Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Jonathan Inaugurates N300m CAN Leadership Centre


President Goodluck Jonathan has inaugurated the N300 million Jubilee Resort and Leadership Centre built by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Abuja.

 “I am indeed happy that today we are talking about the leadership centre,” he said at the ceremony, urging the association to ensure that it used the centre to train future Nigerian leaders with strong moral and fiscal discipline.
“The greatest asset of any society is leadership – from the family to business; from the church to the national level.

“I believe this centre will be used to model and mould leaders, especially those Christians, who are aspiring to be leaders at all levels in the church, in business, in the educational institutions, and of course in the political setting,” the News Agency of Nigeria reported.
The president said that Nigerians would always expect that if a Christian was governor of a state, there would be a difference.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bishop Warns BuharI About PDP Defectors

The Diocesan Bishop, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Diocese of Egba, Rt Reverend Emmanuel Adekunle has warned President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari to be careful of the defecting politicians from the Peoples Democratic Party. He says "Buhari should not to allow the defectors pollute his administration".

Adekunle gave the counsel on Tuesday, April 21, while speaking with journalists in Abeokuta.

He said: “Since the APC won the presidential election, politicians from other political parties started moving to the APC.

“I must sound a note of caution, the president-elect should be careful of appointing those who are defecting from another political parties to the APC as ministers or into other key positions. Because, they have different ideologies and values.”

“They are coming from a different system. He should not appoint those who will pollute his administration. Nigerians are expecting much from him; so, he has to be careful about those who will work with him.”

Speaking further, Adekunle advised Buhari to appoint technocrats in different fields to fill his cabinet.

“The president-elect must look beyond the political party he belongs to in choosing his ministers. The issue is about building the country and not about building any political party. So the President should also consider technocrats, who may be in other political parties. The change we want is about masses-oriented programmes.”

Christian Refugees Formed Human Chain to Escape Being Thrown to Their Deaths by Muslims

Christian refugees fleeing war and poverty in Africa to seek a better life in Europe recounted how they formed a human chain last Thursday to avoid being thrown to their deaths in the Mediterranean along with 12 of their brothers during a clash over their faith with Muslims on a migrant boat near southern Italy.

"The motive for the resentment was traced to their faiths," police in the Sicilian capital Palermo noted in a Newsweek report of the drowned Christians. "Twelve people are said to have drowned in the waters of the Mediterranean, all of them Nigerian and Ghanaian."

Italian police arrested 15 African men from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal alleged to have thrown the Christians to their deaths based on survivor accounts.

Surviving Christians who were on the boat carrying 105 migrants revealed in a Daily Mail report that they would have suffered the same fate if they had not formed a "human chain."

Christian refugees have revealed how they linked arms to form a human chain in a desperate bid to stop Muslim migrants from throwing them into the sea after an argument about religion.

David Cameron Preaching to Pentecostals & Praying with Sikhs

David Cameron courted both Christian and Sikh voters, visiting a Sikh temple in Kent the day after speaking at the Festival of Life in London – the UK's largest Christian gathering.

Led by Pastor EA Adeboye, the general overseer of the Nigerian Pentecostal Redeemed Christian Church of God, the Festival of Life attracted some 45,000 people to the ExCeL at midnight on Friday. Giving a keynote speech, Cameron joked that catering the event "must be like feeding the 5,000... you must be relieved that it's just spiritual food on the menu tonight."

To rousing applause, the prime minister quoted Jesus in Matthew's Gospel: "Together we are all part of one family. As Jesus said with his arms outstretched to his disciples: 'Here are my mother and my brothers, for whoever does the will of my father in heaven is my brother, my sister and my mother'.

"And that is what we are, as God's children we are all one big family," he continued. Cameron told those gathered that while as a young boy he thought churches had to look a certain way, with a slate roof, a large spire, pews and a pulpit, "you've proved that church is people, church is a family, and it doesn't matter what the roof is made of, because with your energy, your devotion, your love of Jesus Christ, you raise that roof every time."

Join Nike Adeyemi, Nkoyo Rapu, Lara George, Fola Achudume, Olumayokun Oreofe for Women of Destiny Conference 2015

Daystar Church presents Women of Destiny Conference 2015 themed "God's Change Agent". 

Join Nike Adeyemi, Nkoyo Rapu, Fola Achudume, Olumayokun Oreofe, Lara George and more for this destiny-shaping event!

The Women of Destiny Conference 2015 will hold between Friday 24th – Sunday 26th, April 2015 at Plot A3C Ikosi Road, Oregun Ikeja Lagos at Plot A3C Ikosi Road, Oregun Ikeja 

For Enquiries, call +234 808 617 7777 or 234 815 627 3120

Admission is FREE!

Monday, April 20, 2015

MUSIC: Florocka & Nikki Laoye – You Are Good (The Worship Sessions Vol 2)‏

Multi-Talented Recording artist, FLOROCKA popularly known as FLO has just released another single, “You are Good”, off his recently released double CD album, The Worship Sessions Volume 1 & 2.

"You Are Good" is a beautiful collaboration with the award winning singer, Nikki Laoye, the song is a soul stirring masterpiece of worship, superbly delivered by the two artists.

 

FLOROCKA had this to say about the inspiration behind creating the song:

“Whilst working on the 2nd volume of my Worship Sessions Album, I felt the urge to write about the goodness of God (Jesus Christ) to me. I had long yearned for a song that could give me room to express my gratitude. I then decided to title the song exactly the way i ‘felt’ – ‘YOU ARE GOOD’.

