• Peter Obi,Val Ozigbo,
    Priests,Religious grace ocassion.
    Chinyere Udoma,AVOMA kids,Gozie Okeke,Jude Nnam,others perform.

By Ononye VC
Excitement,joy and praises engulfed the Basilica Square on Friday,November 26,2021 as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha,Most Rev Valerian Okeke mounted the stage to address the the huge christian faithful who came to watch the various gospel singers that stormed the Basilica Square.
Before the Archbishop addressed the huge audience,he started with a popular Igbo praise song,”Idi mma ezi Chineke”(You’re so good Jesus).
As the Archbishop sang,the excited crowd joined and chanted while the band gave the instrumental support.
In his remarks,the Archbishop thanked the organisers and facilitators for giving the congregants the necessary spiritual upliftment.
According to the Archbishop,”the best prayer is prayer and thanksgiving.One of the ways of praising God is by singing and that is what you are doing.May you see the glory of the Lord in your life”.
The Archbishop commended the leadership of the Catholic Church of Divine Mercy led by Monsignor Paschal Nwaezeapu for their vision and initiative about the Unusual Praise project.
The Onitsha Archdiocesan Director of Social Communications,Eve Fr Dr George Adimike, Secretary to the Archbishop Rev Fr Kevin Chukwuka and other priests flanked the Archbishop as the show progressed.
The former governor of Anambra State Mr Peter Obi and major sponsor of the event Mr Valentine Ozigbo were present at the event which was the maiden event.
Earlier in his address at the well-attended event, the founder of the VCO Foundation, Mr Valentine Ozigbo, expressed excitement at having Unusual Praise in his home state.
Ozigbo, whose wife, Mrs Ojiugo Ozigbo, accompanied him to the event, also presented an additional cash grant of N1 million to ten recipients of this year’s Unusual Entrepreneur, a youth business development initiative aimed at empowering budding business owners.
“Unusual Praise is an avenue for us to praise God in an uncommon manner. To do this, we plan to achieve several other objectives, including the propagation of the gospel of Christ,” Ozigbo said.
“For those of us who are usually busy, Unusual Praise presents an opportunity for us to devote an evening to thank God for all he has done for us and prepare for the coming year.
“It is also an avenue for us to identify those who need help in their businesses and empower them. In 2018 when I chaired this event, we had the privilege of setting up the Unusual Entrepreneur platform, and I am incredibly pleased to be present as it is being held in my home state, Anambra.
“The essence of this is for you to be empowered and make an impact using your chosen business. Significantly, this empowerment is coming from the church because it is crucial to combine hard work and faith to achieve powerful results.
“It is also important that you stay focused and listen to advise from your mentors. The mentorship that comes with the cash grant is key to your progress, and I am offering myself to be one of your mentors,” Ozigbo, a multiple award-winning global CEO, said to rapturous applause from the crowd.
The annual musical showpiece is organised by the Catholic Church of Divine Mercy, Lekki, and Onitsha’s event was the first time it is held outside Lagos. This year is also the first double edition of the event, with the Lagos edition scheduled to hold on Friday, December 10, 2021.
The epoch-making event witnessed powerful ministrations by top gospel artistes from around the country, including Joe Praise, Chioma Jesus, Steve Crown, Chinyere Udoma, Osinachi Nwachukwu, Prince Gozie Okeke, AVOMA Kids, Olamide Baritone, Evang James Arum, Sir Jude Nnam, Nkiru Emmanuel, and many others who took turns to minister to the large crowd.

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