LIMA returns, targets new music stars
Described as the greatest Christian gospel music and arts show anywhere in the world, Loveworld Incorporated aka, Christ Embassy, has announced the hosting of the fourth edition of the Loveworld International Music and Arts Awards (LIMAA).
According to the organisers, the highly anticipated event is back, bigger and better. The concert, which holds today at the LoveWorld Convocation Arena, will, for the first time, be streamed online via Youtube and other platforms, as well as LoveWorld Satellite Television channels for global viewers.
According to the organisers, the fourth edition themed, Hotter Than Fire, will set the stage for a spectacular celebration of impactful glory of gospel music. They said it would be an enrapturing time, as artistes-ministers showcase phenomenal talents with well-choreographed and anointed performances captured in song, dance, rap and diversity of other enthusing arts.
All the LoveWorld Music and Art Ministry (LMAM) chart-topping gospel music artists will be on hand to join in the celebration of gospel music, creativity, and evangelism at the event.
Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos, a member of the Central Executive Council, LoveWorld Incorporated, Pastor T. T. Edun said the LIMAA is a special platform created to celebrate artists with great talent and passion, who deliver hope and inspiration, instill faith and provide believers with good gospel playlist of spirit-filled music.
He said, “with all modesty we have some or most of the big names in the gospel music industry and these artists have done well reaching believers and even non believers with the gospel of Jesus Christ in music.”
He said: “Over the year, the president and founder of LoveWorld Incorporated and Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, has raised gospel artists such as Sinach, Frank Edwards, Buchi, Ada and so many others to reach people of different religions and nationalities with the word of God through music.
“Some of our artists are not only household names in the country, but they have exported it all over the world. Shows like LIMA have improved our own in house music and musicians.
Edun said the concert, which started in 2016, has grown and is now one of the biggest gospel music events in the world.
In the words of Tony Ikeokwu, media director of the organisation, “we believe that if you give people opportunities to express themselves, they will excel and because we feel we have limited opportunities available to our artists to be celebrated outside as gospel music ministers, so we instituted the LIMA awards to recognise and honour our own.
In her comment, Evangelist Kathy Woghiren, Director of the Music and Arts Ministry (LMAM), said the event “is actually a full concert to recognise and appreciate various arts and music ministers and reward those that have done exceptionally well.”
She said, “The beautiful thing about this year’s edition is that it is not only going to be watched by the over 20,000 who are going to be at the venue but it’s going to be streamed live on the internet and all Loveworld satellite stations.”
Deacon Buchi, one of the all-stars, in his comment, explained, “over the years, shows like LIMAA have improved our own in-house artists, musicians, songwriters, dancers, comedians, spoken word artists amongst others.
“LIMAA has stretched the possibilities of our achievements and greatly motivated us on the path of continuous improvement and excellence. Younger artists are coming up and with every edition, you find new voices emerging and the younger ones are motivated to strive for excellence in their music and arts ministry.
“We know that the Loveworld All Stars are people to emulate as they are recognised and involved in events all over the world.”
In attendance at the briefing were some all-star artistes such as Joe Praize, Buchi, Chuka Obi, Shine and Rozey.