It was a night of praises, prayers and thanksgiving as residents of the commercial city of Onitsha and other parts of the State converged on the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha in their numbers and participated in the programme “Unusual Praise”.
The all-night event the first of its kind with the theme ” Lift Anambra for Christ ” was organized by the Catholic Church of Divine Mercy, Lekki, Lagos, the Archdiocese of Onitsha, and the Dioceses of Awka, Nnewi and Ekwuluobia.
Gospel artistes including James Arum, Chinyere Udoma, Jude Nnam, Gozie Okeke, Chioma Jesus, Joe Praize, Steve Crown, Osinachi Nwachukwu, and Archbishop Valentine Okeke Music Academy, among others led the crowd in praises and worship.
Some Priests, Reverends father Mike Okagbue, Celestine and Anselm Ogumnjiofor, took turn to teach the people Bible lessons and prayed for Anambra State and Nigeria in general.
Ten hardworking youths from the Cathedral were empowered with the sum of three hundred thousand naira each by the Organizing Committee.
Welcoming the people, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, Most Reverend Valerian Okeke thanked the organizers, sponsors and supporters of the programme which uplifted the spiritual life of Christians in Onitsha and environs and stressed that the best prayer is the prayer of thanksgiving.
The Chairman of the 2021 Unusual Praise Organizing Committee, Mr. George Agu said the programme was aimed at assisting the people in relaxing and worshiping God.
A member of the organizing committee, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, who added one hundred thousand naira each for the ten persons empowered, said they do not stop at empowerment but also mentor such people to be successful to enable them empower others.
Other members of the Committee, Monsignor Paschal Nwezeapuo, Parish Priest of Catholic church Of Divine Mercy, Lekki and Mr Augustina Igbokwe, a lawyer disclosed that the programme was sponsored by individuals saying that they aimed at getting ambassadors of the programme from different parts of the world promising to organize the programme again in Onitsha next year.
Some gospel Artists who spoke to the ABS, Steve Crown, Jude Nnam and some choristers from Archbishop Valentine Okeke Music Academy express optimism that the programme will bring open doors, peace and break-throughs.
The Unusual Praise was concluded with a holy Mass where the Chancellor of the Archdiocese, Very Reverend Father Prudentus Aroh, charged the people to go home and put into practice what they learnt.