Celebrities Endorse Audio Bible In Nigerian Languages
AS July 18 date for the official launch date of the Audio bible in 18 Nigerian languages draws near, Nollywood stars, singers and other celebrities have thrown their weight behind the novel achievement, produced by God’s Servant David Ogudu, General Overseer, G.O of Christos International Worship Centre, Abuja. The event is billed to hold at the Congress Hall of the Nicon Hilton, Abuja.
The stars that have endorsed the project are Nollywood veteran actors Ejike Asiegbu, Larry Koldsweat and Zach Orji.
Gospel music stars Asu Ekiye, Panam Percy Paul Samsong and Solomon Lange have also openly identified with the project and would be performing live on stage the launch day. Dike Chukwumerije, son of late Senator Chukwumerije would be on call to dish out soul inspiring poems as well as renowned Prof. Herbert Wilson.
From July 18, Nigerians would have the opportunity to listen to bible verses from the book of Mathew to Revelation in Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, Efik, Ibibio, Gbagi, Gwari, Fulani, Igala and Idoma languages. Other languages that are in the audio bible include Tiv, Bini, Ijaw, Urhobo, Itsekiri, Igbira, Ogoni and Okrika.
Nollywood star Ejike Asiegbu in a statement congratulated Prophet Ogudu for the initiative.
“Let me start by congratulating him (Ogudu), it is not an easy task. In fact, it is awesome. This God’s servant is someone I have known for over a decade now and I know his penchant for doing things that will promote not only God’s work but enrich humanity. This audio bible in 18 Nigerian languages will be promoted by us entertainers across the states in the federation as our own way of helping to propagate the gospel, and win souls for God and reawaken the consciousness in people to serve God.”
Nollywood veteran and pastor Larry Koldsweat on his part is elated to be part of this project.
“All worshipers need to do is listen to bible verses in their own languages. It is really marvelous I would say.”
Gospel music star Asu Ekiye could not hide his excitement. “This is truly awesome, I am short of words. It is out of this world!”
Prophet Ogudu had a revelation last year to produce audio bibles. “The word of God is life, some of these languages are dying gradually and we want to use this audio bible to revive our languages, reawaken our culture and languages as well as bring pride and dignity to the individual.”
One major challenge he faced in the run up to the production was the ability to get the right people, who speak the various languages correctly and of course, finances as well as spiritual challenges from forces against the spread of the word of God.
“We overcame all challenges through the power of God.”
The catch here is that, the audio bibles would be distributed free, “because the sole aim is to win souls for God, but we are trusting God for partnership from government, Ministry of Education, multinational bodies and international bible societies to help in the distribution of it to all nooks and crannies because we would be holding crusades in any part of the country that speaks the particular language in the audio bible with our celebrity partners.”
On his relationship with celebrities, Ogudu said: “they are Christians and they love to help in propagating the gospel using their stardom, so I believe they saw in me and my ministry an avenue to reach out to their fans and make them believe in God. I also counsel and pray for many of them”.
The philanthropist runs the David Ogudu Mission Foundation that has renovated schools and sunk boreholes in several communities across the Abuja and the East, as well giving succor to widows and scholarship to people up to the university.