Celebrity Chat Interview of The Week With – Gina Pat Hosted By SammySAS
One thing is having a song, another is creating awareness, management and marketing. Words from Nigeria born, Gospel female music minister, Actress, blogger,
Sammy Sas: Pls can I meet you?
Gina Pat: Am Regina Ada Ubam. Aka Gina Pat. Am from Benue state, Idoma by tribe. First daughter of a family of 19. Lol. We plenty. Am a mother of three lovely kids, two boys and a girl. I was married to late inspector general of police, chief Sunday Udo Udo Ubam, from Akwa Ibom state. Am a born again Christian, a Blogger, Gospel musician, a writer and song writer, a composer and lots more. I have a diploma in banking/finance, degree in languages ( French ) and presently doing my masters in history and international relations with NOUN (National open University of Nigeria).
Sammy Sas: Wow, that’s amazing!
Gina Pat: Thank u
Sammy Sas: So tell us about your early stage in life growing up?
Gina Pat: Just like any child, growing up had its own challenge, especially from a polygamous home. But it was beautiful.
Sammy Sas: So when did you realised you had a passion for music?
Gina Pat: Music is inbuilt.You are born with it and you discover you can sing. And not just singing, but have great passion for it. Music is one thing you will wake me up from sleep, and I will sing effortlessly. I love music, I live for music.
Sammy Sas: So tell us about the journey so far and major moments since the inception of your professional career?
Gina Pat: Woww. It’s been a blessed and favoured one so far. God has been so faithful to me since the inception of my career. My major moments would be my first day at the studio. I couldn’t believe I was actually recording my own song. And of cause when I joined Fogmmon (fellowship of gospel music ministers of Nigeria). Being recognized amongst great people who had already made it in the gospel music industry and set paces for us to step in. Its indeed a dream come true and I don’t take it for granted at all. I give God praise for this privilege.
Sammy Sas: Talking about Fogmmon, you recently performed at the Fogmmon Abuja, mid year Thanksgiving, so tell us how was the experience?
Gina Pat: Hmmmm. No be small thing. Being given the privilege as the artiste of the month to perform before legends like Panama Percy Paul, Prince of the Niger Delta, Prince Asu Ekiye, Samsong, Solomon Lange, Elijah Oyelade and more great minds too numerous to mention, I couldn’t ask for more. It was heaven to me. It was my greatest experience.
Sammy Sas: So with your experience so far, what do you think is the major challenge/problems in the Nigeria Gospel music industry?
Gina Pat: I would say the major challenges would be marketing strategy.The industry is wide for everyone to soar. ‘Cause this days, the number of gospel ministers are increasing by day. Everyone wants to be heard and celebrated. One thing is having a song, another is creating awareness, management and marketing. But of cause, that is why you have Fogmmon. They just don’t give the Gospel music ministers opportunities to be known, they listen to your songs, put you right when there’s need, promote your songs. And also produce, market and gives you the opportunity to shine. And allow the Almighty Father to complete the rest.
Sammy Sas: Interesting.
Sammy Sas: So do you see the Nigerian Gospel music industry going as far as the Grammy?
Gina Pat: Amen oooo. Sooo sure about it.
Sammy Sas: If you were asked to do a collaboration with three secular musicians, local or international, who would you pick?
Gina Pat: Oh ok. Local would be Omawumi, international would be Tina Turner or Regina Bell
Sammy Sas: On a scale of 1- 10, how well do you know your culture and traditions?
Gina Pat: I will say 8
Sammy Sas: Which ethic group/state are you from?
Gina Pat: Am from A’oko in Opidlo, Edumoga, Amejo of Okpokwu local govt area of Benue state.
Sammy Sas: Which local meal can you prepare very well?
Gina Pat: Heyyyy. I no fit count. Too numerous to mention. But make I name few. I can prepare okoho, ogbono, egusi, ofe nsala, bitter leaf soup, afang, edikainkong, Atama, editan, ekpankuko, efo riro, gbegiri, mian kuka, white soup, benisead soup, okpehe soup, banga, okro, etc.
Sammy Sas: Wow! So when are you unveiling Gina Pat kitchen?
Gina Pat: That’s actually my next project
Sammy Sas: Correct!… you done get customer. lol
Gina Pat: In fact, you go eat forget house. Lol.
Sammy Sas: So tell us, what’s your favourite meal?
Gina Pat: White rice with fried plantain
Sammy Sas: What’s your favourite colour?
Gina Pat: Any shade of blue
Sammy Sas: Who are your role models in music and ministry?
Gina Pat: Tasha cobbs, Joanita bynom, Joyce Meyer, Katherine Coleman and Paula white
Sammy Sas: Apart from music, what else do you do?
Gina Pat: Am an interior decorator, I make beads and chops for all occasions.
Sammy Sas: What’s is the secret behind your fashion brand?
Gina Pat: Don’t really have any. But I know looking good is good business. So I wear what comes to my mind. As long as the colours are well combined and very decent.
Sammy Sas: Apart from Jesus,who is your favourite character in the Bible?
Gina Pat: Esther and Ruth
Sammy Sas: Do you think is necessary for a Christian to Speak in tongues?
Gina Pat: It’s only natural that if you have the Holy Spirit rooted in you, you speak in tongues. Because we were meant to understand the language of the Holy Spirit.So if you’re Spirit filled, then you should speak in tongues. But it’s not a do or die affair. lol.
Sammy Sas: What’s your favourite Bible verse?
Gina Pat: Psalm 126:1
Sammy Sas: If you were to be an animal,which animal would you pick?
Gina Pat: I will be a peacock. Its beautiful and has charisma
Sammy Sas: What’s your favourite quote?
Gina Pat: Give back to life what you expect from it.
Sammy Sas: What’s your advice to aspiring and upcoming Gospel music minister’s?
Gina Pat: Always be willing to learn, never think you know too much, never allow pride to take over you because pride comes before a fall. Be very humble in all you do and allow God complete the rest. If you do that, the sky will not be your limit.
Sammy Sas: Where do you see your career in five years time?
Gina Pat: By the special grace of God, I will be where God wants me to be.
Sammy Sas: We know you are a widow. So is there a chance of you still getting married?
Gina Pat: Hmmmmm. This your question. I would still want to give it a try. But not crazy about it. The Will of God be done.
Sammy Sas: So how can your fans reach you on social media?
Gina Pat: facebook; Gina Pat Music.Twitter /IG; @GinaPatmusic . [email protected]
Sammy Sas: Thank you so much for your time ma!
Gina Pat: You’re welcome.
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