In the light of celebrating Lagos State at 50 along side with some of showbiz personalities such as Joke Silva, Olamide, Adewale Ayuba, K1 de Ultimate, KSA, Desmond Elliot, among others, gospel musicians in the state are not particularly pleased with the state government for excluding them from the celebrations.
According to the Governor of the Lagos State chapter of the Gospel Musicians Association of Nigeria, Raphael Babalola:
“We are usually sidelined in events like this so we are used to it. But it’s not proper; we should have been involved fully.
“Lagos State is home to all, so where are the people that have been praying for the peace of this state and praising God? Why is it that when it’s time to celebrate, we are now kept aside?”
Dunni Olanrewaju, also known as Opelope Anointing added that:
“I feel that gospel artistes should be given a day out of the programme to praise and thank God for sustaining Lagos since inception. God has really been good to this state and that’s why we said even if the state does not include us in its program, we, gospel musicians resident in Lagos, would organise our own event and give praises to God.
“This event would come up in May and we will invite Lagos State representatives as well. However, I hope that the government can still make amends and accommodate Lagos-based gospel musicians.”
The immediate past president of GOMAN, Timi Orokoya aka Telemi, also said:
“When we talk about celebrating Lagos at 50, then praise should take centre stage. We know that there are different religions in the state and all should have been carried along.
“I think the people tasked with organizing the celebration didn’t go about it the right way because even the governor may not be aware of this sidelining of gospel singers and pastors.
“Lagos is not all about the Eyo masquerade; the state belongs to us all. Whatever we do that does not involve God lacks a good foundation.”
Furthermore, Abel Dosunmu aka Mega 99 said:
“It doesn’t make one happy considering the contributions of gospel music to the upliftment of this great state. I would like to implore the committee in charge of this programme to make it all encompassing; it is not too late.
“Gospel music ought to be promoted so that young ones out there won’t think that there’s no value in it.”
Written by Clement Oluwasegun