PERHAPS there is no better way to create that unique mood for the Yuletide than having children come together to share love, friendship and merriment through music. It was the second edition of a youth-based music concert tagged Musical Youth Fiesta and, like a seductive power of a clarion caller, youths from different churches and schools in Lagos state gathered last Wednesday, at the Expo Hall of Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, taking turns, one after another to render creative performances in music, dance and choreography.
The show, like its debut edition had no less than 5,000 youths and their chaperons at the event. It presented children in their creative elements for praise and worship and mastery of various musical instruments.
A hope raising event, it was like having the elders take the back seat while the youths exemplify their future leadership role. Every bit of the concert had the children handling the core areas save for the eloquent Master of Ceremony who came in intermittently and the exhortation that was done by Pastor Akinlade.
The convener and Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Musical Youth Fiesta initiative, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, could not curtail her excitement at the event. It was obvious she would not sit back and watch her pet project go wrong. Senator Tinubu was among the first set of people to arrive the venue. Even as she clapped, danced and cheered the renditions from the kids, she had offered her help with artistic direction at the show.
“This year’s theme is focused on the story of Joseph, chronicled in Genesis chapters 37, 39-50″, Tinubu said in her welcome address, urging those who are not familiar with the story to read it and learn from what she described as the extraordinary life of Joseph.
She noted that this year’s edition, with the theme, ‘Dare to be like Joseph’, is a product of the success recorded in last year’s event. “I am glad to inform you that the winner of our theme song, One Church, Master Michael Oluseye Akingbala, went on to produce and release an album titled All to Jesus. It is indeed ‘All to Jesus’, she said with an obvious sense of fulfillment.
The former First Lady of Lagos state expressed optimism in this year’s theme, ‘Dare to be like Joseph’, which she said will impact on the aspirations of the youths. Biblical Joseph, she noted was a youth with dreams and talents like many of the young men and women at the event.
“I would therefore urge you all, to, just like Joseph, keep your trust in God, even in the face of temptation, imbibe hard work, moral values and respect for authority to be able to get to the top as Joseph did,” Tinubu added.
Patron of the initiative, Pastor J.A Bolarinwa said the fiesta has come to stay. He noted that the theme of the programme is significant, adding that corruption, beginning from homes to schools and places of work has dealt deadly blow on the personality of the youths of this nation like in the days of the lawless Israel “when man did that which was right in his own eyes”.
He said this year’s event is meant to encourage the youths “to shun wickedness and embrace the fear of God and say to the seducing spirits of the end-time, ‘how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?’”
Among the personalities at the show were First Lady of Lagos State, Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola and members of the Organising Committee comprising of Mrs Tinu Aina-Badejo, Dr (Mrs) Stella Okoli, Pastor Kunle Ajayi and Honourable Jide Sanwo-Olu, Chairman of the committee.
The event kicked off in earnest at about 12:35pm with an opening prayer by Moyinoluwa Oba, a teenage girl who stunned all with her impressive lines to earn choruses of thunderous Amen! Little Moyinoluwa’s prayers were immediately followed by the National Anthem, led by a group of young men called The Naturals.
When Michael Akingbala, winner of last year’s theme song, stormed the stage, the sing-along mood began. Majority of the people in the hall were familiar with the lyrics from the CDs that were shared last year. Obviously, this added verve to Michael’s stage presence, as he skidded from one end of the stage to another. His voice, it was apparent had matured with time, bringing everyone to the dance floor.
The Youth Choir of The Redeem Evangelical Mission (TREM) opened the praise and worship session, the spontaneity of the lead singer and her interactive performance set the show on a fast-paced start.
The first ministration by Christian Pentecostal Mission Youth Choir brought the crowd into frenzy. The atmosphere in the hall was double charged with rendition by these talented youths. In quick succession, momentum began to build, ushering in the National Youth Choir of the Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG). Thereafter, the Mountain of Fire and Miracles (MFM) National Headquarters Youth choir took their turn. The group was the largest in number, with all members, brandishing the guitar and varying their tune between High Life and pop, the employed dramatic styles, singing in the Niger Delta dialect, Yoruba and English language.
You can’t beat the saxophone session by Tobi and Enoch, who were later joined by Pastor Kunle Ajayi. Tobi especially displayed high level dexterity on the saxophone. Her showmanship was unequaled.
Also speaking at the event, Dame Abimbola Fashola who gave her motherly advice and exhortation said the essence of the concert was to “win more souls for heaven”. She said the event and its soul stirring performances will set the mood for the festivities this Yuletide season. Fashola thanked the convener for the opportunity given to the Nigerian youths to showcase their talents.
Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Honourable Jide Sanwo-Olu in his vote of thanks expressed gratitude to God and the sponsors for believing in the purpose of the project.
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