Benjamin Atomode is a banker and gospel artiste. Despite his busy schedule in the banking industry, he still finds a way to cope with his passion and thus became a multiple award winner. Also known as Lord Bishop, the Kogi State-based artiste, told DAYO EMMANUEL of MyDailyNewsWatch that the Word of God is his main source of inspiration. Excerpts:
How did you start your journey into gospel music?
As a young man, I discovered the gift of God and the talent in me and thus pushed for developing the talent in which I dedicated myself and the talent to God. Therefore, I became a music gospeller.
When did you go professional?
I took the music career to the next stage of professionalism when I released my album titled: ‘TESTIMONY’ which experienced a big sale and acceptability, all to the glory of God.
I found that many artistes started from the church, but often veer off.
What do you think is responsible?
Well, the pursuit of fame and money gear a lot of artistes, especially young gospel artistes, to veer off and seek for popularity.
Have you received enough support from your local church?
As you know, charity begins at home. Thank God for a blessed home (local church) I have. They have been supportive to the dream and the vision in the time past and are still doing more to support and encourage the career.
Any award(s) so far?
Yes, with God’s help and to his glory, I’ve been honoured with various awards from within the state. My awards include: Young Achiever Award 2013, Kogi Youth Ambassador 2013, Best Praise and Worship Leader 2013, Black Gospel Award 2012, Giver of Hope Award 2013 and Most Outstanding Gospel Artiste, North Central 2013.
Many artistes from the hinterland often see Lagos as their destination, have you thought of relocating to Lagos?
I’ve been in the music industry for a while now and location has not been of any challenge, so relocating to Lagos is not on my mind as at now. But if there’s divine instruction to do so, who am I to disobey?
What other thing(s) do you do?
Asides gospel music as a career, I am a professional banker and works with a known financial institution in Kogi State.
Have you met Christ?
I am a gospel music artiste and the first criteria for identifying myself as a gospel artiste is my knowledge of God, whom I believe is the pioneer of my dream and career.
How do you get inspired?
Categorically, I can say the Word of God is my main and only source of inspiration. That’s all!
What can you say is your greatest success so far?
Heart of Worship (out of many recent event projects) was solely organised and actualised by Lord Bishop Music Int’l in Lokoja, the state capital where we witnessed people in large number from every facet of life come together under one roof to give sincere worship from the heart to God, forgetting whatsoever they were passing through. The project experienced a lot of testimonies and hundreds of people giving their lives to Jesus right in the heart of worship and another large number, rededicating their lives to Christ. Other testimonies include remodelling and rediscovery of destiny by individuals, both young and old. Some eminent gospellers also featured in the project where they spiced the worship up and led people to worship in sincerity of heart. The event continued with more thirst for worship where people were reluctant to go home after encountering God in worship! All glory to God.
How was growing up?
Growing up was filled with a lot of trying times for my family and myself. However, there cannot be a glory without a story.