Many Celebrities Live A Fake Life – Tope Alabi
Ace Gospel musician, Tope Alabi, has said that many celebrities live a fake life.
Tope whose song ”Logan Ti Ode” recently trended her on the internet, said that despite the fame she enjoys, she has made a conscious effort not to live like them.
“I still go to the market to buy groceries; I don’t like the idea of living the life of a celebrity. Sometimes when I want to go out, I take public transport.
Tope Alabi Narrated Her Experience In A Public Bus
There was a day I boarded the BRT bus in Lagos to get to the popular Balogun market; I could hear the passengers whispering to one another.
“They were arguing if I was the one or not. They were saying Tope Alabi is not a poor person so there is no way she will be on a public bus. When I was about to alight from the bus, I revealed my identity to the driver, and this made many of the passengers to also get down from the bus to take pictures with me.
“Sometimes, it is necessary to have a taste of what it feels like to be an ordinary woman on the street. Many celebrities do not live their real life and are not free to do whatever they like; that is why I don’t restrict myself. When someone is not free to do what they feel like doing, like every other person on the street, it causes depression which can even lead to death.
“Some people try to sell fabric worth N20,000 to me at the rate of N100,000 because I am a celebrity; they don’t bother to find out if I have that kind of money or not. Living a fake life can lead to indebtedness as some celebrities always want to meet up to a certain standard,” she said.
Alabi explained how she enjoys going on long walks in her neighbourhood, describing it as “the kind of life I like.”
“Someone once told me to get escorts for security reasons, but I declined because I didn’t need them and still don’t need them. I am still discrete about my movement but I still live a normal life.
“I believe in buying only the things I can afford; I’m not materialistic. I always hear different stories of celebrities that lie about their material possessions; there is no need to live an extravagant life at all,” she added.
Describing how she felt about the acceptance of the viral music, Alabi said she had no idea she would become a successful gospel artiste.
Citing her first two albums as an example, the singer recalled how gospel songs were poorly accepted at the start of her music career.
“What if I had been discouraged when my music was not paying my bills? I used to struggle to pay my children’s school fees. I once hired a bus for my band members and had to pay by installments,” she said.
She recalled how some marketers she had taken copies of her first album to, asked her to come and take them away as no one was buying.
“When I gave the compact discs to some marketers, they asked me to come and take them back because people were not buying them. I was very discouraged; I made up my mind not to sing again. I told God that there was no way I would do music as there were other things I could do that would fetch money for me.
“Four years after, I did another album and people still did not buy it. It wasn’t until I added another song that people started buying the album,” she added.
My mother always insisted that I would work for God. Interestingly, I got my style of singing from my mother. Sometimes, when I sing, I listen to her voice in me,” she added.