Fides Media, the Social Communications Department of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, Anambra State, in collaboration with Archbishop A. K. Obiefuna Retreat, Pastoral and Conference Centre Okpuno, ABAKORPACCO, last weekend hosted the maiden edition of Love Praise Festival with Fides Media, featuring renowned gospel artistes in the state, report Mercy Hill, Alexander Johnson Adejoh, Precious Ukeje and Adejumoke Alebiosu.
According to Rev Fr Dr Martin Anusi, Director, Fides Media, Love Praise Festival with Fides Media Volume 1.0 was an incredible evening of praise and worship with Gospel Artistes like Ronald and Melodic Wonders Team; Hon Okey Okoye and Ogene Group; Chigozie; St Matthew’s Parish Choir, Amawbia; Good Shepherd Choir, among other artistes.
Fides reports that the programme which brought together, many Catholic ministers and other lay faithful, to share a spiritual connection, was geared towards having an uplifting experience in the presence of God.
Chimezie Ibedu, a staff member of Fides Media who was the brain behind the programme, told Fides that being Valentine’s Day, the objective of the Love Praise Festival with Fides Media was to provide a platform where young people could come together to encounter God in pure praise and worship.
Ibedu added that instead of joining their folks to celebrate the feast of St Valentine at pubs and night clubs in the state capital, the programme (Love Praise Festival with Fides Media) created an avenue against immorality.
Reacting, Rev Fr Maximus Muojike, Spiritual Director, ABAKORPACCO, who expressed pleasure with the outcome of the maiden edition of the programme, appreciated everyone who contributed towards the success of what he tagged spirit lifting moment.
Fr Muojike told Fides that Love Praise Festival with Fides Media had come to stay and that preparations for the 2022 edition were in place.
In appreciation, Mrs Uche Nnamdi who thanked the Management of Fides Media and ABAKORPACCO for putting up what she tagged a timely programme, disclosed that she was blessed spending her valentine with Jesus.
Mrs Nnamdi also urged the organizers of Love Praise Festival with Fides Media to make the event an annual praise festival with performance by a well-known gospel artiste like Mercy Chinwo.