by ‘Ifreke Inyang
Where: The Rock Cathedral, Lekki
When: Friday, February 28, 2015.
What: The African Praise Experience 3
If you are a regular at HOTR, you might have not been too surprised. But for those who were attending the church for the first time, they must have been blown away by the sheer explosiveness of the praise and worship session that opened the concert. A lot of people always think HOTR merely boasts of star names, but on the showing of last night, ministers like Onos Ariyo, Eno Michael, Sammie Okposo, etc proved their mettle emphatically.
It was good to see MC Abbey and Yaw not only entertain, but share the spotlight with some of their proteges. And boy, did they seize their five minutes of fame! However, the shining light of the night was Akpororo. This Warri-born comedian by the looks of it, is not going anywhere soon. He is actually funny. Original. Engaging.
Pastor Paul Adefarasin can preach a storm. That we know all too well. His message for the night was titled “Your bush will burn” and he drew his text from Exodus – the story of Moses, who was appointed by God to be Israel’s deliverer. Adefarasin was articulate and prophetic as he dished out nugget after nugget. He was ably supported by Rev. Anselm Madubuko of the Revival Assembly, who shared brief remarks afterwards.
Nathaniel Bassey covered himself in grace and glory. Adefarasin, evidently a big fan of the minstrel, had to break protocol and herald his arrival. And Bassey did not disappoint. He serenaded, screamed and sang. And oh, we worshipped the Most High. Pita was sensational, putting in a very effortless and charming performance. Uche Double proved to be different class, singing with the air of a psalmist and the ruthless confidence of a theatre expert. Chioma Jesus rounded off the event with typical hurrah.
Glowreeyah Braimah is renowned for her infectious energy and powerful vocals, but tonight, she let her garb do the talking. The lawyer-turned-singer showed up with a dramatic yellow dress, complete with a detailed cape. It was indeed a sight. Let’s not also forget the white theme Nathaniel brought to the stage or Uche Double’s neatly tailored jacket.
Ifreke Inyang is a public commentator and social media critic who has worked with a number of high profile publications across the country.