Rev. ‘Femi Adedeji is a man of two worlds (Spiritual and Academics). He was chosen as an apostle of ‘The Truth of the Gospel’ after the order of Paul and Joseph Ayo Babalola of Christ Apostolic Church; not by man but by the will of God. Born under great mysteries in Erio-Ekiti, Nigeria, he is eldest son of Prophet Fesojaye Adedeji of Christ Apostolic Church, a man mightily used by God but less appreciated because of his truth. Rev. ‘Femi Adedeji by gift, is a prophet, teacher, pastor and author. He is the Servant in charge of The Truth of the Gospel Global Ministries and the End-Time Revival Networks.
Academically, Rev ‘Femi Adedeji holds Master’s degrees in Music and Theology from the then University of Ife and Ibadan respectively; and a PhD in African Musicology from the University of Ibadan. He specializes in Bibliological Musicology and Christian Music. He is widely traveled as a scholar and missionary. He has published several academic papers in reputable local and international Journals. He is currently a Professor and head of the Department of Music, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria and the National President of the Association of Nigerian Musicologists. Rev. ‘Femi Adedeji is also by the grace of God a composer, director, producer and a gospel musician of international repute with several albums. But he has nothing to boast of except that he is a debtor of God’s amazing grace.
This vessel in the hand of God strongly believes and does the work of the ministry as Paul: ‘in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; by pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by love unfeigned; by the word of truth, by the power of God; by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left; by honour and dishonour; by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing all things’.
‘Femi Adedeji is married to Eunice with five blood children and several other children in the Lord.
The Truth of the Gospel Global Ministries which he oversees, is a multidimensional ministry aimed at preaching the truth of the gospel throughout the whole world and through all available means such as prophetic, teaching, music, help, T.V, Internet and Intercessory Ministrations.
Professional Accomplishment of Rev. ‘Femi Adedeji
I pioneered Ife Mass Choir in 1994 and also pioneered and directed ‘Gospel Music Extravaganza’, a Quarterly Music concert held in Lagos, between 1998 and 2004. The Institute of Christian Music and Research Centre, a self-sponsored research outfit was established since 1998. I organized and directed ASAPH National Christian Music Workshop/Concert (an Annual event) between 2001 and 2007. In 1992, I composed the popular ‘A! ni ipinle Osun’, a Yoruba song waxed as a track, still played on Osun Radio till date. Lastly, some of my song compositions are being used for performance and teaching purposes both in and outside the academia.
Positions and Services held the Department of Music of Obafemi Awolowo University
a. Coordinator, Nigerian Music Review 2001-2008
b. Editor-in-Chief, Nigerian Music Review 2007-2008, 2013 to date
c. Acting Head, Department of Music 2007/2008 & 2008/2009 Sessions
d. Acting Head, Department of Music 2013, 2014.
Positions and Services held the Faculty of Arts of Obafemi Awolowo University
a. Member, Faculty of Arts Research Committee 2002-2004
b. Member, Faculty Review Panel 2004-2008
c. Dean’s Representative; Board of Management, Natural History Museum 2007
d. Member, Faculty Admission Committee 2013
Positions and Services held within my University
a. Associate Lecturer, Department of Educational Technology, O.A.U. 2009
b. Organized and Directed Campus ‘Peace’ Concert 2008
c. Facilitator, Living Spring Music Festival: 1995-2008
d. Assistant Editor, ODU: A Journal of West African Studies 2013
Positions and Services held outside my University
a. Adviser, Bola Are School of Gospel Music, Ibadan 1997-2012
b. Editor, Nigerian Christian Music Guide 2001-2012
c. Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Nigerian Music Education 2010-2013
d. Auditor, Conference of Music Educators in Nigeria 2002-2004
e. JAMB Examiner & Moderator 2005-2009
f. Member, Editorial Board, African Musicology Online 2007-2012
g. Reviewer, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 2008
h. Member, Editorial Board; Journal of the Association of Nigerian
i. External Moderator, Ekiti State College of Education, Ikere Ekiti 2007-2012
j. External Examiner, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos 2009-2012
k. External Examiner, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra
l. Consultant, Joseph Ayodele Babalola University, Ikeji Arakeji 2008-2010
m. PGMAS Moderation, Nigerian Universities Commission 2009
n. External Examiner, University of Lagos, Akoka 2012
o. External Examiner, University of Ibadan 2012
p. Adjunct professor, Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso. 2012-1013
