Princess Elizabeth Onanuga is popular as Prophetess Tola in the music industry. The gospel artiste is one of the fast-emerging music brands with followers. In this interview, spoke about how she found music and the inspiration for her songs.
You are the perfect description of an all-round entertainer, can you tell those who don’t know you what you do?
For those who might not know me, I would say that my name is Princess Elizabeth Onanuga, but I am popularly known as Prophetess Tola.
It is a fact that you are also into other aspects of entertainment, tell us about it.
Indeed, you are right. I am also an actress and a movie producer with a lot of movies to my credit.
Let’s talk about the recent happenings in your career. You recently became a full-fledged musician, what influenced this?
I have been singing since I was very small. I joined the choir in church when I was about five years old. I have been singing for a very long time. My mother used to tell me while I was growing up that I would be a great singer because of my voice and passion for it. I discovered my gift when I started receiving messages from God whenever I sleep and have dreams or visions. In fact, most of my songs were given to me in my dreams.
What inspires the kind of songs you write?
The Holy Spirit inspires me. If you are in the place of the word, the Holy Spirit will inspire you not only to write a kind of song but will also inspire you to create it extraordinarily and in a unique way too.
How do you hope to thrive as a gospel artiste in an industry with more viable genres like Hip hop?
Gospel music is ever-changing, it’s always evolving. What I heard 10 years ago is different from what is in the church now, but it’s still gospel music. You can’t put music in a box; you can’t put any genre of music in a box. So, there are a lot of changes to put up. Artistes are creative and highly talented and can create changes in gospel music that can even surpass Hip hop music. If you do your research well, you will find out that there are global artistes who make more money than their hip hop counterparts.
What stands you out knowing yours is an industry that is highly competitive?
There are unique artistes out there, but I’m someone who does not try to be like others. I have my own unique style of singing. The way I express my passion through music, and by writing my own songs, I have also known that these qualities can create a great influence.
You sure have a lot on your plate, how do you intend to combine being an actress, a movie producer, and a musician together?
There is a difference between what you like and what God wants you to do. I love acting and anything that has to do with our culture, but God wants me to be a gospel singer. So, everything is about time management, I can do all without letting them clash.
As an actress, what is the next big thing about you?
I have some unfinished movie projects that I intend to round up, just a few scenes to be shot. So, very soon, I will release one of the projects.
How can your fans reach you on social media?
They can reach out via my Instagram handles realprincessonanuga and proph_ tola_ ara.
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