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The first ever praise festival in rural Nigeria holds today at Ikot Ibok in Etinan Council of Akwa Ibom State. Tagged, 'Uwa Ekom' (Sacrifice of Praise), and powered by Nineplus Afrika Limited with support from Kwuest Realtors Limited, the festival promises to be an exciting mix of dance, music, awards and word of God.

Buchi, Nigeria's foremost gospel reggae musician, poet, author and fashion designer is expected to lead other artistes in a shower of praise such as has never been known before in that part of the country. The two-day event will also feature homeboy, Database, singing his ever popular, 'Ayaiya' and his latest gospel and inspirational songs.

New but wave-making songstress, Josephine Oshodi and her troupe of dancers will praise God in the Niger-Delta fashion. The surprise artiste at the show is Muma Gee who is billed to entertain with a string of motivational music that will take the crowd on a journey to self discovery.

An excellent crop of home-based gospel musicians have also been selected to bring on the indigenous feel to the show. On this platform, there is Mr. Gee of the 'Eyen Abasi Amanam' fame whose popularity is growing in leaps and bounds by the day. Princess Uduak Akpan who is currently having a good run with her fast selling albums is scheduled to make an appearance. Also the good old, reliable, Rev. Emmanuel Ntia is set to prove that he is not yet a spent force.

Complementing the glamour content of the show is a fashion exhibition featuring the designs of two Lagos-based Akwa Ibomites who are doing very well. They are Clement Effanga of Clemas House of Fashion and Felix Aaron of Feron Couture. For all the artistes and designers it will be their first show in a rural part of Nigeria; and they have promised to give it their best shot.

The organisers, Nineplus Afrika Limited, expressed  surprise at  insinuations  that Uwa  Ekom  was being  organised  for   political   reasons, 'Uwa  Ekom  is simply an occasion for tumultuous praise  to God for two days . This is why we have invited popular artistes and preachers to Ikot Ibok to thrill the audience with gospel songs and word ministrations.

When we are done, you can be sure that the Lord God, Almighty will not only bless the land but prosper the people.  If this is politics then let us all join the praise team. We are also using this opportunity to honour and appreciate some persons who have made outstanding contributions to community development, through an awards ceremony.'