Gospel songsters should stay relevant – James Okon

Gospel songsters should stay relevant – James Okon

Top Nigerian gospel artist and pastor based in South Africa hinted recently that gospel artist should seek relevance and not vain glory.

Speaking with nigeriansinsouthafrica.co.za recently at Margate, Kwa Zulu Natal, the multi-talented gospeller says many gospel artists are involved in vain-blabbing and not the real worship of God.

He just returned from a United States of America/Canada trip recently where he also tutored many in the United States how to be their singing craft.

He pointed out that some Americans were shocked that Africans would be ones teaching them how to sing. “I told them we are a generation of Africans who graciously never experienced slavery. Music is a universal language and craft. Nobody has monopoly of knowledge”.

As he was jetting out of South Africa on Friday for a performance in Mozambique, he quickly added that the South African music industry should be guarded jealously and professionally.

He celebrated the men of God who bring gospel artists into South Africa and do free shows but also advised that excess of such free shows could cripple the professionalism in the Mzanzi gospel industry.

It was evident that the pastor who fondly calls himself a whiteman because he is albino is loaded and rich in the word of God. He says gospellers should study the word, pray and worship God in truth and in spirit.

His biography on store cdbaby.com reads: “James Uko Okon is my full name. Originally from Akwa-Ibom State, Nigeria. Born in NIFOR – Benin City, Edo State but now based in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am number four in the family of eight and the second of a set of twin.
After a four year degree program in History/International Relations and Education at the Lagos State University (LASU), between 1995/96 and 2000.

I proceeded to South Africa to study at the Rhema Bible Training Centre. In three years, I trained for a certificate program in Creative Ministries Major (Music), a diploma in Ministerial Training Major, a higher diploma in Ministerial Training Major, a diploma with the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music-London, by correspondence, and a certificate in Christian Counseling Major.

I worship with the Redeemed Christian Church of God as a member and as the Regional music director for Southern Africa 2 region. I am an ordained pastor with the same church and also run the King David’s Family (KDF) Music Ministry, a registered music organization that caters to all Christian music needs ranging from consultations to trainings, recordings and any kind of religious event ”

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