How Bola Are Got The Inspiration For Her 40-Year Old Evergreen Song ‘Baba Ku Ise’



In 1977, she released a album, ‘Baba Kuse,’ and it became a hit. The songs, according to her has been a source of healing to many people, including a man who was suffering from mental illness.

In an interview with ’Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Ademola Olonilua of Punch, she shared how she got the inspiration for the song.

She said,

I was not the one that made that album, ‘Baba Ku Ise,’ about 40 years ago. What actually happened was that I was heading to work, Tewogbade and Sons Ltd. Ibadan, where I worked as a store keeper.

I was passing through the house of the late Obafemi Awolowo when I heard a voice that commanded me to stop at the narrow path I was. The Lord gave me the song on the road at about 6:30am; it was as if I was in a trance because everyone who passed by me greeted me but I did not respond because I could not hear them.

It was when the Lord was through teaching me the song that I was aware of my surrounding once again. After the encounter with the Lord, there was a woman passing by called Moji and I was instructed to tell her and her friend Grace, to pay me a visit at home at about 4pm that day.

The lady came with her friend to my house later that day and we formed my first band. That day was June 26, 1973. Unfortunately, when I got to work, I had forgotten the song because I was not with a biro or paper and there was no recorder at that time.

I began to cry at work, so when my Muslim bosses saw that my eyes were swollen, they asked why I was crying but I could not explain to them because they could not understand; so they asked me to go home and sort myself out.

I left work and went to CAC Oke Iranti, Challenge, Ibadan. I met my Pastor, Kehinde, and when I explained what happened to him, he simply said that the Lord would send the song to me again after three months. Immediately he told me that, I began to fast and pray for three months before I was taught the song again.

All through the period I was fasting, I always went to that CAC church during my lunch break. On the third month, the heavens taught me the song again and ever since then, you would hardly see me without a biro, paper or a recorder. That is how I got inspiration for the song.

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