The full name of Tope Alabi is Patricia Temitope Alabi, she was born in Lagos State, but her state of origin is Yewa, Imeko, in Ogun State. She was born in the family of Joseph Akinyele Obayomi and Agnes Kehinde Obayomi. Tope was the only daughter among her siblings she had two brothers. Tope remembered that her mother always loved singing at home, and she often heard her quietly singing to herself, even though she never was a professional singer or a choir member. She said that her mother first wanted her to become a reverend sister because she had a vision about her daughter being Gods minister. However, she realized this is not what was meant by these words, and decided not to put Tope in the convent. Tope has fond memories of her mother, who passed away this year. According to the singer, ]acashe always kept her on the right path and disciplined her. She also gave her very valuable life advice. Despite the fact that their family was not the richest, her mother always reserved enough money for upbringing her children and buying necessary things for them. Tope calls her mother a wonderful woman and a prayer warrior. When Tope was little, she often envisioned herself singing in the stadiums, with crowds of people listening to her. She started singing when she was very young, and at the age of seven, she joined the choir in her local Catholic church. She says that she discovered her talent and passion for singing through messages from God in her sleep. She also understood that this is what she has to do in life, even if she has other passions, for instance, acting or comedy. Education and first career steps Tope received her basic primary and secondary education in Ibadan, at the Akinyele Memorial High School. The future star obtained her WAEC Certificate in 1986. Then, she went on to study at the Polytechnic University in Ibadan, where she received a degree in Mass Communication in 1990. Between 1982 and 1984, Tope discovered her interest in music and drama. She joined the group called Jesters International, who trained her and gave her the drama experience. She also worked as a correspondent at NTA, supervised by Yanju Adegbite. Later, after her university graduation, she worked at the NTA Channel 10. Her next job was Centerspread Advertising Limited, which was situated in the Ilupeju area in Lagos. She decided to return to theatre profession, as she became a part of the prestigious theatre group Alade Aromire Theatre Group. It happened in 1994. She got a chance to express herself as a talented singer and actress and truly started believing in herself. Tope Alabi became exposed to the main ideas of the acting and drama. She got involved in the different movie productions along with the stage drama and the making soundtracks. Tope Alabi is still really grateful to the Alade Aromire Theatre Group because this experience helped her to express herself and expose her talent to the masses, as well as find out more about the Yoruba industry of soundtrack production.