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. 

Watch Video after the cut.

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.


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