Good report! by Wale Adenuga
Every great thing starts with a thought. A thought
implanted by God. Or it could be one inspired by the
good deeds of another man who was originally inspired by
God. In 2006, Fountain of Praise commenced a series of
concerts under the brand name WorshipforChange.
I’ve gotten to a point in my life now where people dancing
and lifting up their hands when I sing does not offer me
the most fulfillment. I’d been inspired early in life by
the contributions of people like Martin Luther King jr
and Mother Theresa to humanity. And often, Bankole
Sadipe, Theophilus Emmanuel and I had really felt in
consonance with God’s word, our faith must be matched by
works. True worship is not in what we say. Worship as
exemplified by Abraham in Genesis 22 involved giving up
the dearest things to us.
Last year we raised over N1.2 million for 2 charities namely
Downs Syndrome Association of Nigeria and the
Hearts of Gold Hospice. This year we felt inspired
by God to do things a bit differently. Previously we
sold tickets. We realized we could use the same effort
to raise sponsorship for the concert and then specially
invite people to attend the benefit concert. Bankole
remarked he was anxious to find out how this whole thing
would turn out. I was curious myself.
There were challenges along the way. The most remarkable one
was about 11 days to the event. The hall we had
earmarked for the event was given out to someone else.
The printer had just delivered the cards and we were
about to start distributing. But then God made a way.
Lagoon restaurant was available. More expensive but
certainly a much better venue than that we had earlier
With hundred of litres of fuel burnt, hundreds of kilometers
traveled, tens of thousands of naira spent of recharge
cards and many prayers said before and after numerous
planning sessions, we got needed sponsorship from
corporate bodies such as C&I Leasing Plc,
Nadina Industries, Laterna Ventures,
Protea Hotels [Victoria Island], Kraft, Aholiab Works
and Frontier Reel Mix. Others are Gallery
Magazine, E&M Business Solution, Modamo Photography,
Jubilee Christian Centre [RCCG] and Classicus
Rentals. And then we had all the different artists
who performed free of charge – Bob Fitts, David
Baroni, Gbenga Adenuga, Prophecy and the
Landlords. Tosin Martins didn’t make it as he
was stuck at another event. The MC for the night,
King Smith rocked! Every one was left reeling with
laughter. It was a night of a thousand and one laughs.
And there was not one lewd joke told.
I got to the venue early on Sunday 30th. My state of mind was
like that of King Darius in the book of Daniel. Would
God save today? Would people come? Would they be willing
to give to help the work being done at the Arrows of God
Did people come? You bet! About a thousand! Did they have a
nice time? Look at the photographs! Did they give? Yes
they did! Total monies pledged was….. N3.2 million,
of which N820,000 was redeemed that night!
Our goal is N5m. We intend to use these funds to buy a
50kva generator and a 15 seater bus for the
Arrows of God orphanage, Ajah. The concert is
over, but the bank isn’t closed. We are hopeful that by
the 1st week in November, the orphanage will take
delivery of the bus which they need so urgently.
You can’t fix every problem. But there are some you can fix.
Here’s an opportunity. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
if you will like to make a donation.
ALL PHOTOGRAPHS BY THEOPHILUS