VIDEO: Were Were by Chris Ade

Highly rated Season 5 contestant of the MTN Project Fame singing competition, Chris Ade makes a huge comeback with the release of the beautiful visual to his 2014 hit song, “Were Were” (meaning ‘Patience’ in English).

"Were Were" is a fantastic rendition by Chris in which he combines great use of African instruments and rich lyrical content that preaches patience & waiting for God's time.

The video was directed by St.Immaculate. Watch below


MUSIC: Wole Oni – Cover Me Lord

Jazz Musician, Maestro, Multi-Award Winning Music Producer, and CEO of Instinct Productions, WOLE ONI, releases his first single (song) titled ‘COVER ME LORD’, after about 30 years in the music industry.

The song narrated by Brycee Bassey, features a 150 voice choir, and selected artistes such as Nene SoulDiva (The present voice coach for Nigerian Idol), Silver Saddih, Abraham Great, Darren Great, Raymond Chinedu, Amaka Oforbuike, Joseph Bashorun, Amina, Tosin Omotunde, Obinna Dike, Marie-Orange Dike, Emily liu, to mention a few.

Wole Oni, who is a United Nations International Ambassador for Peace, has produced well over 7,000 songs, both within Nigeria and the international circuits. He has recorded several notable hit songs such as ‘Olomi’ (Tosin Martins), Igwe (Midnight Crew), ‘If It A’int’ (Silver Saddih), ‘Hallelujah’ & ‘Ijoba Orun’ (Lara George), The centenary Theme Song, `mama peace etc.

The quality of the musical expressions of Wole Oni’s piano playing, sizzling effect of the flute, the acoustic steel / nylon and electric guitar creates a delightful cohesiveness, and the deliberate inclusion of the percussions adds a surround width to ‘Cover Me Lord’, while the depth is considered as pioneering to this musical experience.

Wole Oni documents the secret of his successes over the years in the word narration of this single, and attempts to pass that information across, the motive being to give back to anyone who is willing to listen. Wole Oni says “My ‘Source’ has always been God, and His mercy and grace alone has been my cover. Enjoy the song and experience life”.

 









Sunday, April 19, 2015

VIDEO TEASER: Wole Oni On Forthcoming Single “Cover Me Lord”

It is no longer news that Ace Producer Wole Oni is set to release his debut single titled ‘Cover Me Lord”, what is news however is that the release date has been shifted to the 20th of April 2015 to aid a perfect delivery and Wole Oni has spoken about the song describing it as ‘a prayer song’ in a new video clip uploaded to his Youtube Page. Watch video below

Nosa, PITA, Monique, Nilkki Laoye & More To Minister at Sammie Okposo's ‘Praise Party’

Sammie Okposo’s Praise Party #SOPP is back and has been scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2015. It promises to be an atmosphere of radical praise, intense worship, deep intercession & dance.

Starting from 2PM – 9PM, the heavens will kiss the earth at Grace Gardens Events Centre, Plot 4, Duro Simi Etti, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Nigeria.

Join Sammie Okposo along side Frank Edwards, PITA, Tim Godfrey, Onos, Efe Nathan, Eben, Nosa, Mike Abdul, Monique, Lara George, Nikki Laoye, Anny, Sabina, Tehila Crew, Ayo Vincent, MK, Henrisoul, MC Abbey, Akpororo, Oreva4ever and lots more. “Come join us lets sow a seed of praise, worship, dance & intercession for a better Nigeria.” - Sammie Okposo

Admission is FREE!!!

Save the date! 01.05.15

Green Carpet: 12PM – 2PM.

Bill Winston, Sam Adeyemi, Micah Stampey, Mike Okonkwo, Others To Minister at House On The Rock’s Dominion Word Conference 2015

House on the Rock Church will kick off with the 2015 edition of its annual Word Conference on the 22nd of April, 2015.

The theme for the conference, Grace for Grace, is taken from Romans 5:17 – “…those who receive an abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign through the one Jesus Christ”

This edition will be even more explosive as an array of local and international ministers have been lined up for the conference. Ministering are Word of Faith preacher, Dr. Bill Winston, Bishop Tudor Bismark, Inspirational teacher, Pastor Mensah Otabil, Bishop Mike Okonkwo of TREM worldwide, Pastor Sam Adeyemi of Daystar Christian Centre and host , Pastor Paul Adefarasin of House on The Rock.

American gospel music minister, Micah Stampley & Nigerian gospel ministers, Nathaniel Bassey, Eben, as well as the House on The Rock choir will be on hand to lead the praise and worship sessions.

The Word Conference will hold from Wednesday to Friday from 5pm each day and on Saturday, a Focus on the Family seminar for couples to build better marriages and families from 11:30am to 2pm. It all comes to a close on Sunday with a Super Celebration Service from 9am to 12 noon. All sessions will be at The Rock Cathedral (House on The Rock), Lekki-Epe Expressway (4th Roundabout), Lagos.

To enable easy access to and departure from the venue, House on The Rock will be providing buses at different bus stops in Lagos Island and the Mainland: 

Christians and Religious Minorities Are Pleading for Action

In an address at a UN Conference on the theme: "The Persecution of Christians Globally: A Threat to International Peace and Security", Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the United Nations, urged the international community to act in protecting Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East.

