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    My Story And My Song

For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield. - Psalm 5:12 (NKJV)

The sixth and the only girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Martins Onaiyekan in Kabba village of Kogi State, Nigeria, Reni never grew up to know her father. "I was told that he went to be with the Lord when I was six months old." She did not have the opportunity to enjoy her mother for long either for her mother died when she was seven years old but "I'm thankful to God to have known her for this short period, I still have a good memory of her" she said.

Reni became an Orphan little girl at age seven and left only to God and her aunt, who was only a petty trader, Reni learned to depend on God early in life. Her aunt enrolled her shortly after her mum passed away in the choir of St. Andrew's Anglican Church Kabba. "The favor of God plus the love of my choirmaster saw me through and in fact made people see the gift of singing that the Lord has put in me." This she said brought her a big encouragement because of being asked to sing solo in church, even as a little girl.

In her high school years, Reni continued singing solo at the school auditorium every other week and sometimes duet with a childhood friend of hers. "Despite the various needs that I had as a child, love was something I never lacked both in and out of home."

Eventually, she went to college at the University of Ilorin in Nigeria, where she got her Bachelor’s degree in English. "In my college years, the Lord kept me singing even though I had not totally surrendered to Him"… she was a member of the college chapel choir (Chapel of Light). "In my senior year of college, I finally surrendered my all to the Lord Jesus and rededicated my life to Him."        
                                                                                                                                         
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