Yinka Ayefele, the first child of his parents, in his early 40’s, hailed from
Ipoti-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. He had his primary and secondary education at
Our Saviours Anglican Primary School, Ipoti-Ekiti, Nigeria. After his elementary
education, he proceeded to Ipoti Community Secondary School and later to Ondo
State College of Arts and Science, (OSCAS) Ikare Akoko, Nigeria.
For many years that Yinka Ayefele worked as a freelance broadcast
journalist at the FRCN, Ibadan, Nigeria, not many Nigerians knew about him
and his talents for music. He used to produce jingles and musical works on
He became a household name after he was involved in a ghastly automobile
accident in 1997, which damaged his spinal cord, and paralyzed from the waist
down. Yinka Ayefele, a Tungba Gospel music artist, with a fusion of local juju,
Fuji, and Makosa flavor, turned a mishap into a great opportunity that has left
him a household name.
After spending nine months on the hospital bed, his friend, Kola Olootu
advised that instead of wasting away in the hospital, he should put some songs
together. The plan was for him to launch the album and use some of the proceeds
for further medical treatment abroad. Ayefele’s dexterity in musical composition
ironically came into limelight after releasing his first album; “Bitter
The success of Bitter Experience marked the turning point in his life, with
the release of “Sweet Experience”. Ayefele’s profile in the gospel
music industry has been on the rise since Sweet Experience. There have been
successful albums such are ” Something Else” and ” Divine Intervention”.
The albums went to establish his covenant with God as they were all
successful too, as a result of inspiration from God. The title “Bitter
Experience” has to do with his ordeal, “Sweet Experience” was the sweetness that
followed the success of “Bitter Experience”. In short, each title comes with its
meaning and he prayed before each album is titled.
He is the trend, source of inspiration and rave of the moment among highlife
and gospel music lovers. Yinka Ayefele has turned his ordeals into gains and
positive changes as he works in the Lord’s vineyard. The voice of a journalist
turned gospel artist is not only touchy and captivating but very entertaining.
Yinka Ayefele is a big act whose music appeals to everyone irrespective of
language or religion.
The day he had the accident marked the turning point in his life. He never
thought he would end up becoming famous. He thought the end had come when the
accident happened, but God spared his life for a purpose. Yinka Ayefele felt
like the end had come when he was confined to a wheelchair.
Ayefele is mostly seen on the wheelchair, but he sometimes found pleasure in
standing on his two legs, lying flat on a surface or sitting down to perform or
welcome his guests. Unknown to him, God has other plans in store for him. As he
trudged through life, hopelessness and feeling rejected by the society, a chance
recording of a musical album in a back street studio in Ibadan, Nigeria, was all
God needed to lift the juju-gospel crooner to the top.