By Mila Yakubu
The “Take A Stand” music concert organized by the MadMo Group was organised to sound a clarion call for Nigerian youths to boldly “take a stand” against the ills in the country such as insecurity, violence, corruption among others and also to “take a stand’’ for what is right, “take a stand” for the truth, for justice, for dignity, and shun violence, terrorism, corruption and social vices eating deep into the Nigerian society.
The event which held at the Abuja Sheraton Hotels and Towers on the 13th December 2014 was meant to be graced by the presence of 5 international award-winning gospel stars: Da truth, Lilly million, Ezekiel, Janette and our own Chris Morgan.
Unfortunately, the international artistes did not attend the event as a result of delayed flight from Lagos to Abuja by Arik Air. BREAKING TIMES gathered from the organizers that the stars flew in from US to South Africa then connected through Uganda to Lagos but were denied access into the Arik flight coming to Abuja by Arik Air officials claiming the artiste were 10 minutes late from boarding time despite several appeal by the organizers which proved abortive.
The organizers having no control of the situation returned back tickets money to the crowd who were seated ready for the artistes’ performances.
Notwithstanding, there were many live performances by various Abuja based upcoming gospel artiste such as: Temple, GT Da Rapman, Minkir, 565, I-Kan, West Bone, Oj Wyte, Jay-R, Rymsta Ray, Japheth, Benny-wise amongst other performances ranging from rap, poem, group presentations etc.
The gospel music event exploited the use of music and music personalities to pass on its message. The basic concern of the group was to bring together a couple of artistes who would render their voice in the change walk thereby stressing that the change the society talks about, dream about and desires to see starts with us and that that change can be generated within.
“The youth are the voice of change that’s why we called various gospel and upcoming gospel artistes to bring in their individuality to help spread the word since they serve as role models to the society”, the organisers told BREAKING TIMES.