Read the text of Archbishop Auza's address below 

"United Nations, New York, 17 April 2015 
Your Excellencies, Distinguished Panelists, 
Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Before the tens of thousands who came to St. Peter's Square to listen to his Easter Message to the City of Rome and to the World last April 6, Pope Francis vigorously appealed to raise up "intense prayer" and "tangible help" for the Christians throughout the world, "who are being persecuted, exiled, killed, and decapitated for the sole reason that they are Christians." 

Buhari’s Victory, False Prophecies and Raging of the Heathens by Obinna Akukwe

Lots of stomach infrastructure prophets in Nigeria predicted the victory of Jonathan at the just concluded presidential polls in Nigeria, describing Buhari’s supporters as heathens raging against the Lords Anointed. I am yet to see any of them that predicted a Buhari victory. Mcheeew!

These misguided spokespersons of God gave us lectures of how Jonathan is the David that will defeat Goliath of the Philistines (Buhari). In all the meetings of clerics I attended around Abuja, Enugu, Lagos, Port Harcourt  and environs, I hear the same tale of how God told some pastors  that a Buhari presidency will Islamize Nigeria and how God intends his people to pray out this heathen who wants to return them ( not myself) back to Egypt. We were also told that God will give Jonathan a second term victory because he has not finished his assignment.

I never discerned all these things prophetically and I know that these statements are not from the Spirit of God. In one of the meeting of a closed group of ministers in Abuja, I blurted out angrily at one of the prophetic tale bearer asking “does God intend to keep a most corrupt president, are you aware that the economy is in so much bad shape that there may be no money to pay salaries by the end of this year if leakages in the system is not drastically cut.  Are you aware that many State Governments having huge debt profile, endangering the economic status of their states? Which parameter is your God using to declare Jonathan a savior despite grinding poverty in the land.….”

Featured Article:Pastor Bosun's call, Buhari’s ‘jihad’ and Christianity in Nigeria by Rev. Christopher Akinola

Few months ago in Nigeria, around the time the constitutional conference was going on in Abuja, an audio message by a certain Pastor Bosun Emmanuel, who represented the Christian Association of Nigeria at the conference, began to make the rounds within and outside Nigeria. The audio message, amongst a number of things, described General Mohammadu Buhari, who was running for President, as an Islamic fundamentalist who, if elected, would Shariarize Nigeria. It also shared that, like in Turkey (ancient Ephesus), Christianity in Nigeria is on its way to obliteration through Jihad. 

Bosun claimed that Christians and Christianity are in trouble because Muslims are strategizing to Islamise Nigeria and that Christians should be vigilant. Bosun’s voice reverberated as the message received massive listening and distribution. The leadership of the RCCG, a mother Church to the assembly that hosted Bosun had since dissociated itself from the message. 

I wish I could celebrate my 65th birthday in Nigeria —Don Moen

In a recent interview with Rita Okonobo, Globally celebrated gospel musician, Don Moen speaks on his life, marriage, music, love for Nigerians and how he wishes he could celebrate his 65th birthday in Nigeria.

Read Excerpts from the interview below.

Why did you decide to go into gospel music ministry?

In the 70s and 80s, I travelled extensively with a Christian musical group called Living Sound, and saw first hand the powerful combination of music and evangelism. I started writing songs as a result of this experience and then recorded a project for Integrity Music called “Give Thanks” which was distributed worldwide, thus launching my career in gospel music. It’s really an amazing story.

You traced your inspiration for gospel music to a dream you had in 1981. What has the experience been these past 34 years? 

Vatican envoy demands UN keep 'eyes wide open' to persecution of Christians

Speaking on April 17 to a UN session on the persecution of Christians, Archbishop Bernardito Auza said that world leaders should approach the question “with both of our eyes wide open.”

“And as we consider in depth the details of the persecution of Christians across the globe, it’s going to be very difficult to keep our eyes dry,” the Vatican’s representative continued.

“Even as we speak,” Archbishop Auza said,” thousands across the world are being persecuted, deprived of their fundamental human rights, discriminated against and killed simply because they are believers.”

The archbishop detailed the recent acts of violence against Christians:

In Iraq and Syria, in Nigeria and Libya, in Kenya and in regions of the Asian subcontinent, the earth has been getting literally soaked with blood. We have seen barbaric images of Coptic Christians beheaded in Libya; churches filled with people blown up during liturgical celebrations in Iraq, Nigeria and Pakistan; ancient Christian communities driven out of their homes on the biblical Plain of Nineveh; Christian students executed in Kenya...

Archbishop Auza reminded his UN audience that Christians face particularly intense persecution in the Middle East. He reported that in the past 25 years, an estimated 2 million Christians have fled from Iraq; in neighbouring countries, too, ancient Christian populations are disappearing, he said.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pastor Adeboye of RCCG prays for UK's PM David Cameron


The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E.A. Adeboye prayed for UK's Prime Minister David Cameron at the ongoing ‘Festival of Life’ programme holding in London.

Though no official reasons have been given for attending the programme, one wonders if it has anything to do the upcoming elections in the UK. Cameron of the Conservative Party will be up against Ed Milliband of Labour Party & Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrat at the elections holding on the 7th of May, 2015

Here are some of the pictures taken from Pastor Adeboye's Facebook page.and LindaIkeji

David Cameron and Pastor Adeboye






































Italy downplays, Obama mum on drowned Christian migrants

The prime minister of Italy, with President Obama at his side, downplayed reports Friday that Christian migrants were targeted for death by Muslims who threw them overboard and drowned them in the Mediterranean Sea during a recent crossing from Libya.

