By JENNIFER OBI
The Shaddaiville choir – Shaddaiechoes’ stage performance of Majek Fashek’s hit track Holy Spirit on Sunday December 11 at The Ville, Yaba, Lagos was euphoric. Everyone in the cute air-cooled auditorium got caught up in it.
Guests like Mr. Sola Ajadi, one-time PR head of PZ Industries and now CEO, CK Communications Network, and his friend, Dr. Yinka Oludaiye, Pastor, House of Prayer, Navan, Ireland were just as touched by the performance as Pastor (Dr.) Juwon Adeniyi, Pastor Tunde Folaji and 84-year-old Grandma Fola Hamilton who together with the 200-strong audience had a great time reliving the Majek experience.
The lead voice of tall, lanky Tosin Fakile and the enthusiastic chorus of over 40 alto, soprano, bass and more singers really gave the song a great fillip. But wait for this… it was the reaction of the President, Shaddaiville Ministries, Dr Kunle Hamilton, that nailed Majek’s Holy Spirit re-enactment. At the end of the performance, he urged everyone to use Shaddaiechoes as a point of contact to “pray for Majek Fashek’s total healing and rehabilitation.”
The kpangolo crooner whose reggae stature was racing towards late Bob Marley’s status, had lost his fillip to drug addiction and hasn’t quite recovered despite several attempts to rehabilitate him. The passionate prayers raised for Majek by the Shaddaiville family was just as touching as Majek’s Holy Spirit song.
This took place Sunday evening during the annual Euphony Concert of Shaddaiechoes led by Deacon Segun Toba and his deputies, Mawuyon, Deacon Samson Alao and Deaconess Funmi Olatoye. The event also doubled as the graduation ceremony of 31 freshly trained young men and women being released as eagles by the Shaddaiville Leadership Academy.[/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]
Rebecca Aliu, a masters degree holder in Pharmacy emerged valedictorian of the Course 10 graduating Class of 2016. She is a member of the enigmatic Shaddaiechoes. A bit of what values 14 weeks of Shaddaiville leadership training added to her and her course mates seeped out of her valedictory speech.
“People always say that you should strive to do your best. I think that’s great, but that isn’t what you should strive for. Don’t strive to do your best, strive to be the best and don’t make excuses. And for those who are considering enrolling for Shaddaiville Leadership Course 11 in January 2017, I must confess it is the best and most beautiful decision you are about to make” Aliu said.
Instantly, about 30 people registered for Course 11 which will start 3.00-6.00pm on Sunday January 22, 2017 and run for 14 Sundays.
Popular on air personality (OAP) and presenter of The Discourse with Jimi Disu and Front Page Analysis on Classic FM 97.3 was the guest speaker. Mr Disu confessed to being impressed by the achievements of Shaddaiville Ministries in molding a better Nigeria through its youth capacity-building Christian packages. He urged the graduates to emulate the best leadership values and not sink into the abyss of corruption that Nigeria is still struggling with.
Disu demonstrated how fate works in favour of the well-trained, sometimes. He shocked a young man in the audience – who said that his dream was to be like Disu as an OAP – by inviting him to join his breakfast show on Lagos Talks 91.3FM at 9.00am on Thursday December 15. Just like that! The young man, Ololade, got the huge benefit of saying the right thing in the right place at the right time and to the right man, JD.[/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]
Between the three stage appearances of Shaddaiechoes, Dr Oludaiye and Mr Ajadi presented plaques to Shaddaiville’s newly ordained deacons and deaconesses. They joined Jimi Disu to present certificates to the leadership graduates and finally, a Fellowship award plaque to Engr. Tayo Adeolokun, CEO, Tasman Olokun Nigeria Ltd.
From the Living Reapers Christian Ministry came the Overseer and his wife, Pastor and Pastor (Mrs) Ben Toluhi, to felicitate with their spiritual father, Dr. Hamilton. It was Toluhi’s birthday and the tenth anniversary of their marriage. Along with their church members, they made a gift presentation to the Shaddaiville President.
Shaddaiechoes displayed a musical dexterity across different music types that electrified everyone. Nobody wanted the evening over. They must have made their UK patron, Dr. David Lai Soile very proud. He donated to them the lovely costume they wore. Dr Soile is the Bobagunwa of Remoland and Head, Shaddaiville Body of Fellows worldwide.
Shaddaiville Ministries has branches in England, America, Germany and Nigeria.
“We are leadership training charity. For 10 years we have been running tuition-free trainings in all the countries we are duly registered in. We run discipleship, leadership and vocational trainings. On long vacations we host special training retreats for teenagers, some of whom are now full grown adults.
“In addition to this, I co-host the Shaddaivlle International Prayerline with USA-based Prophetess Adefoyeke Adedeji every Sunday night. It is open to the public and is currently joined by people from seven different countries” Dr Hamilton explained.
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