Praise Night helps Unite Area Churches

Photo by Chidy Chyk
Welcoming praise: Performers from churches around the state joined together for praise and worship at the CUNSA annual Praise Night. Faith Christian Fellowship also used the event to spread information about Nigerian culture to those who attended.

Chidy Chyk
Staff Writer

From 6-9:30 p.m. April 8 at the Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies conference center, Faith Christian Fellowship, a subset of the Cameron University Nigerian Students Association (CUNSA), hosted their annual Praise Night.

This Praise Night event was titled “Magnify the Lord with Praise”. The event started with the MC Sarah Ojelade introducing one of the organizers Toluwalope Adeyemi to lead the congregation with the opening prayer, and thereafter Samuella Addo gave the welcome address.

After the welcome address, the event featured a praise and worship session by Christ Apostolic Church Choir; Bible readings by Chelsea Iluno and Seun Ayeni; music and dance ministrations by Cameron Baptist Church Choir, Tommy Loving, Ezlyfe and Salt of the Earth; spoken word by Jolajesu Opaleye; exaltation by Deacon Owolabi; and guest ministrations by Tomi Favored and Seyi Alesh.

Ayokunmi Akintunde, president of CUNSA, said she loved the fact that they involved more outside parties to be part of this year’s event.

“We wanted to involve more churches in Lawton, and we were able to,” Akintunde said. “Churches like Cameron Baptist Church and Salt of the Earth were in attendance, so that made me really happy.”

She also went ahead to say she was satisfied with the turnout of people, but she would have loved to see more Cameron students among the people from Lawton and out of state who made it to the event.

Amarachi Oleru, a sophomore chemistry major, felt this Praise Night was better than the previous one she attended last year.

“I feel better in this one, like I was more involved in the whole praise session,” Oleru said. “Last year, I was outside as part of the organizers, and an artist that I never met before – that was Tomi Favored – she was really, really good.”

She also said she would definitely attend this event again, and even encourage others to do the same.

Cameron alumni Osayande Okpefa said this Praise Night was different from the previous ones he’s attended.

“It was different because one, it was nice to attend as an Alumni, and then two, the invited guests,” he said. “While I was here, we never had an invited guest or professional artists come and perform.”

Another Cameron alumni Ayodele Lawal said the praise and worship sessions were his highlights for the night.

“It was fantastic just seeing people dance, and just everybody dancing and being happy in the presence of the Lord,” Lawal said. “I would say that was the highlight of my night”.

The event was concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by Ayokunmi Akintunde.

For more information about CUNSA, contact them at officialcunsa@gmail.com.

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