At a joint White House press conference, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said in response to a reporter’s question that there is “not [a] problem of clash of religions in Italy.” Mr. Renzi portrayed the problem as a lack of stability in Libya that is prompting illegal immigration to Italy.

“The problem is not a problem of clash of religions,” Mr. Renzi said through an interpreter. “It’s a problem of human dignity. We are absolutely committed to solve this problem, and I am confident if this become a priority …”

The U.S. reporter who asked the question directed it at Mr. Renzi. Mr. Obama, who sometimes offers answers to questions posed to his foreign counterparts at joint press conferences, remained silent on the subject.

Pastor TB Joshua Preaches Change

Popular televangelist, Christian minister and faith healer, Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly referred to as T.B.Joshua, has a thought-provoking message.  

The founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), which runs a Christian television station called Emmanuel TV took to his Instagram page on April 16, 2015, to ask a thought-provoking question.

He shared “The LORD is not so much interested in how many times you go to church, pray and fast a day, how much Christian service you render, the amount of tithes and offerings you pay, the Christian titles and names you bear – as the number of people’s lives you have affected. Many people are suffering out there; they want to change but do not just know how to go about it. How many lives are you capable of CHANGING? How many have you CHANGED? This is what matters to HIM.”

Joshua is known for his popularity across Africa and his online presence, with over 1,500,000 fans on Facebook and hundreds of YouTube videos which have proved controversial and amassed millions of views. In 2011, according to Forbes, Joshua was Nigeria’s 3rd richest pastor.

The Hashtag #BringBackOurGirls Is Not Enough; says activist, Emmanuel Ogebe

The hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted a year ago by the group Boko Haram deserve a major, sustained rescue effort, says a Nigerian lawyer who urges far more global attention for the wider crisis in the country.

“Every day of captivity for these girls is a dark day in their lives and their parents’ lives. It's harder to keep hope alive,” international human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe of the U.S.-Nigeria Law Group told CNA April 14.

He said not enough is being done to find the girls. In his view, intervention of an international coalition is needed.

“The world hasn’t aligned itself similarly to counteract Boko Haram, as they are doing with ISIS,” he said, referencing the Islamic State terrorist group, to which Boko Haram has reportedly pledged allegiance.

On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram militants abducted nearly 300 predominantly Christian girls from a secondary school in Chibok. Several dozen escaped, but there are 219 girls believed to remain in captivity.

Escapees have reported rape, forced marriage, forced labor and abuse. The group International Christian Concern said some of the abuse was intended to coerce them into rejecting Christianity.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed the abducted girls have all converted to Islam and have been married, Agence France Presse reports.

Gospel Artistes Should Focus on Praising God - Najite Obebi


Nigerian idol star and gospel music sensation, Najite Obebi has called on Nigerian gospel artistes to concentrate more on praising God and promoting the scripture instead of praising self for personal aggrandizement at the expense of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The third runner up in the last Nigeria Idol Competition stated this in an interview with The Tide Entertainment after her wonderful performance on stage at the last Easter choral festival organized by the Rivers State Broadcasting Corporation (RSBC) at the Alfred Diete Spiff Civil Centre, Moscow Road Port Harcourt.

She said, “it is more glorifying to promote the source than the gift, God is the source who gives the inspirational gift to sing, so his gospel and the scripture must be promoted through music in order to win souls to his everlasting Kingdom especially now that we are living in the end times”.

The gospel singer observed that most of the so called modern day gospel artistes concentrate more on themselves in order to gain cheap recognition and financial gratification, hence they compromise the gospel of our Lord Jesus. She said the trend must stop and honour should be given to whom it is due and that is God and his begotten son Jesus Christ.

Chibok girls Who Escaped Offer Hope to Captives: 'Always Believe in God, That God Is There for You'

Four Chibok girls, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014 and later escaped, acting as silent witnesses during a Hudson Institute discussion on Boko Haram in Washington D.C. on March 23, 2015.

One year after Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram raided an all-girls school in Chibok, Nigeria, and took 200 young girls captive, three of them who managed to escape are now offering hope to the remaining captives, with a message that God is there for them.

"The message is be brave and courageous," said Deborah, one of the three escapees who spoke to Al-Jazeera marking the one year anniversary of the event which drew international attention. "Be a hard worker and always believe in God, that whatever you are going through, God is there for you, He will help you. Have ambition that you are great and you were made to be a great person."

Boko Haram, reportedly targeted the school because it was educating young women, including 163 Christians and 15 Muslims. The organization wants to establish an Islamic caliphate and return to Sharia law, often described as oppressive to women and girls.

Friday, April 17, 2015

12 Nigerian, Ghanaian Christians thrown into sea by Senegalese muslims

Italian police on Thursday said 12 African migrants had died after being thrown overboard by fellow passengers in the latest high-seas tragedy in the Mediterranean, as another 41 boat migrants were feared drowned in a separate incident.

Police in the Sicilian port of Palermo said they had arrested 15 Muslim migrants suspected of attacking Christian passengers after a religious row on a boat headed for Italy, which is struggling to cope with a huge spike in illegal migrants arriving on its shores.

The 12 victims were all Nigerians and Ghanaians while the 15 suspects came from Senegal, Mali and Ivory Coast. They were charged with “multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate,” according to a police statement.

