Who is Thelma?
Thelma Benson is a fast rising Lagos-born Nigerian gospel music artiste, born to Cecilia and Benson Efekarurhobo from Delta state. As a child born into a musical family she loved singing, dancing and writing from a very young age.
Thelma is a graduate of Sociology from the University of Lagos, Akoka.
At the age of five she was singing in children’s choir at Church of God Mission in Ago palace way and spent most Saturdays fondly sitting on her dad’s lap singing with her sibling s while he played the grand piano mostly scoring his favourite hymns such as I am thine oh Lord and I will sing a wondrous story and present to the entire family.
Termed the “noisy one” by her siblings she continued to sing with or without an audience, in 1999 her parents moved to Port Harcourt, Rivers state, where she immediately plugged into the new church choir and a dance group called “Jah World” a youth group in a neighbouring church. In 2005, after a badly sprained back she was made to leave the dance group by her parents and she focused more on her music and continued to self-train with some musical influences being the Clark Sisters, Helen Baylor, Rev. Shirley Caesar, Brandy, Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, Cece Winans, Virtue, Trinitee 5.7., and whole list of others.
As a teenager, her first lead role was given to her at her home church, a young Baptist church in GRA Port Harcourt (Ebenezer Baptist Church), where she was the lead praise singer.
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Through the years she has grown as a singer by being a member of several mass choirs such as Triumphant Mass Choir and Dynamic Mass Choir to name a few. However, as a professional singer she started backing up for renowned local gospel artiste like Pastor Chinelo Dilimuno, PITA, Lara George, Gbolahan Odukoya, Gloria Braimah, Sammie Okposo and lots more. In 2015 through the influence of her now home church House on the Rock she was selected by the musical director Wilson Joel to back up for a Grammy award a-list international gospel singer Pastor Donnie McClurkin at the largest Christian concert in the world “The Experience” and her story continues as she begins a solo career in gospel music…Thelma recently performed alongside Sammie Okposo and Jonathan Nelson at African American Worship Experience event.
Thelma is worshipper that loves God, Music, fashion and family.
« Thelma is a true worshipper, her ministration brings out the true meaning of worship – as intended by GOD!»
– Pastor Iheanyi Ejiogu – Liberty House.