“ Adura lo le se”, “Prayer can do it.” Living according to that philosophy took Lanre Teriba who is now a sensational gospel singer into the limelight in 2000 with his first album Atorise (Reformer).
Prior to becoming an inspiration to many generations, Teriba did not have an easy life. Similar to many, experiencing poverty at a tender age was not easy for Teriba. Seeing his parents fast, pray and sell bags of water to ensure that he and his other siblings ate and went to school left Teriba’s pillow wet every night. However, his parents always made it clear that poverty was not an excuse for not praising God. In spending time at church Teriba’s vocal gift was discovered and once it was discover he began to use it to not only praise God but also to reach out to those of different lifestyles to enlighten them about God.
Once Teriba left home for his post secondary education at Federal Poly Chapter Offa in Kwara state, he refused to forget where he was coming from. Teriba joined a grouped of Palmwine drinkers , known as Kegites at his school and composed many inspirational songs for them , which turned those Palmwine drinkers to people who drank only water. After attaining his degree in Accounting, Teriba searched for a job to no avail. However, he never stopped singing to family, friends and community about God.
One day, he thought to himself about his talent and what the pastor and his parents always tell him which was “pray because prayer is the only way that you can let God know that you want the impossible to become possible.” Teriba began to pray about being useful to God and it came to him that he had to reach all children of God. He began composing songs to praise God and to tell the stories of how he has overcome obstacles and how big his faith in God is. Once he finished composing, he and his family struggled and to get the money he needed to record a demo. They did that because they knew prayer can do it and prayer will let his demo be heard in the right ears. After recording the demo, Teriba tried passing it to several record companies and promoters who all rejected it. But Teriba always knew that if he was meant to be a singer, then he would be. Thus, he continued praying and got a job as a bus conductor. However, one day God was ready for Teriba. Teriba’s older brother ran into a childhood friend, Tunde Olokodana who was now a promoter and he passed his younger brother’s demo to him. Today, Teriba’s music is heard worldwide. His unique way of spreading the word of God has reached believers and has also touched the hearts of non-believers. When Teriba is asked, did you ever think you would get this far? He smiles and simply says, “Adura lo le se. Prayer can do it.”