Friday, March 20, 2015

Nigerian gospel singer to be executed in Indonesia for drug smuggling

A Nigerian gospel singer who has released several songs while in prison is now on death row after being found guilty of smuggling Heroin into Indonesia.

Okwudili Ayotanze is be executed with two other Nigerians, Jamiu Owolabi Abashin who was caught smuggling Heroin using a false name Raheem Agbaje Salami, and Silvester Obiekwe.
40-yr-old Ayotanze was caught in 2001 trying to smuggle 1.15 kilograms of heroin from Pakistan into Soekarno-Hatta international airport in Jakarta.

Reports say Ayotanze's studio is the supermax Pasir Putih prison on the notorious Nusakambangan island, known as Indonesia's Alcatraz. And his band mates are fellow inmates on guitars and a prison guard on the keyboard, having written and sang songs such as 'God Bless Indonesia' and 'Never be afraid'.

Music Concert: Ghana and Nigeria’s Best Gospel Acts To Be Live on Stage

This Easter Friday, 3rd April, 2015, Ghana will experience yet another electrifying music concert.

Nigerian gospel music acts, Nathaniel Bassey and Uche Agu would be live in Ghana as they plan to send the crowd in a wild praise and worship marathon on the Harvest Praise 2015 stage at the Accra International Conference Centre!

Their Ghanaian counterparts also billed to perform includes Accra’s most celebrated urbane praise group – Harvest Gospel Choir, Winneba Youth Choir and the refreshing new discovery – gospel music diva Kakra Nartey are pumping up their acts to live up to the historic show!

Popular actress, Iya Rainbow records gospel album with Pasuma

Yoruba movie veteran, Idowu Philips popularly known as Iya Rainbow has joined the growing number of thespians trying to the boundary of their creativity by singing. 

She recently released a gospel track titled ‘Ore Ofe’ from her forthcoming gospel album. The new single features popular Fuji star, Wasiu Alabi a.k.a Pasuma Wonder who, according to the 72 year-old actress, also features prominently on the album. 

In a chat with Daily Times, Iya Rainbow revealed: ‘I have a full gospel album recorded and ready for release already. The album was recorded with Wasiu Alabi Pasuma, and it talks about how God is a politician. 

I’ve decided not to disclose the name of the album for now; we’ll be releasing some hot singles off the album first before the launch proper.’ 

Iya Rainbow began her acting career in 1986 and is believed to have acted in over 500 Yoruba films since then. Among her first movies, Eru and Aje ni Iya Mi stand out but she made her big break in the film, Asiri Nla.

APC warns Deeper Life to stop misleading Christians

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned the Deeper Life Bible Church and its founder, Pastor William Kumuyi to stop misleading Nigerians, reports Daily Independent.

The party was reacting to comments credited to the church advising Christian clerics to stay away from politics.

Pastor Kumuyi, who was represented by the Delta State overseer of the church, Senior Pastor Obinna Nkemjika, had during  a media briefing in Asaba, argued that a cleric, who involves himself in political activities, had engaged in mundane things and lacks the vision for his pastoral calling.

The party has, however, disagreed with the church, noting  that the people would not be liberated from the shackles of oppression if anointed men of God do not take up the mantle of leadership.

Isaac Adaka Adakpo, State Publicity Secretary of the party in Delta State,  noted that  the era has come for politics to be Christianized.

He stated that Christians have no reason to complain if the ungodly ones find their ways into the helms of affairs because they were afforded the same opportunity.

Displaced Nigerians 'not alone,' Bapt. exec says

Nominal Christianity fueled by a lack of discipleship is a major obstacle in standing against Boko Haram's persecution of believers in Nigeria, a leader of more than 10 million Baptists in Africa told Baptist Press.

A mother and child inside the Happy Home refugee camp in Lagos. Yet, Baptists in Nigeria still manage to teach the Gospel at refugee camps and other locations where 1.5 million have been displaced by Boko Haram violence, said Durosinjesu Ayanrinola, general secretary of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship of 62 unions and conventions from 33 African countries.

"The issue of nominalism is nothing more or nothing less than lack of discipleship, when Christians are not discipled; so you have a case where they will not grow their relationship with Jesus," Ayanrinola said. "We discovered that even though many attend church, the issue of discipleship is the case. Not many have gone through what it means to be Christian. Not many can stand on their own. They go to church, but they don't have that in-depth relationship that can make them to stand [during] the difficult times like this."

Freed Sudanese Christian woman doesn't support movie about her life

Freed Sudanese woman, Mariam Ibrahim, is said to be against an upcoming Christian movie  which focuses on her life.

