By Ochuko Akuopha

JEHOVAH Praise Ecumenical Centre, Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area, Delta State, has concluded its annual  Praise and Worship festival competition, with a charge on Christians to imbibe the culture of giving thanks and praise to God in their daily endeavors.

Giving the charge in an interaction with newsmen at the end of the competition, Founder of the Centre, Sir Henry Odhegolo,  maintained  that praise-singing was a powerful instrument of propagating the gospel of Christ.

While noting that the centre was built to create  an atmosphere where worshippers could offer praises to God, he said the centre was   open for all denominations of Christians across the state and the country.  He added that the centre was concerned with the preservation of the gospel praise singing by the Isoko people.

Saying that the centre was his brainchild and that of his wife Mrs. Matilda Odhegolo in an attempt to give back to God for what He had done in their lives,  Odhegolor  said: “Jehovah Praise started since 2005 at the back of my house, before I bought the land where the Centre is situated today.

The talent hunt competition with the theme; “Come Before Jehovah’s Presence with singing”,  saw Miss Edith Ose emerging  as the first overall winner with a cash prize of  N300, 000 while Miss Glory Akpotozor came second with N200, 000 and Miss Gladys Sunday came third with a N100, 000.  Cyril Evovo who came fourth in the individual category went home with N90,000.

In the group category, the New Generation Crew, Oleh, came first, followed by the Redeemed Christian Church Choir, Ozoro. The Jehovah Praise Choir, Ozoro came third, while DeLord General Crew came fourth.

All participants went away with consolation prices of N40, 000 each.

“The primary aim of Jehovah Praise is to bring people to worship God and propagate the good news of God. We  have been distributing rice to the aged people since 2009. This has always been sponsored by friends who make contributions to the centre”.

Odhegolo expressed  optimism that more praise centres would spring up   in Isoko and beyond in the near future, noting that besides the Praise Ecumenical Centre, there were plans to include television and radio stations where the word of God would be spread through the air waves by singing and praising God at all times.

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