Preparations are in top gear for the hosting of the sixth edition of this year’s Akwa Ibom Government 9,999 Christmas Carol Night. Speaking with newsmen in his office, Uyo, the Director of Protocol to the Governor, Mr. Aniekpeno Mkpanang said the planning committee has raised a 200-man band Ibom Chorale and Orchestra comprising a 100- man classical mass choir, a 50-man orchestra choir, 35 singers, 10 instrumentalists and 10 lead singers to beef up this year’s edition.Mkpanang who is also the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Protocol further announced that the committee has reduced Brass Band from a 200-man to a 100-man band.
According to him, great and multi-talented gospel artistes of national and international reckoning such as Israel Houghton, a US internationally recognized worship leader, recording artiste, song writer, producer and a five-time Grammy Award winner and Lionel Peterson, a world renowned South African Gospel legend, famous for mega gospel hit – ‘Jabulani Africa’ will sing at the event.
Others are Sinach, an international worship leader of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Believers Love-World Incorporated, also known as Christ Embassy International, notable for over 200 songs such as Awesome God, More of You, and From Glory to Glory, among others; Frank Edwards, a Nigerian exceptional, versatile and multiple award winning gospel rock artiste and one of the Music ambassadors of Christ Embassy International Church, known for such hit singles as ‘‘You too dey bless me and Omemma, among others, as well as St. Kitts and Nevis National Mass Choir.
Akwa Ibom voices such as Aity Dennis Inyang, Pastor Goody Goody, Fadabasi, Linda Etukudoh, Nathaniel Bassey, Freke Umoh, and Folake Umosen will also feature during the Carol night.
The event slated for December 21, 2013 will hold at Uyo Sports Stadium and beamed live by AKBC (TV Service),Uyo, AIT and NTA International, and on the internet by Digital Generation Systems through www.aksgonline.com or www.ustream.tv.
The event which is a pet child of Governor Godswill Akpabio administration started in 2008 with 9,300 choral singers from the 31 local government areas of Akwa Ibom State has now grown to 9,999 against 7,514 singers Guinness Book of Records largest assembly of choristers at the Bob Jones University in South Carolina, United States in 2004.