By Enenche Vera
Some call them small but mighty. Igede, the third largest ethnic group in Benue occupies just two local governments, viz. Oju and Obi.
Despite its minority status, this medium-sized kingdom refused to resign to their fate.
The community is always in the news for good reason. It is either you read about a man from the land producing five daughters who are all lawyers or SIX sisters getting married to great ministers of the gospel.
‘Treasure Base of the Nation’ is the right alias for the community.
Today, IDOMA VOICE profiles six top gospel music ministers from Igede community. Igede Ohio!
‘You are great. Everything written about you is great’ That is the mesmerizing first two lines of the chorus of his hit song entitled ‘You are Great’, that has become an anthem among many gospel music lovers in Nigeria and beyond.
Steve Crown Okolo was born into a family of six. He portrayed interest in music at the age of four and joined Saint John’s Anglican Church choir at the age of seven, he was a member of the famous children’s happiness club named Deacon Kids Band.
He has shared stage with many great gospel artists, sang in concerts, crusades, served as Music director in several choirs and singing groups till date.
Chris Ade won the heart of music lovers during MTN Project Fame West Africa, Season 5 and emerging 4th runner up in the grand finale.
He was arguably the strongest vocalist in the music reality show and undoubtedly the judges and academy’s favourite (ask Joke Silver).
He has consistently grown and blossomed to a full fledged act while breaking boundaries with his unique style of music.
A graduate of Computer Sc/Statistics from the Prestigious Federal University Of Agriculture, Makurdi; Chris is highly gaced and blessed with great vocal strength, and unique song writing skills.
Unknown to many, Quin Eunice is the wife of gospel music legend, Chris Morgan.
Before her encounter with Morgan, she was a chorus leader in Dr. Paul Enenche’s-led Dunamis Gospel Centre, Abuja for years.
She is loved by many for her electrifying voice and deep worship.
She has an album entitled ‘You are Beautiful’ and a couple of other singles on air.
She’s also the chief operating officer of Apples of Gold Record Labels.
Her husband, Chris once recalled how music united them in an interview thus: “I went there (Dunamis) for a ministration and I heard her leading the worship with such an angelic voice. I was so moved and was like, who is this damsel with such a Holy Ghost-inspired voice?
Abel Success Erebe
He is like the two-edged sword- a preacher and a music minister put together.
Abel Success Erebe was at a pount in the mid 90s the only and most sought-after guitarist in Idoma community.
His ability to play virtually all the music instruments has stood him out as a highly graced music minister.
With several songs to his credit, Erebe is known for the remix of Luciano hit song, Sweep Over My Soul.
Sunnygrace sure knows how to move heaven with his voice. He is an anointed singer whose songs are full of inspirational words. Among his numerous songs is ‘I’m not alone.”
Peter Adole, had been a singer, since his teenage years and had recorded over 20 songs, altogether.
He is a true worshiper of Jehovah and has been described by many as the man who knows how to bring down the glory of God through worship. Among his songs are Father I Love You, Godiya and others.
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