Distraught survivors, who set off from Libya on Tuesday before being rescued by an Italian vessel on Wednesday, told a “dreadful” story of “forcefully resisting attempts to drown them, forming a veritable human chain in some cases,” police said.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MUSIC: Assent Tweed – Something More Than Gold


The multi-talented singer, songwriter, instrumentalist ( keyboardist) and music director at Christ Embassy Southern Africa, Assent Tweed has released brand new single titled “Something More Than Gold”.

“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place” Corinthians 2:14

 

EVENT: Samsong To Host Album Release Concert & 25 Years On Stage Celebration May 10

Ace Gospel music vocalist and multi-award winner ‘Samsong’ AKA ‘Churchboy’ is set to release his fifth studio album in a music concert like never before. This concert also features his Silver Jubilee celebration of 25 Years on stage doing music professionally.

Samsong who is popularly known for evergreen hit songs such as ‘Count Your Blessings’, ‘Bianule’, ‘Odogwu’, to mention a few is going all out this time with features on his new album titled “ON TOP OF THE WORLD” from gospel music heavyweights Sinach, Midnight Crew, Panam Percy Paul, Joe Praise, Chris Morgan, Paul Nwokocha as well as Omenesa, Promise Benson, Steve Willis and Richy Rich.

The concert will feature live on stage Sinach, Joe Praise, Panam Percy Paul, Chioma Jesus, Solomon Lange, Chris Morgan, Asu Ekiye, Omenesa, Steve Willis, Promise Benson and many more.

Date: May 10th, 2015
Venue: Transcorp Hilton, Abuja
Time: 5pm (Red Carpet starts 4pm)
Gate: N1,000 Regular N3,000 VIP

Worship With Gbenga Adenuga (WWGA); The Third Edition May 17

Rave-making gospel act, Gbenga Adenuga, will set Lagos agog again on Sunday May 17th when he hosts the third edition of his live worship concert series for music lovers.

Tagged Worship With Gbenga Adenuga (#WWGA), the concert holds at the AGIP hall of the MUSON Centre, Onikan from 5 – 8pm.

The Awimayehun crooner is expected to take participants right to the throne of grace with mastery delivery of some of his hit tracks. Other gospel artistes will also share the podium with him at the concert which is expected to attract no fewer than 400 worshippers.

Since the concert series debuted on Sunday January 11th 2015, it has continued to grow in stature and popularity, drawing massive worshippers. Adenuga has always utilized the platform to share some of his new compositions, ushering participants to unprecedented level of intimacy with their maker. 

Admission is FREE but REGISTRATION is required. Call 08099191662 to get registered OR click http://goo.gl/oSvUs7 to register online

Get Set For "1st Impression” Family Comedy Concert (Season 2) by Comedian, 1stBon

1stBon, Nigerian comedian and singer 1stBon who made a debut of his family comedy concert series 1st Impressions last year is set to return with a new season on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

The concert branded “1ST Impression (Season Two) with 1stBon LIVE” will feature various comedians and artistes to give the audience a memorable experience.

Some of the comedians expected to grace the stage include Omobaba, Koffi, Yaw, Helen Paul, Lepacious Bose, MC Abbey, Still Ringing, Peteru, Kenny Black amongst others. There will also be a special guest appearance by Alibaba.

You can also expect music performances by Nosa, Eben, Mike Abdul, Monique, Tobe Alabi, Big B, Psalmos, Bolaji Sax and many others.

Venue: Event Centre, Plot 1, Block B, Hakeem Balogun Street, Off Cadbury, Agidingbi, Alausa, Lagos.

Time: 3pm

Regular Tickets: N2000, VIP: N5,000, Table for 10: N100,000

It Is Uncertain Chibok Girls Will Be Found - Buhari

On the first anniversary of the kidnapping of hundreds of girls by Boko Haram from a school in northeast Nigeria, President-elect Muhammadu Buhari said he is uncertain whether the 219 who are still missing will ever be found.

"We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown," Buhari said on Tuesday. "As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them." The President, who will take office May 29, added, "What I can pledge, with absolute certainty, is that starting on the first day of my administration Boko Haram will know the strength of our collective will and commitment to rid this nation of terror, and bring back peace and normalcy to all the affected areas."

One year ago, the schoolgirls were kidnapped from the town of Chibok by the extremist group, which has terrorized the northeastern regions of Nigeria for six years in an attempt to establish an Islamic caliphate.

Chibok kidnapping first anniversary, 20 parents have died

On 14 April, 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped 275 girls from their local school in Chibok, Nigeria. It was the Islamic extremist group's largest abduction in a long campaign of kidnappings and it generated global headlines at the time, with even the likes of Michelle Obama speaking up on their behalf. One year on and most of the girls - Open Doors sources say 232 - remain missing, government assurances have come to nothing, and Boko Haram's violence in the region has intensified.

Sadly, whatever their eventual fate, some of the girls will never see their parents alive again: the charity has learnt that parents of up to 20 of the girls have died due to stress-related diseases during the last year. Their deaths reflect the devastation caused by these kidnappings.

Chibok is just one of many communities which Open Doors is supporting as it lives with the aftermath of extremist violence.

Depreciating Value of Naira Can Affect Christian Pilgrimage Adversely - Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board

The Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Christian Wing, on Monday in Ibadan said the depreciating value of the Naira could adversely affect the 2015 pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Mr David Ishola, Secretary to the board, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the exchange rate of the Naira to the dollar was a major determinant of the cost of pilgrimage.

