Bolaji Adedotun Olanrewaju, popularly known as Big B, is an award winning gospel singer and radio talk show personality living in Ibadan. In this exclusive, he opens up about his career and settling down in the city among other issues.

Who is Big B?

I’m Bolaji Adedotun Olanrewaju. My oriki is Alani, so you can call me Alan at some point…(laughs). Some people call me Big B, I don’t know why. I’m from Osun State, but I was born and bred here in Ibadan. I’m the last of four children. I schooled in Ibadan, Osogbo, Ilorin and United Kingdom.

Going into gospel music

Music started for me at an early age. Before I gave my life to Christ, I was into the Run DMCs and the DMXs but I found my calling and my gospel music career started fully in Oshogbo with a group called J’apha.

Radio Talk Show

It’s called Turn It Up with Big B and it started six years ago. There is this wrong assumption that everybody goes to church on Sunday which is not quite true. The programme airs every Sunday from 8-10 am. We try and lift spirits through messages, interviews, talks, comedy and anything that can edify people’s soul and prepare them for a blessed week.

Settling down in Ibadan

Ibadan for me is fantastic! I love the city. Even when I travelled to the United Kingdom, it never felt like I left. I settled back here in 2000 and roughly sixteen years of my adult life was spent here. There was a period I moved to Lagos for three months but it wasn’t really the same. Ibadan for me is home.

If you could, what would you love to change about Ibadan?

Well, it has to be the cleaning culture; both the people and the government.

How do you relax in Ibadan?

I go to Café Crystallis to relax. I also love movies, but I hardly go to the cinema because too many people see me and then I won’t really enjoy the movie.  Likewise, I love hanging out with my kids.

Where’s your favourite amala spot in Ibadan?

Skyelolo and Iya Hadija around Adeoyo Road.

What do you love most about Ibadan?

It’s very peaceful and it’s sort of easy to get to anywhere in Nigeria from Ibadan. It is a good place to be if you know what you’re doing.

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