Osene Odia Ighodaro was born in Benin City, Nigeria into a family of ministers and musicians. At an early age, she sensed a call to ministry that extended beyond familial tradition. This call would take her on a journey that began in children’s choir and advancing into adult choirs. As her vocal talent developed, Her whole life took a major turn when in her first year of college she encountered and was mentored by her campus pastor, Pastor Chris Oyakhilomen, and under this anointing she led an outreach music ministry team ministering within and outside college campuses in Nigeria. She emerged as a musical powerhouse and began receiving invitations to sing at crusades and open air meetings in villages, towns and cities around the nation.
In the Spring of 1983, Osene’s music ministry encountered another shift when she met and began working with Archbishop Benson Andrew Idahosa, founder of Church of God Mission International, (CGMI). As the music minister of CGMI, Osene also led the musical traveling team, Idahosa World Outreach singers. Under her leadership, this group of talented and anointed singers ministered all over Nigeria, Africa, Europe and the United Kingdom with the Archbishop. Locally, she was lead vocalist and music director of CGM Faith Arena in Benin City. She was to later serve as ministry facilitator and Psalmist at the House On The Rock Church in Lagos and Psalmist at Victory Christian fellowship Church in Newcastle, Delaware.
Ordained as a Pastor by Bishop M.E Idahosa, Osene has ministered alongside notable men and women of God all over the world, such as Archbishop Duncan Williams and Helen Baylor, to name a few, and she has sung before presidents, statesmen, councilmen and everyday people on the streets. Her vocal timbre and unmistakable anointing releases a powerful message through song and leads people into the presence of God and into the truth of His kingdom.
Osene also holds an undergraduate degree in zoology, is the author of the book Praise...It’s What I Do, and has released several music CDs. She is the founder of NuSong Ministries, a gospel music consultancy/outreach ministry and hosts a monthly worship gathering, (Times Of Refreshing) in New Castle, Delaware.
Married to Pastor Peace Ighodaro, Osene resides in New Castle, Delaware with her three beautiful daughters, Praise, Shalom and Danielle. When she is not ministering, Osene enjoys spending time with family, traveling and meditating on the Word.