He said, "the exchange rate of Naira to the dollar is a major determinant of the cost of pilgrimage.

"Last year, the Federal Government gave concessional exchange rate of one dollar to N150 but as we speak now a dollar is over N200.

"This means that this year, pilgrimage's cost will be higher and very few will be able to afford going on self-sponsored pilgrimage unless the Naira appreciates in value".

Ishola said that in 2014, only 566 Christian Pilgrims from the state journeyed to the Holy Land out of the 1,000 target the board had.

He appealed to the government not to discontinue the sponsorship of pilgrimage.

Unite Nigerians, Christians urge Buhari

THE Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) has urged the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, to unite Christians, Muslims and those of other faith, for him to have a successful government.

CCN, one of the groups under the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), also drew Buhari’s attention to issue of power supply, as well as tackling of corruption, which cut across every sector of the government.

Its president, His Eminence Emmanuel Udofia and the general secretary, Reverend Dr Wushishi Yusuf, made the suggestions at a press briefing on Wednesday.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Wole Oni Set To Release Debut Single “Cover Me Lord” April 15


​Prolific producer Wole Oni has revealed in a recent interview that he will be releasing his debut single this April, after about 3 decades in music production. The new single titled “Cover Me Lord” has been over 6 months in the making and has over 150 people who contributed to the production, on it.

I’m releasing this as a first from the series of my collection which will be my giving back to the public…

I have been working on this one for the past six months [because] I had to bring in different sounds including 25 different percussion, flute, nylon, steel, acoustic guitar, the piano, electric bass, electric guitar, different sonic sounds, a hundred-man choir and 4 lead singers.

We also used about 8 different languages including English, Yoruba, Ibibio, Ibo, Hausa, Chinese, French and Spanish. As a matter of fact, I have over 150 people on this song.” – Wole Oni said.

“Cover Me Lord” will be released on the 15th of April 2015. The song – according to Wole Oni – has been with him since his childhood days, it was recorded in about four different places across the world including London, Ireland, Nigeria and more. The song also has Nigerian-American actress Brycee Adiah Bassey as the narrator.

Wole Oni is credited for hits including Midnight Crew’s “Igwe”, Tosin Martins’ “Olo Mi”, Lara George’s “Ijoba Orun”, Onyeka Onwenu’s “Peace Song” and many more. He is the founder and CEO of Instinct Productions and Wole Oni Music Productions (WOMP).

VIDEO: TB Joshua predicted Kenya terror attack in 2012

The Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria claims that its controversial lead pastor TB Joshua predicted attack on a university in Kenya back in 2012.

TB Joshua is a prominent religious figure in Nigeria because of claimed prophetic and faith healing abilities. He is currently under investigation by the Lagos State Government for the collapse of a six-storey building at his church complex in September last year that killed more than 100 people.

Four militants affiliated with the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab stormed a university campus in Garissa and specifically targeted Christian students. More than 140 students were killed during the assault. The Somali militant group said that the attack was in retaliation for Kenya's assistance to the African Union peacekeepers currently fighting against them. 

Emmanuel TV, All Nations' media arm, uploaded a video of TB Joshua in 2012 making a prediction."I have a message for Kenya now, It is not yet over because I am seeing school children being targeted. They attacked in a school - a situation where you learn something happened to the children. A touch on the children is a touch on God. They should pray fervently," the controversial Nigerian pastor urged. 

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Can Nigeria's new president Muhammadu Buhari crack down on country's crooked pastors?

Plans by president-elect Muhammadu Buhari to crack down on Nigeria's crooked super-pastors could spark a civil war, a leading researcher has warned.

Many Nigerians see the Muslim Buhari as a non-corrupt politician, tough on corruption and eager to regulate the "pervasive activities" of the so-called miracle healers in the volatile west African nation.

Walking down the streets of Nigeria's South, the number of Pentecostal preachers claiming to have been present at miracle healings or cleansed their followers of evil spirits is bewildering.

In the 1980s and 1990s the few Pentecostal churches were well regulated but, claims Nigerian psychology and criminology researcher Chima Agazue, since then the proliferation of super-pastors has resulted in millions of citizens squeezing into thousands of churches to pay priests for good fortune in their lives.

"This is what you hear every minute everywhere you go, in public transport vehicles, walking down the streets. It's not about going to church," Agazue told IBTimes UK. "Everything is about Jesus, Jesus, Jesus and money."

Boko Haram Violence: Christians Take Revenge Against Muslims In Nigeria

Christians are attacking Muslims in northern Nigeria in revenge for allegedly backing the Boko Haram militant group. The Nigerian government recently reclaimed some northern territories from Boko Haram, but some Muslim residents said they were afraid to return home because of harassment from their Christian neighbors, according to media reports. 

One Muslim said a friend's wife was found floating in a river with her hands tied behind her back after she tried to hike through a Christian district. Salihi Ateequ, a member of the Adamawa State Muslim Council, said his sister was carrying an infant on her back when she was ambushed by Christians. Both were hacked to death. 

“The Christians believe the Muslims invited Boko Haram to come and kill them,” Ateequ said. “So now it’s vengeance and every Muslim is a target.”

Boko Haram militants have targeted Christian congregations and leaders in recent months, burning down churches and slaughtering villages. In all, Boko Haram has killed roughly 13,000 people and left millions more displaced during its six-year insurgency.

