[From CHINEDU NWAFOR, Abakaliki]
Onitsha, in Anambra State is agog as top gospel artistes in Nigeria arrive the commercial city ahead of the annual praise worship sponsored by governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the just-concluded Anambra governorship election, Mr Valentine Ozigbo.
Tagged; ‘Unusual Praise’, the event is regarded as the largest gospel event in the Catholic Christendom.
Among the top gospel Artist that have arrived are: Steve Crown, Chinyere Udoma, Osinachi Nwachukwu, Chioma Jesus, Prince Gozie Okeke and BJ Sax.
Other Artists billed to perform at the event which comes up on Friday, November 26, 2021, are Joe Praise, Avoma Kids, Nkiru Emmanuel, Jude Nnam, among others.
A statement by Ozigbo, the founder of the VCO Foundation, expressed joy and humility at the opportunity of contributing to the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ on the continent of Africa.
According to Ozigbo, the event is an annual showpiece that brings all Christians together, particularly the Catholic faithful, for an evening of transformational gospel ministration, praise, and worship.
“It is inspired by the Holy Spirit and organised by the Catholic Church of Divine Mercy Lekki, he added.
“This year’s edition is the first double edition of the event, which will hold in Onitsha and Lagos. The Onitsha event is scheduled to hold at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha,” he further explained.
Ozigbo thanked God for the grace that had carried him through his journey especially in the last two years in which he ran for the governorship of Anambra State.
“It is a joy and with humility that I offer my contribution to bring Unusual Praise to my home state of Anambra.
“As a member of the Charismatic Movement in Nigeria, Unusual Praise is one event dear to my heart and I am looking forward to a wonderful evening of thanksgiving, praise, and worship.
“Unusual Praise is coming to Anambra at a perfect time, and I am proud that the VCO Foundation is a part of this historic project.
“As the name goes, Unusual Praise is a break from the norm and could potentially serve as the turning point for my people. Recently, Anambra has experienced challenging times, and an evening of Unusual Praise will, in no small measure, help raise the spirit of my people.”
Ozigbo further lauded the Catholic Church of Divine Mercy led by Monsignor Paschal Nwaezeapu, for buying into this divine vision which he said, started in 2011 and taking it to the next level.