The Akwa-Ibom Christmas Carols Festival has once again lived up to its billing as one of the most delightful Christmas experiences in Nigeria as it treated thousands of attendees to a breath-taking experience on Friday, December 17, 2021. This year’s edition which was underlined by leading financial institution -Fidelity Bank Plc – saw an estimated 55,000 on-site guests and over 50 million viewers from the internet and satellite television bask in the euphoria of the season through soul-stirring performances.
Speaking on the partnership, Fidelity Bank MD/CEO, Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe said, “We are very excited to partner with the Akwa-Ibom State government to host this year’s Christmas Carol Festival as part of our commitment to support the development of the country’s blossoming tourism Industry. We believe that the festive season is all about sharing love, joy and optimism and we are delighted to help host thousands of people to a beautiful Christmas carolling experience that demonstrates this.”
Tagged ‘The Return’ the festival featured a predominantly Nigerian line up of ministers including the gospel music legend, Panam Percy Paul, and other top Nigerian Gospel Musicians such as Tim Godfrey, Aity Dennis, Dunsin Oyekan, Progress Effiong, Ema Onyxl, David G, Ada Ehi, Bobby Friga, and Minster GUC – all of who gave electrifying performances at the 55,000 capacity Ibom Hall Arena in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State.
Also performing at the event was the globally renowned, Akwa-Ibom Carol Festival choir that featured 5,000 choristers out of it 25,000-member strong choir. Other choirs who gave wonderful renditions at the event include Intensity, the Akwa-Ibom state Choir, The Promised Land Chorale Int’l, and the Ibom Brass Orchestra. The event also featured multiple-award-winning South African DJ and Musician, Master KG who was the only foreign performer at the event.
A major side attraction for attendees at the event was the ‘Fidelity Santa Grotto’ experience centre where attendees took photos and received gifts from Santa courtesy of Fidelity Bank.
For the first time in the history of the event, two Guest Ministers – Senior Pastor of the Potter’s House Church from USA, Bishop Thomas D. Jakes, and General Overseer of the Redeemed Christain Church of God, Pastor E. A. Adeboye – graced the occasion. Special Guest of Honor was His Excellency, the Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel.
The festival drew a lot of attention and was attended by an estimated over 55,000 on-site guests and over 50 million viewers from the internet and satellite television.
Considered by many as one of the best Nigerian religious cum cultural festivals, the positive experience from the Akwa-Ibom Christmas Carol Festival 2021 edition powered by Fidelity Bank is one that would linger well beyond the yuletide season.