Featured Article: How a Pentecostal law professor help shape Nigerian politics By Nick Street

I met Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s vice president-elect, two years ago, during the annual convening of the mammoth Holy Ghost Congress at Redemption Camp near Lagos, Nigeria. Back then, Osinbajo — a law professor and former attorney general of Lagos State — was supervisor of social responsibility projects for the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Nigeria’s largest and wealthiest Pentecostal denomination.

At the end of May, Osinbajo will be sworn in as the second highest-ranking public official of Africa’s most populous country and its largest economy. What prognostications can I make about his potential contributions to the new administration, based on my impressions from that meeting?

The theme of that year’s Holy Ghost Congress — “Signs and Wonders” — threaded through sermons, healing services, ecstatic prayer sessions and an altar call that stretched to half an hour to allow time for would-be converts to make the kilometer-long trek from the back of the main Redemption Camp structure to the enormous stage at the front.

The Christian case for Nigeria’s new Muslim president

Christians were concerned about corruption, Boko Haram, and the last election’s retaliatory violence. 

Nigeria’s newest president is Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim endorsed by Christian leaders who hope he can combat corruption and sectarian terrorism.

A former general who ruled Nigeria for a short time after a military coup in the 1980s, Buhari beat out incumbent Goodluck Jonathan by nearly 2 million votes. It is the first time in Nigerian history that an opposition candidate won the presidential election, according to The Economist. Buhari had finished as a runner-up in three previous elections. “Despite the enormous tension and apprehension that preceded the election, Nigerians have demonstrated political maturity that elections can be won and lost without recourse to violence or acrimony,” said the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ayo Oritsejafor, in a statement. His colleague, Shuaibu Byel, who leads CAN’s northeast branch, praised Jonathan for accepting defeat and congratulating Buhari, calling him “a man of peace.”Catholic bishops, among other religious leaders, see Buhari as “a man of integrity and decency who can fight corruption and Boko Haram,” John Bakeni, secretary of the Catholic diocese in Maiduguri, told RNS.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hundreds Of Abducted Schoolgirls May Have Been “Killed” By Boko Haram Militants

The U.N. human rights chief has warned that all 276 Christian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 may have been among a group of women slaughtered by Boko Haram last month, Nigerian media reported Monday, April 6.

The influential ThisDay newspaper cited Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein as saying that “The recent recovery of territories in northeastern Nigeria has brought to light macabre scenes of mass graves and more obvious signs of killings by Boko Haram.”

He cited various reports obtained by his office in Geneva which "include the murder of the wives of combatants, women and girls actually held in slavery.”

The allegations come as a setback for president-elect Muhammadu Buhari. He swore to rescue the schoolgirls, who were seized from a boarding school in the northeast town of Chibok in April 2014, if elected president.

Featured Article: Looters Of $142billion Nigeria’s Oil Revenue Not Working For Jesus Christ By Obinna Akukwe

Those who looted the over $142 billion dollars oil revenue in the last five years of Jonathan’s regime cannot be working for Jesus Christ, even if some of them bear Christian names, preach in their churches and give fat tithes and offerings. Those who looted state and local government treasury under any of the parties are all guilty of stealing and  corruption which is against biblical injunctions , and anyone supporting or defending them cannot be working for Jesus Christ, no matter how anointed the person is. Muslim clerics have also informed me severally that Islam does not permit the looting of national treasury.

I have had many fellow Christian clerics tell me things like “Collect that money and build your ministry”, ‘ Give to Ceaser what belongs to Ceaser and Give to God what belongs to God”, “ that money is my portion of the wealth of the gentiles”, and many illustrations used to justify praying for looters of public funds to continue the process. This level of supporting a thieving government and justifying monumental corruption is one of the hall of shame displayed by some misguided gospel ministers especially since money for vote crept into the church during Obasanjo’s bid for a second tenure in 2003.

In the year 2003, many Christian clerics were induced by Obasanjo and they used the pulpit to disenfranchise rigged out voters from protesting the 2003 electoral fraud, which led to more satanic ways of rigging elections in 2007 AND 2011. . When Obasanio got into his second term, these pliant ‘super men of God’ were rewarded with contracts, import waivers, tithes, offerings, seed faith, and having blessed the then rogue regime, and covered them with ‘anointing power’. 

Arsonists set Baptist Church ablaze, Pastor's daughter killed


Barely one week after an attack on a branch of Living Faith Church popularly called Winners Chapel in Giwa, Headquarters of Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State by two unidentified arsonists, the Baptist Church at Gidan Maso village in Rogo Local Government Area of Kano State has been set ablaze and the residence of the Pastor, Rev Habila Garba, burnt by irate youths.

During the incident which happened on April 1 at about 7:30 pm, one of the Pastor's daughters died of suffocation and most parts of the house destroyed as a result of the fire.


The President of "Tarayyar Masihiyawan Nijeria" (Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri Christians), General Ishaku Ahmed Dikko (retd), told journalists on Tuesday in Abuja that the intention was to kill one youth, Yahaya Joshua, who converted to Islam but later on reverted back to Christianity.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Should a Christian woman get a boob job?

Dear Sir,
I would like to know if as a Christian, I can do a breast augmentation? I really am not sure and I don't want to be seen as a vain person.

Anonymous....

Dear Anonymous,

Now I can not explicitly refer to any passage or verse in the Bible that states whether it is right or wrong to do a breast enlargement or reduction. For sure, this procedure was not available during the biblical times.

