UYO – The stage is set for the annual Akwa Ibom State Government Carols festival, slated for Saturday, December 19 at the Uyo Township Stadium, Uyo.
Disclosing activities lined up for the 2015 edition of the carol, the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah indicated that the event, which affords the Christian community a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Christmas in a special way, has become a major source of spiritual tourism to Akwa Ibom.
According to him, “people from all walks of life, from within and outside the State, and Christians across denominational lines will gather and share the joy of Christmas by singing praises to the Almighty God.”
He emphasised that the Christian gathering will help strengthen the bond of unity in the State as well as, create conducive ambience for spiritual growth and peaceful co-existence amongst groups in the State and beyond , in an evening of praise and worship.
The Information Commissioner, who mentioned that the Carol promises to be unique, in line with the Dakkada philosophy of Governor Udom Emmanuel, said participants should expect to be spiritually charged and lifted as much as they would be thrilled by the calibre of gospel music artistes and clergymen billed for the event.
Mr. Umanah said while the General Overseer of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, TREM, Bishop Mike Okonkwo will minister the word of God, International gospel music icons like Donnie Mcclurkin, Shirley Caesar, Angella Christie and Chevelle Franklyn will minister in music at the event, which will be live on major national and international television networks.
Also scheduled to perform at the international gathering are Asu Ekiye, Sammy Okposo, Freke Umoh, Lara George, Aity Dennis Inyang, Chinelo Dillimono alongside the young Saxophonist, David Eka and Don Tom.
In addition to the individual appearances, there will also be performances by the Voices of Barbados, Promised Land Chorale and Akwa Ibom State Government Choir.
Previous editions of the Akwa Ibom State Carols have hosted international Christian leaders, including the Catholic Archbishop of Calabar, Archbishop Joseph Ekuwem; Archbishop Rt. Rev. Christian Ekong of the Lutheran Church; the General Overseer of Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi; that of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; the Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church, Dr David Oyedepo; and the Metropolitan Arcbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan.