SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF EXOUSIA MUSIC INTL. DELIVERED AT THE 2017 EXOUSIA GOSPEL MUSIC AWARD CEREMONY HELD AT THE INTERNATIONAL PRAISE CHURCH JAMBUTU, YOLA ON SUNDAY THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER 2017.
May I graciously on behalf of the Friends of Exousia, welcome you to this year’s Exousia Gospel Music Award tagged EGMA 2017.
Exousia Gospel Music Award is one of the major annual programs of Exousia Music International. It is usually preceded by THE FAITH concert, this year’s Faith Concert held yesterday at this same venue, it was an awesome experience in the presence of God, and as my friend Rev. Kem Yarnap will say, we experienced an unrestricted, undiluted, uncommon, unfettered, unlimited and boundless worship here yesterday. The pictures and videos could not even explain in totality what the attendees experienced.
Your Excellency, Arch Bishop elect, other distinguished guests, Exousia Music Intl. is the creation of God through a group of friends who have come to name themselves THE FRIENDS OF EXOUSIA.
It started from a dream that was discussed with friends and action points outlined, and like the proverbial mustard seed, EGMA has now become the biggest Gospel Music Award in Northern Nigeria, in terms of attendance, credibility, acceptance and quality. This year, the voluntary participation in our Music committee has risen to beyond 60 persons, a sign of increase and success.
This second edition has given credence to the popularity and acceptance of EGMA because we have received more entries than the first year and also have received entries from more states than ever, this year we have entries from Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Osun, Plateau, Benue, Anambra, Delta, Rivers Etc. the spread on entries is quiet encouraging and has only spurred us to do more in supporting and encouraging the Gospel Music industry in not only Northern Nigeria but the country as a whole.
Also, this year’s next rated Audition has proven to be more qualitative and competitive than last year, a proof that EGMA has grown in both quality and style.
Your Excellency, my Lord the Arch Bishop-elect and other special guests, you will agree with me that there’s no better time to pull resources together to give hope to our teaming youths who inspite of the abundance of talent and skills are virtually struggling to make ends meet as they struggle in a society where getting jobs feel like fairy tales and platforms to sharpen their Godly endowed abilities are a mirage, Exousia has the burden to rekindle hope in our youths and ensure that the body of Christ and our churches have at their disposal quality singers, prolific worship leaders, world-class, spirit-filled Gospel musicians who are proud to be called Gospel Music ministers with evidential proceeds from their music work and leading worship sessions characterized with power and the glory of God in our churches.
Your Excellency, other distinguished guests, In 2014 at one of our concerts held at the Abundant Life Covenant Church in Numan Exousia Music discovered a small boy then, (LUCKY PHILEMON) whose inherent music potential we believe will benefit the body of Christ if properly groomed and harnessed, we have since finished sponsoring the recording of his album which he titled CHOSEN GENERATION and have handed over to him 200 pieces of the packaged CDs. He ministered earlier in this program and I believe you’ll agree with Exousia that he is a great potential to be watched out for.
Our 2016 NEXT RATED winner Samamo Dedan has also begun the recording of her album, fully sponsored by Exousia, she will also have 200 pieces of the packaged album. It is a gesture that comes with winning the Next Rated category, today, these mouth watering prize will go to the 2017 NEXT RATED winner. Such act of touching the lives of these young talented musicians, come with a heavy financial burden and we will not hesitate to ask for your financial support either as Government, corporate organizations or individuals, this is a worthy task we must seek to accomplish together.
Your Excellency, Archbishop elect, other distinguished guests, the task of appreciating, promoting and encouraging young Gospel Music talents is enormous and challenging, we therefore deliberately call upon you as a matter of emphasis to consciously support this good venture financially , materially and otherwise. We will appreciate your contributions so as to keep the flame burning, our bank details can be found at the foot of the program you’re holding, we trust God that you will identify with us and make donations.
We want to appreciate our partners for this year’s Award, we hope they will soon graduate to become sponsors,
– Eaglespath Hotel and suites
– airport view hotel and suites
– tTee Justine Ventures
– Pixel Creation
– Classic courture
– Green Coin Business resources
– IB kings Entertainment
– Mary’s Couture
– Signet Clothings
They have all been of tremendous help to us, we appreciate you.
We want to also appreciate the immediate past Deputy Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly and member representing Guyuk constituency Hon. Sunday Peter for his financial and moral support to Exousia.
Our brother Gospellight has also been of tremendous help by publicizing this program in no small way.
With gratitude in our hearts we want to sincerely appreciate the International Praise Church, for graciously giving us the church to host the 2017 Faith concert and Award night, we thank you for the love you’ve shown to us, this is not a mean gesture and we do not take this great sacrifice for granted.
We appreciate all the men of God that have come to be part of this year’s award, the good Lord will reward you for encouraging us, and for supporting the work of the kingdom, this is a practical sign of endorsement we thank you and we promise not to let you down.
There will be membership cards going round pls fill and return it to the ushers and protocol if you desire to be a member of the Exousia Team.
Lastly, I want to thank my beautiful wife, the prettiest Fulani damsel in the entire world, for her unflinching support, encouragement and prayer, though she’s not here physically for this year’s event she has done a lot to ensure that we have a successful event.
There’s quiet a lot for tonight and we need to maximize the time, permit me to thank everyone of you for coming, your Excellency, Archbishop elect, other distinguished guests, I implore you to enjoy the presence of the Lord and have the glimpse and semblance of how we all will be crowned by the Lord Almighty when we get to heaven!
Thank you and God bless you all.