American gospel singer and multiple Grammy award winner, Cece Winans, is set to feature in the 2018 Women of Praise (WoP) inaugural concert in November.
The organisers of WoP concert, Southwest Media and Encase Group Presentation, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.
Mr Ike Ogbuebile, the Chief Executive Officer, Encase Group, said that no adequate platforms to showcase the creativity of gospel artists had not been provided except for mega events like “The Experience’’ in Lagos, hence the need for the Women of Praise concert in other parts of the country.
“There is no competition in the music industry, artists produce music, the music itself is all part of God’s creativity, now the difference is the focus and the message that are being sent out.
“So, because of that, it seems like most gospel artists are put in a box just like the church has been put in a corner and we are saying it is time to come out from the corner and go mainstream.
“Go into the mainstream and be able to do that, we are looking at four different corners (Industry, Education, Faith-based and Governance).
“So, we are encouraging our artists, come out from the four walls of the church and take the center stage and minister the same music that anybody can listen and dance to while the lyrics inspire humanity and give God all the glory,’’ Ogbuebile said.
The programme scheduled to hold on Nov. 29 in Abuja and Dec. 2 in Owerri, will feature an international act from the U.S. Cece Winans and other local musicians like Sinach, Ada, Chinyere Udoma and Onos among others.
NAN reports that the programme’s choice to focus on women was aimed at empowering the Nigerian woman.
The organisers said that there was a charitable arm to the programme to give back to the women in the society, things that would help them to acquire more skills.
They urged everyone to attend the programme scheduled to hold in two cities (Abuja and Owerri in Imo); in Abuja, regular seats will be sold at N3,000; VIP seats for N15,000 and a table sitting position for N250,000.
While in Hero’s Square, Owerri, the ticket are going for N1,000 regular; VIP for N10,000 and the table sitting for N200,000.
Meanwhile, ticket sales began on Oct. 22 and can be obtained from Abuja Roxx.
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