Ibrahim’s life attracted worldwide attention after she was found guilty of apostasy and adultery, sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging in Sudan in May 2014.

Mariam was forced to give birth to her daughter, Maya, in chains while in Khartoum prison and – despite terrible treatment – refused to renounce her religious faith.
She was later released following international outcry and has moved to the US where she lives with her husband, Daniel Wani and two children. However, a film about her experiences is being made without her endorsement and against her wishes.

Featured Article: Need For Personal Bible Study by Omeiza Robinson

It is written in the Holy Bible “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”, (11 Timothy 2:15). This position is an authority to the effect that, Christians should not just accept and swallow anything from their leaders in the name of ‘fearing or serving God’, without having recourse to the commendation of the Christians in Berea, who did not blindly follow the doctrine and practice of great Christian leaders at that time, without searching to know if the things they practice or preached were actually based on the provision in the scripture.

It is also written that. “ These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they receive the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so,” (Acts 17:11) Many other scriptural provisions abound, that also goes to prove that Christians should be careful in accepting teachings from their leaders.

Jega shuns CAN president

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega has rebuffed attempts by the President of the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ayo Oritsejafor to meet with him, reports The Nation.

Oritsejafor, who disclosed this on Wednesday at a one- day interactive meeting for a smooth transition of Nigeria’s democracy, organised by Think Nigeria Christian-Muslim Movement in Abuja, explained that a meeting with the INEC chairman was arranged by the CAN general secretary, Reverend Musa Asake, based on dates given to them by the INEC boss.

Oritsejafor said he and other members of CAN had wanted to see Jega in order to contribute to the preparation and success of the general elections.

However, Jega has denied scheduling any meeting with CAN.

Kayode Idowu, chief press secretary to Jega in a swift reaction to Oritsejafor’s claim, said he was unaware of any request by CAN to see Jega which was turned down.

Remain Committed To Nat’l Unity, CAN Advises Nigerians

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged Christians and Muslims to co-exist peacefully in the interest of national unity. Pastor Ayo Oristejafor, the President of the association made the call during a one day interactive session with religious leaders, political parties and security agencies in Abuja. Reports state that the event was organised by “Think Nigeria Christian-Muslim Movement’’, an NGO. 

Oristejafor said thelections,gospel newse two main religious bodies should ensure that their members were guaranteed protection in the country. “ We must make a commitment to each other publicly, that Christians are safe in Muslim-dominated areas and Muslims are also safe in Christian-dominated areas. “ Muslims and Christians must resolve to live together and protect one another at all times in order to build a peaceful country. 

MTN Nigeria launches VAS offerings for Christian subscribers

MTN Nigeria has rolled out various life-enriching and spirit-filled Christian Value Added Services (VAS) offerings for the Lenten period. Nigeria Communications Week reported. The offerings will enable Christian faithful to get easy access to daily devotionals, Bible quotes, children prayers, sermons, songs, prayers, prayer points, hymns, callertunez and other spiritually uplifting content. Subscribers can access the offerings by dialing 797 on their mobile phones and by following the voice prompt.

6000 Pastors Declare 7 days prayers, Fast, for Buhari

Recent reports suggests that about 6,000 pastors in the Southwest are rallying for the emergence of All Progressives Congress’ presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s next president.

According to PM News,the pastors have declared seven days prayers and fast for God to grant Gen. Buhari victory in March 28, general elections.

The pastors under the umbrella of Christians for Governance, Pastors For Change, held a news conference in Ikeja, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, where they openly endorsed the candidacy of Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, PM News reports. It was gathered that the religious clerics had emerged from various churches including Redeemed Christian Church of God, Catholic, Orthodox, amongst others.

N7bn Bribe To Christian Association Of Nigeria: DSS After My Life, Says Borno Pastor Who Exposed Oritsejafor

    The Borno State-based pastor, Kallamu Musa-Dikwa, who accused the Christian Association of Nigeria of collecting N7bn from President Goodluck Jonathan to campaign against the APC Presidential candidate, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), has raised the alarm  that operatives of the  Directorate of State Service are after his life.

While maintaining that the christian body collected the said amount, Dikwa said the DSS operatives had forced him to sign a document, which they plan to “show the entire world that President(Jonathan) did not bribe CAN to work against the Presidential candidate of the APC.”

The cleric said the DSS planned to use the ‘document’, which he signed under duress in some national dailies, to portray him as telling lies against the body of Christ.

“They forced me to sign and promised to link me up with the CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, for us to ‘settle’,” he said. He added that some Christian leaders, especially, the Abuja CAN Chairman, had pleaded with him to recant, by saying  the Christian body never collected the said amount.


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