Popular American female gospel vocalist who has won multiple Grammy Awards, Cece Winans will be ministering at the 2018 Women of Praise (WoP) inaugural concert which has being scheduled to hold next month November 2018.
This was made known by the organizers of the Women of Praise concert while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria.
They noted that most gospel musicians had been limited to the church and this has caused a form of restriction as their music is not being heard outside the church.
The Chief Executive Officer of Encase groups said aside from mega event like ‘THE EXPERIENCE” in Lagos, there are no platforms where gospel acts could showcase their creativity.
Speaking further, the CEO said the Women of Praise concert was created to fill this gap.
Mr. Ogbuebile said further that there is no completion between gospel artists and their secular counterpart as they are both capable of delivering their act in their sphere of influence.
In his own words: “There is no competition in the music industry, artists produce music, the music itself is all part of God’s creativity, now the difference is the focus and the message that are being sent out.
“So, because of that, it seems like most gospel artists are put in a box just like the church has been put in a corner and we are saying it is time to come out from the corner and go mainstream. “Go into the mainstream and be able to do that, we are looking at four different corners (Industry, Education, Faith-based and Governance).
“So, we are encouraging our artists, come out from the four walls of the church and take the center stage and minister the same music that anybody can listen and dance to while the lyrics inspire humanity and give God all the glory,’’ Ogbuebile said.
Mr. Charles, the Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Media speaking on the event said it’s a platform to give the gospel industry necessary exposure.
He said Nigeria Gospel music is getting international attention as many are finding solace and comfort in local gospel music.
“We have been looking for a vehicle that will carry on this humongous industry to majority of the population. Majority of the population of, indeed about 70 percent are Christians in Nigeria and they listen to one form of Christian music.
“Even if you are not a Christian, Christian music still uplifts, it is where you find solace and where you find peace and joy. Also, Nigerian music culture is inspiring to the world at the circular field even the Christian field.
“Although the Christian field has not been given the proper channel and platform to carry it to the next level, so, we said, why not come together first of all as Christians.
“Then as children of God to empower our women who have been very boisterous in the gospel industry amid the challenges they have broken through.
“An artist like Sinach, who is now listed in Forbs as one of the highest paid gospel artists in the world,’’ he said.
The organizers said that there was a charitable arm to the programme to give back to the women in the society, things that would help them to acquire more skills.
They urged everyone to attend the programme scheduled to hold in two cities (Abuja and Owerri in Imo); in Abuja, regular seats will be sold at N3,000; VIP seats for N15,000 and a table sitting position for N250,000. While in Hero’s Square, Owerri, the tickets are going for N1,000 regular; VIP for N10,000 and the table sitting for N200,000.
Meanwhile, ticket sales began on Oct. 22 and can be obtained from www.abujaroxx.com.