In preparation for the 10th edition of Amazing Grace Concert, the Convener of the event, Mr. Dansu Olugbenga has said that the 2021 edition being the 10th will be featuring internationally recognized Organists such as Mr. Babajide Odedeji, Mr. Adetunji Olajumo among other seasoned gospel musicians of international class.
Speaking at a press briefing that held on Tuesday 20th July 2021 at Christ Apostolic Church, Oke-Ayo, Oke-Oko, Ibereko in Badagry, Lagos State, Mr. Olugbenga said that the 10th edition of Amazing Grace Concert is expected to be outstanding as massive preparations are in top gear to host gospel singers within and outside the region for participants’ edification.
According to him, “Amazing Grace Concert Choir is a choir of seasoned voices committed to ministering quality church music (classical, chants, hymns, recitations and contemporaries) in an atmosphere of God’s sovereignty. We are ultimately dedicated to winning souls for Christ in line with our anchor scripture, Ephesians 5:17, ‘Speaking to yourselves in Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual songs’ “.
He stated that Amazing Grace Concert is an inter-denominational event with choristers from different churches with passion to fill the vacuum of quality church music that has been created in the Church of God. He highlighted that the event has been holding for the past nine years with the 10th edition coming up on Sunday 15th August 2021 at Lagos Theatre, Badagry by 3pm.
In his words, “Amazing Grace Choir aims at the propagation of Christ by creating an atmosphere for any and every Church music lover to collectively reminisce on old Church Music. Also, the promotion of Church music as an integral part of worship which is lacking, especially in modern days Pentecostal churches and some apostolic movement among others”.
It was gathered that the event which has held for the past nine years with the ninth edition being a virtual event, has recorded series of testimonies within and outside Nigeria with people’s expectation to participate in the 10th edition, which will also be transmitted live for global consumption.
Also speaking, the Pastor of the host church, Pastor Dr. Samuel Ajayi, appreciated God for the vision of the programme for the past nine years, with this edition being the 10th, and for the way God has been providing support for the programme.
He stated that for the past nine years, the programme has been taking place in the church, adding that for a wider scope and reach, this year’s edition will be coming up at the Lagos Theatre, Badagry and it will be transmitted live for a global reach.
“I want to thank God for the vision and the provision. Sometimes, when their is vision without provision, the vision dies. We have been holding the programme in this church but, for this year, we are moving out to use Lagos Theatre, Badagry with a live transmission to reach the entire world. The experience of last year’s virtual concert has opened our eyes, as people called from different parts of the world, Europe, Americas and others and people are expecting more”. He said.
According to one of the organizing members, Mr. Olumide Akinsanya, the programme is expected to feature different denominations from the Orthodox and Penticostal churches with C.A.C as the host. He added that dignitaries and veteran gospel singers will be gracing the event as the general public is invited to the occasion for an edifying experience.
The Convener expressed his gratitude to the leadership of the church within and outside Badagry for its support, praying for God’s blessing upon them. He also appreciated the planning committee, stakeholders and all that have been supportive of the programme.