By Ayo Onikoyi
That gospel music should be rated and celebrated alongside secular music has been a recurring argument among music pundits over the years, but in recent times it has become a responsibility for gospel musicians themselves because secular music seems to be taking the upper hand.
However, music evangelist, Marvel Joks, has taken a bold swipe at the Nigerian government, condemning it for its failure to acknowledge and celebrate gospel music.
According to Marvel, gospel music is what Nigeria needs to keep the nation together, especially at a time when it is bedevilled by a series of problems.
“It is so pathetic that the Nigerian government doesn’t celebrate gospel music; and gospel music is the kind of music we need in trying times like this to keep the nation together. Imagine if government officials were to attend gospel concerts and see the way people throw themselves before God, they will then come to the realization that gospel music must be celebrated.”
Marvel Jokes spoke at the Worship Without Limits concert tagged ‘Joyful Noise’, convened by a gospel artiste Douglas Danor, with line up of other artistes like, Melody 4 Comedy, Esther Adeola, Marvel Joke, Success Tella, Eddie Chiazor and many others.