The Akwa Ibom Christmas Carols Festival is a glittering carnival of songs and an annual evening celebration where thousands of voices are raised in worship to the Almighty God. This year, at the magnificent 55,000-sq. metre Ibom Hall Arena, IBB Avenue in Uyo city and with a 42,000-seat capacity, AKCAROLSFEST returns with the theme: “ONLY GOD” and will feature a large group of carol singers and some of the best local and international gospel artistes of our time.
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye is the General overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church and also a profound author and preacher that has created a positive impact on many lives.
Formerly a mathematics professor at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, Pastor Adeboye started working with the founding General overseer of RCCG by translating his sermons from Yoruba to the English language. Then the leadership mantle fell on him in 1981, and since then, RCCG has experienced phenomenal growth and success, converting multitudes to Christ. He will be the Officiating Minister to deliver the Christmas message at this year’s Carols Festival.
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Bishop Hezekiah Walker is a popular American gospel music artist and Pastor of prominent Brooklyn New York megachurch, Love Fellowship Tabernacle. Bishop Walker has released several albums on Benson Records and Verity Records as Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir.
As a Pastor, Walker shepherds a growing and multi-cultural flock of members varying in age, race, and socio-economic backgrounds. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he has risen to build and lead one of the greatest ministries in America.
Vinesong is an international, interdenominational team of Christian missionaries who are passionate about spreading the gospel through worship and the word and encouraging unity, growth and balance in the lives of believers.
They are based in the United Kingdom with members from different nations and by the grace of God, have reached over 40 nations throughout the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Nathaniel Bassey is an influential Nigerian Gospel Singer, Trumpeter, Songwriter and Pastor. His Gospel songs are very inspirational and he is the convener of the popular Gospel movement, “The Hallelujah Challenge” that gained a lot of followers in Nigeria and abroad.
He is originally from Uyo in Akwa Ibom state, South-South of Nigeria. His devout Christian family was based in Lagos and his father was a Pastor at The Apostolic Church, Bashua Assembly. Nathaniel Bassey grew up with a strong passion for music especially that of the Jazz genre and he often cites the legendary Panam Percy Paul as one his key musical influences.
Kunle Ajayi is a Nigerian gospel singer, songwriter saxophonist and televangelist. . He started playing musical instrument, particularly saxophone in the early 1980s.
With the saxophone in his hands, he has contributed significantly to the gospel in Nigeria over the years and he is currently the Director of Music at the Redeemed Christian Church of God. In recognition of his immense contributions to gospel music in Nigeria, the Redeemed Christian Church of God bestowed him with the “Award of Excellence” in 2007 and in 2008, he received the “Leadership award” in Nigeria music.
Prospa Ochimana is a well renowned music minister, devoted worship leader, songwriter, seasoned music coach and music director. He is the convener of the highly attended yearly Festival of Grace worship concert (FoG).
His biography cannot be complete without mentioning his career changing song ‘Ekwueme’, which brought him to international spotlight and ever since then, he hasn’t relented his efforts in blessing the world with more spirit filled gospel songs.