By Sam Eyoboka
General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), Dr. Daniel Kolawole Olukoya, has asserted that Nigerian youths do not need to go outside the Church to find excitement in the entertainment industry.
In a brief remark at the first ever Mountain Top Mega Concert, organised by MFM last Sunday at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos, Olukoya said that music can be an indicator of how far or close one is to God, as he cited three categories of the archangels, Gabriel, Michael and Lucifer, as heads of the messengers, warriors and worshippers respectively.
However, because of the beauty of worship songs, Lucifer is so jealous when Christians worship God, he told the large crowd of participants that included Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Dr. Erastus Akingbola, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and a host of others.
According to him, the three and half hours performance by different praise bands, groups and soloists, from MFM ministries, was just 20 per cent of what the church has to offer, musically, assuring that the musicians and singers that could not perform at the first edition, because of time, will perform at the next edition of the concert.
Olukoya and his wife, Pastor Sade, both choristers in their youth, commended the excited audience, which craved for more acts, for taking time out to watch the concert, pointing out that all the performers at the event are Nigerians, so the country is endowed with talented youths, who are only waiting for a window of opportunity to display their talents.
Notable groups and solo performers that featured included the Youth Choir, which did Praise Medley; Seyi Moses, Uche Okere-ke and Richard Peters did Worship Medleys; Heavenly Voices Acappella Singers did Omi Iye (Living Water); Divine Symphony Orchestra did Pomp and Circumstance by Edward Elgar, while Osazee Adekola did He’s got the whole world (Negro Spiritual) and Why do the heathen rage (adapted from the Magic Flute by Wolfgang A. Mozart).
Also on stage were Somtochukwu/Femi Ayodeji, who did Hallelujah (adapted from Figaro Aria) bu Giacomo Rossini; Femi Ayodeji sang Ojukokoro by Seun Owoaje; Soul Touch Acappella did I have a cellular; Zion Praise Singers sang Ide mi ja (My chains are broken); Goshen Voices did Oluwa E tobi (God You are great); Asaph Choir sang Yanfu-yanfu (Abundance); Zion Dwellers Acappella Singers featured their popular Apalapella and the Guitar Choir performed I want to know, Alleluia (Igbo), Ibinabo, Adura mo ti gba and Going Higher.
Holy Flames Dancers took the stage and did Battle between the circumcised and the Uncircumcised as well as Somore; Naomi Tinuola Paul did a solo of The Lord is my light and my Saviour by Frances Allitsen; Aderayo Oyegbade sang Comfort ye and Every valley shall be exalted from the Messiah by G.F. Handel; Vera Ohonbamu did O Lord Most High by Ceaser Frank and He’s sweet I know; Daniel Dominic sang Thou shalt break them from the Messiah by G.F. Handel; Omolegho Bello did Let the bright Seraphim from Samson by G.F. Handel.
The final stretch of the night featured Mezzo Stream Acappella, which did Yesu mu me kyau, Halleluyah Chimle in Efik tune; Bunmi Adeyeye sang Just a closer walk with thee and Elijah Rock; Pius Oragwu and his team sang I’d rather have Jesus and It’s different now, as Emeka Okolie did the last appearance with Almighty God and We lift Your name.