigerian-born Irish singer-songwriter passionate about revealing God’s love for releasing joy and restoring hope to all around her.
Ayobola has always been one with a heart and ears for music even from childhood. Her encounter with gospel music however started in her teens, while attending Comprehensive High School (Compro), Aiyetoro. Ogun State, Nigeria. As a member of the Christian fellowship while in Compro, Ayobola also became one of the premier members of the Christian fellowship choir between 1985 and 1991.
In 2012, Ayobola released her debut album ‘Igba Ope – Offering Of Thanks’ and went on to release her acclaimed music video, ‘Praise Him’ in 2022. Ayobola is currently working on her second album with its first single, ‘MY ROCK’ released in October 2023.
‘MY ROCK’ is a declaration of faith that we can do the impossible regardless of adverse and unpleasant circumstances when we stand on the Rock, the word of God and take bold steps of faith toward what we believe.
On the inspiration behind her latest single, Ayobola said; “On the 3rd of March, 2015, I attended the women’s prayer meeting at my local church. There, we shared and prayed about the different challenging circumstances we struggled with. I wasn’t feeling particularly joyful that day, so I decided to share about a difficult situation that I had been dealing with for a long time, which didn’t seem to be improving at all. I felt trapped and unable to escape this situation.
After sharing about my circumstance, the other ladies prayed with me and my pastor encouraged me by declaring God’s word over me. I went home after the meeting, but couldn’t stop thinking about the words my pastor had spoken over me and I fell asleep still meditating on her words. And in the space of a few hours, the Holy Spirit began to speak the words of ‘MY ROCK’ to me in my dream. My life has never been the same again since I woke up from my dream that day. After many years since that dream, the lyrics of ‘MY ROCK’ continue to remain my anchor anthem when I feel helpless, depressed, disabled or imperfect.
It has become a song of joy and victory to me, that nothing which God has put in my heart is impossible for me to achieve as long as I lean on Him and obey His word. Through the lyrics of ‘MY ROCK’ God keeps reassuring me that though unpleasant situations like storms, rain, troubles, pains and challenges are inevitable in life, I can dare to take bold steps of faith in God to accomplish the seemingly impossible dreams of my heart. Even when I am weak and make mistakes and wander away from the plan of God for my life, He will always find me and bring me home to Himself and His perfect will and purpose for my life, because He is the immovable Rock of my life and His word remains unchanging forever. I come from a respectably educated family background and it has always been my desire to pursue an academic degree at the university level.
I started out with the pursuit of this dream as a teenager in Nigeria, into adulthood in Germany, and eventually attained my first degree in Ireland as a mum of five, at the whooping age of 40 years old! Regardless of how many children I had, how old I was, or how long it took me to pursue and achieve my dream of a university degree, the truth is that God helped me attain that dream through the encouragement from the lyrics of ‘MY ROCK’ and His word. Now, your dream may not require as many years to achieve as mine did; and you don’t have to travel across continents and countries to fulfil your dream.
Wherever and whatever you are at right now, the lyrics of ‘MY ROCK’ will inspire you to believe in your dream, pursue your dream and attain every dream and desire God puts in your heart, regardless of how long it has taken you till now if you trust in Him and follow the principles found in His word, the Rock of Salvation”.
Currently, Ayobola serves as a member of the worship team in her local church, Word of Life Ministries Impact, Co. Cavan, Ireland. Ayobola balances a full-time social care practice with singing and songwriting; and in her free time, prepares and creates content for her weekly motivational online broadcast, ‘Word & Worship With Ayobola’, where she shares the word of God and songs with her audience.
Ayobola is married and blessed with children and continues to make an impact in her world for good and for God.
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