My first question would be: What is the objective for this enlargement or augmentation?  There are many reasons a woman might want a boob job.
  • Is it for self image? Do you think it will help with your self image?
  • Is it because you have just had a mastectomy and you need to get a breast replacement?
  • Is it because you want to look sexy?
  • Is it because your husband has asked you to do it or you want to do it for your husband?
Some people might say, this is a routine procedure that many women around the world go through; so why do we have to consult God? "God would certainly want me to like myself"

Boko Haram attack: Nigerian Christians sang hymns before slaughter

Christian congregations in northern Nigeria had taunted Boko Haram insurgents with defiant hymns about religious war before their churches were overrun and burnt and their people slaughtered.

Muslim community leaders have claimed that the militants targeted specific Christian communities after learning that people had circulated the songs, a cross between jingly church music and synthetic pop but with sectarian lyrics.

The lyrics accuse Boko Haram — which has killed up to 13,000 people and left millions more displaced — of travelling to centres of Islamic extremism such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan and telling people there that Nigeria is a caliphate.

The songs came to light as news emerged that the Islamist militants had launched fresh attacks in Borno state, disguising themselves as preachers and gathering residents of a remote village at a mosque before opening fire. At least 24 people were killed in the latest demonstration that Nigeria’s government seems impotent against the extremists.

VIDEO: Leon Remnant – Elese





US Based Nigerian Rapper, Leon Remnant is back with a brand new music video to his song ELESE (SINNERS). The video was shot in Philadelphia USA, the video was directed by Filmadelphia.

Leon Remnant’s "Street Disciple" album under his new label TMG will be hitting the stores and online distribution platforms nationwide on APRIL 14th 2015. The new project contains 18 inspirational songs with collaborations from artists all over the world including Provabs and Sokleva from the Rooftop MCs. Watch his video for "Elese" below.

 

MUSIC: BeeCee – “I Gat Faith” ft Obiwon

‘Baba Gidigba’ crooner, BeeCee Ugboh has teamed up with cross over gospel artiste, Obiwon to release new single titled "I Gat Faith".

"I Get Faith" is a fast paced song that will get you on the dance floor confessing your faith in God real quick. The song was produced by J Treash.

Download and Listen to "I Get Faith" below

Click Here To Download "I Gat Faith" by BeeCee ft. Obiwon

                                                                                                                                                                   
 

Double Victory For Nigerian UK-based Gospel act, Isabella at GXMMA Awards 2015

With a slew of prestigious awards under her belt, the popular Nigerian UK-based Gospel recording artist, Isabella, has added two more shiny trophies to her ever-growing collection of awards. At the Gospel Xplosion Music Media Awards (GXMMA) which was held in London on 04 April 2015, Isabella was awarded Female Artist of the Year (Praise & Worship) and Album of the Year (All That I am).

The classy awards night was a great success with many celebrities in attendance and excellent performances from a number of UK Gospel artists including Isabella.

Isabella, whose previous awards include BEFFTA 2014 Best Gospel Act, AGMA 2013 Artist of the Year (Europe) and Crystal Awards 2014 Best Female Artist in Diaspora, had this to say after her double win:
“It is such a great honour and privilege to be recognised and appreciated for doing what I love to do. I take nothing for granted because I know this is God’s grace at work.God is so gracious and I remain eternally grateful to Him, my husband, family, friends, supporters, Annette B and the entire GXMMA team for being such a wonderful blessing to me. I am still amazed and humbled by it all. Thank you all so much.”Isabella is currently working on her sixth album which is due to be released later this year. Massive congratulations to Isabella.

Monday, April 6, 2015

MUSIC: Gbenga Adenuga – Hosanna

One of Nigeria's finest gospel music artistes, Gbenga Adenuga debuts his new single and latest offering to the Kingdom of God, Hosanna, a song of gratitude and praise to the Monarch of the universe for His unending & unconditional love towards His children.

Hossana is a simple praise song you are familiar with, but with Gbenga’s mastery & delivery the song turns out completely different and fresh.

Listen and Download Hosanna below



Click Here To Download Hosanna by Gbenga Adenuga

Adamawa Christians urged to pray for peace

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate for Adamawa State, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has admonished Christians to pray for the terror-affected state and the country in general.

Speaking through Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, his media aide, Ribadu congratulated the Christian faithful for successfully seeing the end of the lent period and urged for steadfastness and sacrifice for a better future.

“Just as the Easter teaches, we hope this period will see the resurrection of our dear state into a viable and prosperous one. We have to strive for higher pedestals of development for our dear state, especially at a time as critical as this” he said.

He also called on Nigerians and the people of Adamawa State to use this period as a time renewal of linkages and friendship across divides for unity and progress.

Adamawa is among the states worst affected by acts of terror by the Boko Haram sect.

Clerics Advise Nigerians To Remain Peaceful During April 11 Elections


Pastor Dapo Afolabi of the Redeemed Christian Church of God has urged Nigerians to remain calm and peaceful during the forthcoming Gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections on April 11.

Pastor Afolabi in his sermon titled “God’s relationship’’ on Easter Sunday in Lokoja said that it was the relationship we had with God that he used to manifest his wonders.

He urged Nigerians to build a new relationship with God so that he could always fight their battles, saying that if not for God those beating the drums of war would have prevailed.

He also thanked God for the peaceful conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections and prayed to God to help Nigeria during and after the April elections.

Afolabi urged Nigerians to pray for the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari for God to assist him to pilot the affairs of the country. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter. He conquered Death



Happy Easter.....He Conquered Death....He is Risen

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