Posted: Tuesday, April 4, 2023. 8:25 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: If you’re a fan of Gospel music, then there’s no better time than now to head out to the Digi Park on Northside where the Belize City Council is hosting its free two-day Holy Week Revival Concert, headlined by Nigerian artiste Sinach (full name Osinachi Egbu).
As Africa’s most streamed and followed performer in her genre, Christian and even non-Christian ears may be familiar with her hit songs “Way Maker” and “I Know Who I Am,” and as she was introduced to the local press earlier this afternoon at the Vino Tinto Restaurant at Golden Bay Complex overlooking Marine Parade, she told us that she was not here so much for entertainment as for ministry.
“We are going to be assuring people that God is a way-maker, that he is a comforter, and before anything happens, God already knows and he has gone ahead of us and has made a way for us. I’m just looking forward to ministering the heart of God to the people and comforting them, inspiring them, and inspiring their faith in God. I’m looking forward to that,” she said. The Billboard-leading artiste also spoke of her musical and spiritual influence: “It’s a combination of both. It’s – different things inspire different people. Sometimes it’s when you’re praying and God gives you a message and sometimes it’s when you’re dealing with people and God puts a song in your heart. And sometimes it’s when I travel and yeah, God drops a song in my heart for the people. Yes, it’s a combination of all that.”
Sinach has been charmed by The Jewel, saying it feels almost like her home – Ebonyi State in Nigeria, where she heads a ministry.
And Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner said our home could use some spiritual cleansing after the recent trying times of the COVID pandemic and Hurricane Lisa which both postponed this concert.
“When we actually put this event together and we took it to our caucus room to deliberate, my team said we need this in the City. We need some sort of revival in Belize City. We’ve been through a lot as a city, facing the dreaded COVID. It was really a dark time in our city and I believe in the entire world. So, we came together and said we had to do some sort of revival in our city, and when we were just about to put it together, then Hurricane Lisa came and really devastated the city again and so I was always saying to myself this is a test for Belize City, and we need to get back to our roots because we are a God-fearing nation.”
A standing-room-only crowd is expected at Digi Park from congregations in Belize as well as visitors from Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S. Food and other attractions will be available and a full lineup of entertainers will fill the bill for both nights – and security arrangements will be in place to ensure there are no devils in the details.
Speaking of details, the Council promised to share details of its spending, amounting to “high five figures” for this concert, in the coming weeks as the Mayor said it did not prove as difficult as he expected to put together.
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