q. Consultant, Life Bible College (Music Programme) 2012-2013
r. Member, Accreditation Team, Ikere Degree Programme 2013
s. National Secretary, Association of Nigerian Musicologists 2008-2012
t. President, Association of Nigerian Musicologists 2012-2014
u. Adjunct Lecturer, Christ Apostolic Church Theological Seminary 2014
a. Training singers
b. Composing, Performing and Producing Music
c. Directing, Recording and Promoting Music
d. Choral training and Conducting
e. Organising Concerts and Workshops for Christian musicians
f. Counselling, Charity and Humanitarian Works
g. Priestly Functions
Contributions to Knowledge of Rev. ‘Femi Adedeji
My areas of specialisation are ‘African Musicology’ and ‘Music Theory and Composition’. My contributions to African Musicology have been in the area of Religious Music, which constitutes a wide spectrum of musical genres in Nigerian music scholarship. I have studied in-depth the traditional Ifa and Christian music in which I have documented and analyzed both the song-forms and their performance-practices. The studies apart from supplying useful academic information on the two musical types, have opened ways for meaningful comparative musicology between them. One of the most sacred religious musical forms in Nigeria is the hymn. Although hymns in African idioms have been composed from time immemorial, they are yet to have their place as a genre in the academic study of Religious music in Africa. In order to develop African hymnology meaningfully, a study of preliminary concepts and usage, and the analysis of performance-practices by ancient cultures are indispensable as a solid theoretical and historical foundation. These have been extensively dealt with in my research. Also, Nigerian gospel music, another prominent stylistic form of religious music which today constitutes 50% of the total number of musical genres consumed in Nigeria and which at the same time ‘has exerted a broad influence on more than one facet of our contemporary culture’ as asserted by Boyer, did not receive enough attention in Nigerian music scholarship before now. As a result, I have researched and still researching on various aspects of the genre with a view to systematizing the theories that underlie its performance-practices and developing the genre to serve as machinery for national development.
In the area of music theory and composition, I have made some significant contributions. Firstly, I have propounded two new theories – Theological (Bibliological) Musicology and Transformative Musicology. Theological Musicology has its place in the theory and methodology of studying various Religious Music in Africa. The ethnomusicological method, which encompasses various approaches such as sociology, anthropology, philosophy, musicology and leaves out theology in the study of Religious Music, has been found to be inadequate. Since Religious Music (be it Ifa, Christian, Islam or Hindu) is a theological-musical fabric, its theology is imperative. The methodology combines theology with the existing approaches. This has been successfully argued in one of my publications. The new perspective probes into the theological basis and contextual-textual interpretation of Religious Music with the view to revealing the socio-political import of the music to contemporary Nigeria and the World. Transformative Musicology, which is a development on Intercultural Music, focuses on making musicological studies relevant to the search for global peace, harmony, stability, security of lives and educating the human mind against crimes and other social vices. It also gives answers to questions left out in already existing theories.
Secondly, apart from the theoretical analyses of New Testament and traditional Yoruba hymns, I have attempted to solve two major problems in theory of African music; notably that of pitch/tonality and the notation of African music with computer technology. In addition, my research on theory and problems of analysing African music has resulted in the publication of study/reference materials for scholars and students of African music theory. These include ‘Metric Organisation and Scale Structure in African Music’, ‘Melodic Analysis of African Music’ and ‘Harmonic Analysis of African Music’.
Since my last promotion and as follow up to the contributions above, I have engaged in rigorous research on the theoretical, theological, and stylistic dimensions of Nigerian Gospel Music on the one hand, and on the other, I have focused on various salient problems facing Nigerian music education, scholarship and ‘art’ music, while at the same time exploring the meta-musical dimension of African ‘art’ music composition. In addition, my recent research has exhumed the theoretical, aesthetic and pedagogical principles underlying indigenous and African ‘art’ music composition and performance. The assertions made in the research are germane to the development of African Musicology as a field.