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I'm versed in the playing of the snare drum, drum set, talking drum and trumpet

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09 October 2022
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I'm versed in the playing of the snare drum, drum set, talking drum and trumpet

My name is Omotoyosi Emily Johnson.

I was born on 23 September 2002 to Mr Oluwasegun and Mrs Ebunoluwa Johnson. 

I am their only child, but, no, I was not pampered. 

My dad is an electrician and he is into real estate agency while my mum sells provisions.

I am a native of Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria but I had only been there once, when I was about nine years old, for a ceremony.

As long as I can remember, we have been living in Festac Town, at 23 Road, W Close.

It is here that I attended nursery, primary and secondary schools.

Nursery was at 4th Avenue Nursery School.

My primary school, Archbishop Abiodun Adetiloye, is on 4th Avenue, 41 Road. Secondary school was Festac Grammar School

Archbishop Abiodun Adetiloye School is an Anglican Church-run school.

But, we are not Anglicans. 

My dad is a member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) while mum and I attend the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Festac Cathedral at CAC Close on 5th Avenue, Festac Town.

It was a parishioner of this church who was also a teacher at Archbishop Abiodun Adetiloye School, Mrs Adenike Orimolade, who recommended the school to my mum.

I was an average pupil.

But, it was here that I was introduced to drumming as a member of the Girls' Brigade.

I was in Primary Four aged about ten when I started playing the snare drum. 

We have mostly male drummers in the Christ Apostolic Church but in 2018 I decided to try the drum set, after observing for so long how they played it.

The first day I tried it, during a service, I was nervous and scared of making a mistake.

But I pulled through and I was excited. Really excited.

I have continued to play it since then. I also play the talking drum.

Most times, when we sing hymns, I play the trumpet, or I simply join the choir to sing.

I started playing the trumpet as a member of the Royal Shepherd of the Christ Apostolic Church, and I started singing right from when I was in the children's teenagers' church. 

I moved to the adult church when I turned fifteen. 

The drum set comes readily to me, although I would consider myself just about fifty per cent good in it 

So, I need to practise more and more. 

I listen to gospel and pop music 

I do not really have a favourite musician but I enjoy listening to Burna Boy. I like his "Common Person" song. 

I also like the music of Bidemi Olaoba, a gospel artiste. He does not have an album but he does Facebook/YouTube livestream. 

I was processing my admission into the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, to read business administration, but the COVID-19 lockdown locked that down.

My dad heard the advertisement for admission into the Federal Cooperative College, Ibadan, Oyo State, on radio and we applied for it

I got admitted in 2020 into the college's National Diploma programme in cooperative economics and management

I am happy to be there. 

I am not into drumming there but, of course, if any opportunity to be a guest drummer at any function  shows up, I will seize it. 

I can reached on my mobile line +234 812 270 3424.


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