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Nathaniel Bassey, Tope Alabi, Midnight Crew Shine in Experience 2017

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By SAMUEL ABULUDE, Lagos –

For all who were at the Tafawa Balewa Square a fortnight ago, it was all about giving the glory to God as over half a million crowd gathered at the centre as tears, awe and shouts mixed with praise at the 12th edition of Experience 2017 brought men and women, dignitaries and diplomats together.

At 4pm, the Onikan area was a beehive of activities. Indeed music unites all as the LMGC & RCGC choristers started the praise session. The Experience 2017 theme which, ‘Jesus Our King’ resonated in all the songs.

Bolaji Banjoko known as  Beejay Sax exemplified the power of the saxophone as a unique musical instrument as he gave a medley of worship songs and held the congregation bound when he sang the popular hymn, ‘All Hail The Power of Jesus’. Then Ono’s Ariyo stepped into the podium starting with the popular old powerful gospel tunes: Agbara Esu Da Nibi to Jesi gbe ‘joba (meaning where is the Satan’s power where Christ reigns?). She later ministered her songs Alagbara and Jehovah Ebenezer.

The Midnight Crew who has
consistently performed at the Experience concert, rendered songs of praise passionately and stylishly. With songs like Amara ya, Ibenene, Pat King led the quartet singing in diverse genre and languages. The other lady, Odunayo Ojo-Onasanya inspired the all by rendering eulogy of the creator in her Yoruba dialect to the applause of the audience. ‘Oti n Sise re bo…’ (Lord perfect that which you have started) was another old tune that reminded all at Experience of the depth and relevance of the Nigerian gospel music industry. Not many are aware that Fela Kuti’s grandpa, J J Kuti composed the evergreen gospel tune, ‘Ise Oluwa Ko le baje’ meaning God’s work cannot be stopped.

Some of the guest that came include the chief host,
Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode who got an aware of excellence from the organisers, RMD, Alibaba, Hajia Abah Folawiyo, Dame Abimbola Fashola to name a few and leaders of churches in Nigeria. Comedians also gave their A-game- Akpororo, Kenny Blaq, Still Ringing, Pastor Chung all cracked ribs with their jokes delivery.

One thing that resonated at the experience was the oneness and unity of the music artistes. Donnie Mclurkin, 2018 Grammy Award nominee, Travis Greene and Micah Sampley sang our indigenous songs together showing their dexterity. Jamaican singer, Chevelle Franklin also sang Glorious God, Olorun To da Awon Oke Igba ni radiating her sweet spirit on stage. Eben and Tim Godfrey also performed Imara, You are all God by yourself and Fearless presentation that showed that the evil one has lost over slavery in Africa. Songs like Agbara Esu da, Kosa gbara To dabi ti Jesu and Tim Godfrey’s uniqueness took the Experience to the next level as he also sang Agidigba, Jehova Reigns.

Prayers were offered for Nigeria, leaders in government and the church.

Other singers that inspired the audience to a time of praise and thanksgiving were Don Moen, Chioma Jesus, Olowogbogboro crooner, the trumpeter, Nathaniel Bassey and Tope Alabi closed up the session



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