Renowned gospel singer Tope Alabi has become the center of controversy following a call-out by a traditionalist who accused her of using a sacred slang associated with idol worship during one of her performances.

The traditionalist strongly objected to Tope Alabi incorporating the phrase “Aboru Aboye” into her song, stating that this greeting is exclusively used by practitioners of idol worship, particularly members of the Ogboni confraternity.

In a video capturing the incident, the traditionalist expressed disappointment and criticized Tope Alabi for appropriating their sacred greeting. He emphasized that “Aboru Aboye” carries significant meaning within the traditionalist community and should not be casually used by individuals outside of it.

According to the traditionalist, when greeted with “Aboru Aboye,” the appropriate response is “Aboye Bosise.”

The controversy surrounding Tope Alabi’s use of the sacred slang has ignited discussions on social media and among religious circles. While some argue that she may have unknowingly used the term without understanding its significance, others express concern about cultural appropriation and the need for artists to be mindful of the cultural and religious implications of their expressions.

Tope Alabi has yet to respond publicly to the traditionalist’s accusations. However, this incident serves as a reminder of the importance of cultural sensitivity and respectful engagement when it comes to religious practices and expressions. It also highlights the need for open dialogue and understanding between different belief systems to foster mutual respect and harmony in society.

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