Church showcases Nigeria’s culture with carols
• Imbibe culture of love, compassion, Olagunju tells Nigerians
• Access, OBF hosts Christmas bazaar for less privileged
• Globacom felicitates with Christians at yuletide
For nearly four hours, the Cathedral of St. John’s Catholic Church, Igando, Lagos State, was electrified with the choir, made of seven groups serenading parishioners with Christmas carols in English and different Nigerian languages in a blitz of cultural display.
The choir, dressed in traditional attires, reminded the congregation through songs of the birth of Jesus Christ and the reason He was born, which is the salvation of mankind. The Parish Priest, Rev. Father Christian Echewodo told the congregation not just to enjoy the lyrics but appreciate the goodness of God who gave His only son to save mankind from sins.
The Choir Mistress, Ann Ottah, who said the preparation for the rendition of the carol took them four months, noted that Christmas should not just be spent on eating and drinking but a period to remind every one that Jesus came to this world to die for our sins, which calls for repentance and turning to God.
In a related event, the Senior Pastor of Praise Arena, Jummy Adetoyese-Olagunju, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the culture of love, forgiveness and selfless service as exemplified by Jesus. Olagunju said this at the Christmas Carol held by the church at Le-Real Hotel, VGC, Lekki, Lagos.
The programme, tagged Super Praise, featured song rendition, bible teaching, prayer, special ministration from Praise Arena Choir, WaleSax, Chidinma and other A-list gospel ministers.
According to him, the euphoria around Christmas will be lost if Nigerians do not appropriate the love that Christ exhibited by coming to the world, and demonstrated how the love we show to others should translate to the love we have for God.
“Jesus is the reason for Christmas as it reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world and that each of us should light the world as He does. Christmas is not a mere religious rite but a time of reflection on the principles and selfless love of Christ and how the application of the teachings of Christ can make the world a better place to live”.
He noted that 2019 promises greater favour and unlimited supply of God’s blessing but “we can only attract such if we change our ways and imbibe the teachings of Christ. In 2019, make everyday count for goodness, love and compassion. Forgive upfront; abstain from malice, anger and bitterness. Look for opportunity to be a miracle to someone and be a blessing someone is waiting for and you will not lack any good thing”, he said.
Meanwhile, Access Bank and Coronation Merchant Bank (CMB) have partnered the Ovie Brume Foundation (OBF) to host a Christmas bazaar, aimed at raising funds for the less privileged children in Lagos.
The bazaar is an annual event organized by OBF as a fundraiser to give back to the society. The event also creates opportunity for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and startups, who are beneficiaries of some projects implemented by OBF to exhibit their products.
Executive Director, OBF, Adeola Awogbemi, noted that the foundation has been working with communities to positively impact the lives of young people in the society in order to improve their level of literacy, livelihood and healthcare.
Similarly, Nigeria’s foremost telecommunications service provider, Globacom, has urged Christians to use the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ as espoused in Christmas to pray for peace, unity and love for the country.
In a goodwill message issued to felicitate with Nigerian Christians, the company noted that with the nation preparing for general elections early next year, “no time is more auspicious than now to seek and pray for peace, unity and love for one another, because these are the virtues Christ symbolised.