Feyisayo Adekanye was born in Jos on June 20, 2005. She attended Baifor Model Academy, Wumba, Apo Abuja. She completed her secondary education in 2021 and looks forward to studying Mass Communication at the university.
Feyi (as she is fondly called) started her music career at an early age when she accompanied her mum to a music class. Feyi was trained by her mom who is the Music Director of Julie Darling Music School and Orchestra. Her first outing was when she sang with younger kids at the Julie Darling Children Orchestra’s first concert in 2010. When she became older, she started her Violin class. She commenced her music class in Ibadan at the African-American International Christian School as her mum was the music teacher and orchestra teacher then.
Her first participation in a national anthem presentation was when she conducted the Mexican national anthem at the opening ceremony of the Mexican Film Week (a collaboration between the Nigerian Film Corporation and the Mexican Embassy in Nigeria) at the SilverBird Cinema Abuja in 2012. She impressed the Mexican Ambassador with her conducting skills and the Ambassador gave her a souvenir. Feyi also played the Nigerian and Moroccan national anthems with the Julie Darling Children Orchestra at the opening ceremony of the Zuma Film Festival at the Jabi Lake Mall Riverside in 2017.
In 2019, the Julie Darling Children Orchestra held its maiden edition of the 15 National Anthems Concert at the Lead British International School, Gwarimpa, Abuja, and Feyi was among the violinists that played at the concert. The following countries’ national anthems were played: Nigerian, American, British, France, German, Netherlands, Australian, Ghanaian, Greece, Russian, Portugal, Italy, China, Brazil, and the European Union. Of the 15 anthems, the orchestra played ten anthems while the remaining five anthems were played as solos by selected players.
On January 20, 2021, President Joe Biden’s inauguration day, Feyi was among the Julie Darling Children Orchestra that played the American National Anthem at the AIT Studios Live broadcast immediately after President Joe Biden took the oath of office as the 46th President of the United States of America. On February 6, 2022, Feyi sang the British National Anthem in honour of the late Queen of England, Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as she marked 70 years on the throne (Platinum Jubilee Anniversary). It was posted on YouTube on the Franktalknow YouTube platform. It was captioned as Julie Darling Children Orchestra marking the Queen’s 70th-year reign.
On March 3, 2022, on the occasion of the American National Anthem’s Day, Julie Darling Children Orchestra, in collaboration with the Lead British International School, congratulated the United States with the singing of the American National Anthem by Feyisayo Adekanye. It was also posted online and it received commendations from all that watched the video. The video can be found on Facebook on the Julie Darling Children Orchestra Facebook account.
On March 31, 2022, Feyisayo sang Nigeria and Canadian national anthems at the official launch of LGC IPTV at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja. The organisers of the event, Mr. Sam Adewale, Apostle Cornelius Babalola, and King Wale Adesanya came from Canada, hence the need to sing the Canadian Anthem. The event had in attendance Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, and several dignitaries.
On July 4, 2022, America’s 246th Independence Day Anniversary, the Julie Darling Entertainment World, in collaboration with the U.S. Nigeria Trade Council and U.S Africa Trade Council congratulated the United States of America with the singing of the American National Anthem by Feyisayo Adekanye. This video was also well-commended by all who saw it on social media.
On 21st September 2022, the Julie Darling Entertainment World held the second edition of its 15 National Anthems Concert. This was presented by the Julie Darling Chamber Orchestra which was also the debut of the Chamber Orchestra. At this concert, Feyisayo sang three national anthems as Soprano Solo (American, British, and Canadian national anthems) and played five of the anthems as orchestral performances and one as a quartet. On October 25th, 2022, Feyisayo sang the opening national anthem at the Digital Nigeria Conference organized by NITDA Nigeria.
In her music career, Feyisayo has played 16 countries’ national anthems (Nigeria, USA, British, Canada, Australia, France, Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Ghana, Russia, Sweden, Morocco, and the European Union. Twice, Feyisayo has been featured in Alibaba’s events. The first was when she played at Alibaba Seriously on the Network Service of NTA. She played Victor Olaiya’s “Baby Jowo”. The second was when she played at Alibaba’s Spontaneity at the MUSON Centre Lagos where she played Dare Art Alade’s “Pray for Me” and got a standing ovation from Alibaba and the audience.
Her Violin Solo performances also include Bongos Ikwe’s “Otachi kpokpo” and Teni’s “Case”. Feyisayo has played for the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel at an event organised by the Nigeria Rebirth. In 2017, at the sideline events of the Lagos @ 50 celebrations, Feyi played one of the events.
Feyisayo is not only into national anthems, but she is also an avid motion picture critic and analyst. That informed her strong desire to study Mass Communication at the university. Feyi has eyes for little details. Feyi can easily pick continuity flaws in any motion picture on the screen, errors in commercials on TV, production flaws, light balance, set, and anything on the screen. She often jokes by saying “most commercials on TV won’t pass if they go through my screening”. Feyisayo’s motion picture instincts can be said to be inherited from her mom who is a product of the National Film Institute, Jos.
Feyisayo Adekanye is a recipient of the Nigeria Rebirth Award that was presented by the wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo. She has a special interest in phones and their features and can be described as Phone Savvy and Tech Savvy. She loves to cook and experiment with spices. Feyi loves basketball and football. She’s also into “Creative Photography” where she experiments with “dark light”.
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Can the pictures of the mother to this veteran actress be seen in the next epistle because she is the one breeding this wonderful talent