As the year 2022 begins in earnest with various activities, clerics and other Christian faithful in Emohua Community, Rivers State came out in their numbers to rededicate the community to God and to usher in a more prosperous new year of unity and peaceful existence with thanksgiving, praise and worship.
The annual event, tagged Emohua Day With God” which took place on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Government Secondary School Field, Emohua was anchored by the Gospel Minister’s Fellowship of Emohua (GMFE) with the theme “The Almighty God”.
Rededicating Emohua Community to God, a seasoned minister of the Gospel, Rt Rev. Bright Ejikeme, Bishop of First African Church, Mgbuitanwo, Emohua noted that the annual Emohua Day with God” religious event was a period of stock taking and renewal of the divine covenant between the community and God entered into 22 years ago.
The man of God took his sermon from Isaiah Chapter 51 verse 15 which states “I am the Lord thy God that divided the sea whose wave roared, the Lord of hosts is His name”.
The cleric urged the community and all Christians to embrace God, keep his commandments and abide by the divine covenant made with God. He also enjoined them to shun all forms of idolatory, criminality and moral decadence in order to enjoy the bountiful blessings of God this year, as he rededicated the community to God and blessed the land.
Speaking at the event, the President of Gospel Ministers Fellowship of Emohua (GMFE), Rev (Dr) P.O. Ezeonye expressed gratitude to God for the large turnout of members of the community as he welcomed those who gave their lives to God at the event. He described the humongous crowd as unprecedented, amazing and overwhelming to the Glory of God.
He noted that within the 22 years of the existence of the religious programme the gospel ministers had recorded huge successes in the areas of spiritual upliftment, wining souls to Christ, restoration of peace and unity as well as spiritual fight against criminality, cultism and other social vices in the community.
Rev (Dr) Ezeonye disclosed that before the rededication programme, the gospel ministers embarked on spiritual sensitization and prayer mission to all the eight villages in Emohua community including Eli Isreal which led to the massive turnout of the people. He commended the ministers of the gospel for their selfless sacrifices and urged them not to relent in their efforts to salvage the community because the harvest is plenty, but the labourers are few.
The Secretary of the Gospel Ministers fellowship, Rev (Dr) Tony Iwedi who also spoke with The Tide at the event disclosed that the idea of the Emohua Day with God was initiated by ‘Ogbo Esator’ Emohua under the able leadership of Mr G.W. Agorom in the year, 2000 with Reverend Monday, the them vicar of St. Lukes Anglican Church, Emohua as the first president of the Gospel Ministers Fellowship of Emohua. He stressed that since then the fellowship had recorded laudable achievements and ensured unity and peaceful co-existence in Emohua community.
Rev (Dr) Iwedi expressed gratitude to the late Paramount Ruler of Emohua, Eze E.J.A. Oriji who gave his blessing to the Gospel Ministers and supported them both morally and financially, as well as late Engr Kinika Eke and Ohna Sergent Awuse for sponsoring and sustaining the annual event.
Among the dignitaries that attended the rededication and thanksgiving service were Ohna Sergen Awuse, paramount ruler of Mgbuitanwo, Ohna Ikechi Uchendu Osi, Acting Vice Chancellor, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Prof Okey Onuchukwu, Provost College of Medical Sciences, Prof Chituru Orluwene, Chief Magistrate Friday Ugwe, former Deputy Comptroller of Immigration Dr Wegbune Weli, members of Emohua Legislative Assembly, Security Operatives etc. the event also featured cultural dances and gospel songs.
By: Jacob Obinna
Stop Destroying Nation’s Artefacts In Name Of Religion-Don
A University of Nigeria, Nuskka, lecturer, Dr Joshua Uzuegbu, has urged Nigerians to desist from destroying the nation’s artefacts, especially shrine objects, in the name of religion.
Uzuegbu made the call on Thursday during the 2022 International Museum Day celebration, organised by the National Museum of Unity (NMU) in Enugu.
He described the objects as the “cultural heritage and property handed over to us by our forefathers”.
Uzuegbu, who teaches in the Humanities Unit, School of General Studies in the university, argued that the objects were used in the past to celebrate traditions.
According to him, shrines have a lot of objects, like woods, ivory, stone, Terracotta, glass, bronze, brass and iron, which are driven by spirits invoked into them.
“When we stop worshipping them, they become pieces of wood, useless and powerless,” Uzuegbu said.
He said that instead of destroying them “we should keep them in museums for future generations to see.
“It is disheartening when we destroy these sacred objects due to our new-found religion or being born again.
“I am not saying that the new religion is bad but for the fact that we came from somewhere, there is need to ensure that one religion will not disturb the other.
