The Experience Concert held on Friday, December 7th 2018 for the 13th year running at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) Onikan, Lagos. It was a fantastic experience all though. The event, which is a ministry expression of Pastor Paul Adefarasin and his House On The Rock church, had the whole world worshipping from 7 pm on Friday night up until the early hours of Saturday morning. This year’s edition was themed ‘Jesus our Peace.’
The concert featured a powerful line up of award-winning and renowned indigenous and international gospel musicians such as Don Moen, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Timi Dakolo, Travis Greene, Nathaniel Bassey, , Vicki Yohe, Chioma Jesus, Tope Alabi, Eben , Tim Godfrey, Mike Aremu, Glowreeyah, Onos, Eno Michael and Chee. And for the first time at The Experience is JJ Hairston, Planetshakers and Ada Ehi. Kudos to Pastor Paul Adefarasin and House On The Rock church for making this a reality. We can never go wrong by worshipping God.
The Experience averages a yearly attendance of over 500,000 people at the venue, with millions more watching live online from all over the world. According to Pastor Paul Adefarasin, the concert has grown to become the biggest gospel concerts in the world. The Experience Concert was first held in December 2006 at Tafawa Balewa Square with 70,000 people in attendance.
Paul Adefarasin at a press conference on Friday explained that the inspiration behind the 2018 theme is to highlight who Jesus is, especially in the world we live in today – the Prince of Peace. The allure of The Experience Gospel Concert is its penchant for unifying people irrespective of nationality, faith, gender, status or political persuasion.
Adefarasin noted that regardless of the outcome of the forthcoming elections; peace is the ultimate candidate that we should all support, and must be the candidate that wins.
“Despite many challenges Nigerians may face, we cannot afford to lose faith in God’s ability to turn things around for our good, choosing to see a bright future, the Nigeria of our dreams, one that we can proudly bequeath to the next generation.”
“Our elected representatives can no longer afford to the selfish luxury of focusing on their own interests; rather they must be fully capable of managing our affairs.”
“The population can no longer sit back and complain of lack of clear direction. It is time to become change agents, nation transformers and the solution that Nigeria has long awaited. Providentially, the Nigerian electorate is fast evolving from nonchalant, passive onlookers into politically keen, invested and active participants seeking to develop and enshrine good governance, as evidenced by the number of technocrats vying for elective positions in the forthcoming general elections.”
Adefarasin said each Nigerian registered to vote must do so with a clear conscience devoid of prejudice or self-interest.
“Our vote must be for peace, transparency, credibility, equity, justice, inclusion, development and unity. Patriotism should be of necessity, be our motivation and above all, peace must be our ultimate candidate regardless of the outcome of the elections. We all need to work together for a peaceful win.”
The Experience Gospel Concert 2018 It was indeed a night of worship as Jesus was exalted as King. The event was well attended by members of the media, captains of industries, doyens in the marketplace, diplomatic corps, government officials, statesmen and a plethora of guests. We can’t wait for 2019!