It will be 20 years since Yinka Ayefele, Nigeria’s popular gospel singer, was involved a tragic car accident on December 12. To commemorate the anniversary of the accident that changed his life, the musician said in a statement that the event will hold with a sense of gratitude to God for sparing his life.
The accident confined Ayefele to a wheelchair.
There will be a series of activities in the two states of Oyo and Ekiti starting from December 12 and culminating on the 17th.
On Tuesday, December 12, Ayefele and his friends will be in his hometown of Ipoti, Ekiti State, to commission a multi-million naira hall he will be donating to his alma mater, Ipoti High School. Also on that day, the musician, through his Yinka Ayefele Foundation, will be putting smiles on the faces of 100 women of Ipoti by empowering them with cash gifts.
Ayefele and his team will also visit orphanages, old people’s homes and hospitals, particularly, the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State, where he will present buses, cash and food items to the less privileged in the homes and patients in the hospital.
There will be a thanksgiving service on Sunday, December 17, the launch of the 20th year remembrance album and public presentation of his first book titled ‘You and Your Spine’. The event will hold at the Music House, Challenge, Ibadan.
Ayefele was involved in a ghastly motor accident along Ibadan –Abeokuta Road, On December 12, 1997. The tragic event later became a watershed that transformed his life from a mere studio hand to a music superstar. This life-changing event has been the motivation for many powerful and inspirational album releases.
He is also a recipient of over 200 awards including Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) a recognition bestowed on him by former president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Speaking on the significance of the week-long event, Ayefele said he believes the incident, though a sad one, was what transformed his life and he has to reach out to people in order to appreciate God’s magnanimity in his life over the last two decades.