“There is need to remove whatever that is evil in them as many of those artifacts taken away by the colonial masters, which today are fetching them huge revenue” he said.
He argued that the objects would become ineffective when they are removed from the shrines and no longer honoured with libations.
Earlier, the Director-General of the National Commission For Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Prof. Abba Tijani, said the commission had begun to connect the past with the future, using digital technology.
Tijani, represented by the NMU Curator, Mr Aloysius Duru, said: “The world is gradually moving from analogue to digital space.
Jeymes Samuel’s Book Of Clarence Debuts, Soon
Jeymes Samuel has announced that his next project will be based on blacks living in the biblical era.
The singer-songwriter whose 2021 Western ‘The Harder They Fall’ was inspired by the need to introduce diversity in the genre, revealed in a new interview that his new feature titled, The Book of Clarence will be set in the bible times in what he described as “the biggest franchise in the world.”
“The Bible’s the biggest franchise in the world. The biggest superhero, the most famous superhero of all time is Jesus himself,” Jeymes revealed. “But when I used to learn about those things when I was a kid, I used to say to myself, Where did Jesus buy his sandals from? Did he walk around barefoot? Did he buy his clothes or did people just say, “Hey Jesus, wear this?” Was there a particular brand that he liked, or a particular tailor who made his shawl?
“The Bible just gives you bricks. But the mortar you’re meant to fill in yourself. I want to show who he [Jesus] bought them from and what that guy was doing. What the guy that sold him those sandals had for breakfast, for dinner. Who was in the hood? Who was the troublemaker, or the cool dude that the girls liked? Who was the kid with aspirations? Who was the nincompoop? That stuff is what fascinates me about that era. The Book of Clarence is all of that stuff. It’s a really awesome, awesome, awesome tale.”
“I want to tell the tales that we’ve never had before. We’ve never had Black people in the Bible days of cinema. Even when Andrew Lloyd Webber made something as nuanced as Jesus Christ Superstar, there’s no Black people in it, except Judas. Judas was the Black guy. “I’m going to betray you, Jesus.” What the hell? That’s what you’re giving us? That’s the Black guy? You saw what I did with the Western. I want to give people something to talk about.”
Femi Adebayo’s ‘King Of Thieves’ Grosses Over N250m In Box Office
A Nollywood Actor, Femi Adebayo, says his new epic movie, titled, ‘King of Thieves’ known as Agesinkole, generated over N250 million in its first three weeks premiere at the cinema.
Adebayo disclosed this in an interview with news men on Sunday in Ilorin.
He said the movie, which cost him several millions of naira to produce, made over N43 million in three days at its first opening at the cinema despite being the Ramadan period.
The popular movie producer- cum lawyer and actor, said that the plan was to leave the film at the cinema for two months where it was expected to make not less than N200 million.
“In the history of Nollywood, no movie has ever made N43 million in three days of its opening at the cinema, that is an amount of money some movies will make in three months.
“The movie has actually paved way for many providers and producers that are producing indigenous contents,” he said.
Adebayo, who disclosed that the movie took him more than a year to produce, said it was a huge success and that he least expectied the acceptability of the work.
He said the movie was his first traditional film, adding that it has always been his dream to produce that kind of movie for so many years in the industry.
“The plan was to do a huge movie that will remind people of the beauty of Yoruba culture and I waited till it was time.
“My intention was to showcase the beauty of Yoruba culture to the entire world and at the same time to be able to say one or two things about the society, especially our leaders.
“When I was much younger, I had the opportunity to see the beautiful works of Albert Ogunde, he showcased that beauty in Yoruba culture being a Yoruba man,” Adebayo said.
Talking about the challenges faced during the production of the movie, Adebayo said he had to embark on a wide research on Ifa as a Muslim.
He further said that finding a location to shoot the film took them a lot of time.
“I saw everything that fascinated me in the location we later got, the village, the river.
“I saw almost 70 per cent of my movie in there even though we had to build more, our caster crew were scared because of insecurity and we had to beef up security.
“If you look at the cast, we had ‘A-List Actors’, it was challenging to get their time together, waiting for them to have a uniform timing took almost one and half year to plan the movie,” Adebayo revealed.
Even though Adebayo refused to put a tag on the cost of the production, he reluctantly nod his head to agree that it crossed a N100 million mark to produce Agesinkole.
Tidesports source reports that “King of Thieves” is an epic tale of Agesinkole, an all-powerful bandit and his reign of terror in the prosperous Kingdom of Ajeromi.
Concerned by his pillaging, the kingdom moves to destroy him, through the hunters, witches and priests, thus beginning this adventurous saga of revenge, bravery and glory.
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