I’d almost be safe to assume that you have, in the least, heard about Hillsong – the Christian music praise & worship group from Sydney, Australia. If Christian music worldwide was a business, Hillsong would have a huge chunk of the market share.
The music group recently posted a poll on their official Twitter handle inquiring from their followers where they would love the next group music tour to be. As expected, everyone took to their keypads – voting, retweeting and of course talking about it.
Next tour should be in…
— Hillsong Worship (@hillsongworship) June 20, 2018
As at the time of writing this, Africa was winning with over 51% of the votes. Which infers that if Hillsong weren’t pulling our legs with that tweet, an Hillsong Africa tour is just around the corner.
And it’s just about time – they have the audience – raving fans even, the youth appeal, anticipation that has grown over the years, and of course fatigue from our mostly recycled music ministers, and a continent that has lost all faith in her government, the systems and people. Africa needs such a relief. Of course, when I mean Africans, I mean Africans that know Hillsong, love Hillsong and are crazy about Hillsong. (It would definitely be into outreaches and soul winning but the target is first, their fans)
All that’s left is that they show up!
But there are many complexities that come with the idea of a Hillsong in Africa tour. Doctrine, acceptance, venue, security, then the risk of having the tour hijacked by a church which when thought of well has the ability to adulterate the impact of such spiritual experience.
Or maybe. Just maybe this tour is the one thing that can unite the African Christian community. The Experience has proven that to us. We wait!
Bolu Akindele is a freelance writer and journalist whose work covers religion, human interest stories and development across Nigeria and increasingly, West Africa.