Meet Alhaja Monsurat Akobi Esan, First Egun Born to sing Islamic Music

Alhaja Monsurat Ajelero popularly known as Akobi Esan is one of the female Islamic singers making strong waves in Nigeria and diaspora. The very beautiful and sonorous voice singer recently launched her new album ‘Ojumo Ire’ amidst fun and page try.

Interestingly, Akobi Esan is the first indigene of Badagry to sing Islamic music

The native of Badagary and graduate of Public Administration from the Lagos State University (LASU), and member ISMAN, in this chat with Entertainer opens up on career, marriage and her dreams.


Why speaking about her sojourn in music, she said ‘I inherited the talent for music because it is in my family. I got it from my dad’s elder sister. She played waka music and is a contemporary of Salawa Abeni’s; music comes to me naturally.

I was born and brought up in the Islamic tradition. I discovered I had talent for singing on November 20, 1999. Somebody appreciated my voice and ever since I have never looked back.

I have released six albums to my credit. I did the first one in 1999 and it was ‘Ire Ni Mo Fe’. The second was ‘Biizimillah’. The third was a hip hop album. I also have Iho Meji and Ramadan Tonic and my latest album is Ojumo Ire. It was launched few weeks

My inspiration comes from Allah. At times in the morning, after having my solat, inspiration just comes. And maybe, sometimes, when I am in the kitchen washing, inspiration just comes and I start singing.



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