Nigeria probably has never seen a red carpet set up like the one at Revival Assembly in Ikeja on Sunday December 1 for the much talked about COSON in the Church. The expansive and breath-taking red carpet lined up with flowers and a big bar for cocktails and finger foods was the cynosure of the eyes of all those who came from far and near for the show everyone has been talking about. The hostesses were simply strikingly beautiful.
Throughout the red-carpet ceremonials, the amazing violinist, Emmaolin,easily Nigeria’s best, on a special stage set up for him poured sweet music from the heavens on the multitude who had come to share in the experience of an event like no other. It was breath taking! The cameras and paparazzi went gaga to capture the moment in history. Everywhere you looked, the sophisticated COSON branding stared back at you.
At the main auditorium, the lights dimmed, and the mega screen came alive and lo and behold, Chief Tony Okoroji, the man who conceived and made the show happen, was brought into the hall on a beach bike and the audience roared. COSON in the Church was on!
What followed was a relay of exotic performances by Nigeria’s most talented gospel artistes. Mike Aremu was stylish and exceptional and showed why he is considered one of Africa’s best saxophonists.The brilliant choreography of Asu Ekiye, the generalissimo of Gospel music, also called the Prince of the Niger Delta,brought out many-many white handkerchiefs that swung in the air and kept everyone grooving and grooving nonstop. Righteousman, the reggae star, had a performance no one who saw him on stage at Revival Assembly will ever-ever forget. He was in complete control of both his band and the audience and everyone swung to him.
If you missed the performance of Tosin Bee, the young gospel music firebrand, then you truly missed. He had the audience eating off his hands in his special call and response act. Word-to-God took the audience through an amazing medley of songs with their out of sight harmonies rooted in the world- famous negro spirituals mixed with a South-Eastern Nigeria flavor.
And so COSON in the Church rocked and rocked with the gospel highlife music of the beautiful Ibitayo Jeje, the sonorous voice of Essence and the sweet performance of Ighosa Obaro.
There were special prayers by different pastors for the growth of the music industry and the Nigerian nation. A thunderous prayer by Pastor Timi Oshikoya popularly known as Telemi was captivating
The high point of the event may be the unforgettable prayer by Apostle Anselm Maduboko, General Overseer of Revival Assembly churches who hosted the music industry to the talk-of the-town event. The man of God was emphatic that by giving special recognition to God, COSON will survive every plan of the enemy and grow from strength to strength to become an even stronger player in the Nigerian nation. Present at the event were many artistes, old and young including the beautiful gospel singer, Ayo Vincent and Dr Funmi Argbaye, National President, Gospel Musicians’ Association of Nigeria (GOMAN). For much of the evening, there was a repeated chorus by the congregation of the famous COSON slogan, “Let the music pay!”
From the beginning to the end, the 2019 COSON in the Church was a blast and an unforgettable event emceed by the vivacious Kenny Saint Brown who brought the event to a close with an electric performance of her own.