Thursday, 18 August 2011

The TRIPLE J PLUS story - How 5-year-old singer was kidnapped on her way to school





How 5-year-old singer was kidnapped on her way to school

· Three years after, she and her sisters are invited to the Bahamas by Dr. Myles Munroe

By Samod Biobaku

Sixthsense34@yahoo.com

The glaring success of musical affiliations like P-Square (Paul and Peter Okoye), M.I, Jesse Jags, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, D’banj, K-Switch and many others whose relationship goes beyond mere musical bonding appears to have triggered a chain reaction within the Nigerian psyche.

While defunct Planshun Boiz could have found it easy to break up, the same would never apply to the like of P-Square (and a host of others); being blood brothers.

Perhaps, this must have been a factor for three promising sisters who fused to become a musical group christened ‘Triple J Plus.’

What began as a musical experiment has today, grown into a brand that has seen them perform at shows, concerts and gigs across the country.

The three sisters, Jemima (aged 17), Jesimiel (15 years old) and 8-year-old Jeiel Abel Damina; all daughters of the faith-teaching preacher, Rev. Dr. Abel Damina formed the all-girl group upon discovering they shared the same undying passion for music.

Ironically, fate appears to have doled out an ace to family especially when viewed from the perspective of the psychological trauma the family was forced to contend with three years ago; precisely 2008.

Three years ago, the youngest member of the group fell into the hands of kidnappers who abducted the young girl on her way to school.

She remained in the custody of her abductors for a harrowing 7 days and was witnessed divine intervention as she was eventually released. Efforts to get further information as regards her abduction, trauma and eventual release proved abortive as the family expressed preference to have that episode of their lives shut away in the realm of the past.

On a brighter note, the group has relegated the ugly episode to the background and today delivers its songs within the Pop, Rock, Hip Hop and R n B genres of music.

Its popular single, ‘XYZ’ was produced by Daniel Jones; an Atlanta-based music producer while the group’s second track, ‘Undefeatable’ was produced by Frank Edwards.

The sisters have already made several appearances on satellite and national TV and radio stations as well as causing a musical frenzy with hit single, XYZ and videos for ‘Undefeatable,’ ‘Victory Station’ and ‘E Don Do.’
Unlike other groups in their age range, Triple J Plus has not limited its spectrum to Gospel music. Rather, it has extended its musical tentacle into genres of music.

After months of hard work, the group has finally wrapped up preparations for the release of its debut album titled ‘Complete Again.’

Interestingly, the sisters have not abandoned their academic pursuits to pursue music. Jemina is on the verge of resuming further studies in the United States later this year.

The group’s performance at the 2011 Children’s Day celebrations at Power City International stands out as a grand testimony to how far they could go if well managed.

They have also enjoyed a large dose of progress as they were endorsed in February 2011 by Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, (National President, Christian Association of Nigeria) as well as Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo (KICC, London). They recently returned from the Bahamas on the invitation of Dr. Myles Munroe.

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