Q: Can you tell us a little bit about who Esther Osaji is?
Meet Esther Osaji, founder Starzbloom Charity Foundation (INTERVIEW)
I'm the founder of Starzbloom Charity Foundation
Well, my name is Esther Modupe Osaji, and I'm a gospel artist, a businesswoman and a humanitarian.
I'm the founder of Starzbloom Charity Foundation.
I'm a Nigerian, my father is from the Northern part of Nigeria, Nasarawa State, my mum is from Ogun state and my husband is from Delta State, Nigeria.
Q: Do you play any instruments?
No, I actually don't play any instrument.
Q: When did you start singing?
I started singing at a very young age even as a child. My mother told me I had always loved music from very young. I also remember from about age 3, I would mumble my own version of songs and rehearsed using anything as microphone until I was old enough to write my own songs.
I would usually write songs and rehearse them all the time so that if I ever had a chance to sing at a concert, I would be very ready.
But professionally, my singing career started in 2016.
Q: How many kids do you have?
God blessed me with three wonderful and beautiful children.
Q: What year did you release your first album?
To the glory of God, I released my first album in 2018. It was titled 'Hallelujah' and it was produced by M&O Records.
Q: How many songs did you write before you released the album?
As at when my album was released, I had recorded over thirty songs.
Q: How many songs have you written so far?
I have written over a hundred songs so far, some have been recorded and released, some are still in the pipeline. My songs can be downloaded from my website which is http://www.estherrhythm.com/ or my YouTube Channel which is Esther Osaji -
Q: Are you on social media?
Yes of course I am. My social media handles are Instagram- @estherosajiofficial, Facebook – Esther Osaji and Twitter - @esther_osaji
Q: Have you had any awards or nominations? Has any of your songs won any awards so far?
Yes, I was nominated in the Annual Gospel Music Awards (AGMA) category for "Most Outstanding Gospel Artist Of The Year, 2019" and my song 'Way Maker' for the "Best Gospel Video" in 2018.
Q: Which is your most popular song?
So far, my most popular song is "Pursue, Overtake and Recover All"
Q: What year did hallelujah concert start? Tell us a little about the concert.
Hallelujah concert started in 2018. I wanted to Create and Build a new platform of Praise and Worship unlimited by denomination. Hallelujah Concert is gradually growing into JEHOVAH GOD’s Avenue for Healing, Restoration and deliverance. Hallelujah concert has hosted and is still hosting known and growing Gospel artists all over the world. Hallelujah Concert is a growing Phenomenon.
Q: Can you give us a brief summary of your NGO?
Starzbloom Foundation was founded to help cater for Widows and the less privileged in the society with the help of corporate bodies and individuals. So far Starzbloom foundation has affected over 20, 000 lives with a vision to reach out to over 1 Million people before year 2022. The foundation has been in operation since 2013. Our major focus has been to provide support to the less privileged children and widows in our society. To this effect, we have different outreach programmes such as
“Starzbloom back to School”
In this programme we provide Notebooks, Stationery, Uniforms, School shoes and bags to children in public schools.
“My body My Right”
This takes place at the end of Academic year with Counsellors who educate children on how to take care of their bodies and protect themselves from predators. Free books are provided for them.
“Starzbloom Jolly Christmas”
This outreach takes place during the festive period in December where we ensure that families get a bag of Rice and other goodies for Christmas!
“Starzbloom Feed a Widow outreach”
This is not time bound. We ensure that the widows registered under our foundation never have to sleep on an empty stomach.
“STARZBLOOM PANDEMIC RELIEF”
Because of the lock down during the pandemic, it was difficult to organize an outreach. We initiated the Starzbloom relief fund of #10,000 to our registered recipients and people that reached out to us.
“Starzbloom Learn a craft outreach”
We place youths willing to learn a trade in apprenticeship programmes and provide them with startup tools to start their craft.
Q: What message do you have for your fans and lovers of your music?
First of all, thank you to all my fans and lovers of my music.
Dream, Dream, Dream. You can have what you dream.... just make the plan and work the plan.
Don’t try to be like anybody, your style is unique.
I just try one day at a time to be useful and better than the last.
Being something and somebody is a choice-your choice.
I dare to dream.... dare to dream.
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