The Bible calls on believers to praise God with song, and to dance in His name. That happens in churches on many occasions.
But what happened last Friday evening at Miracle Centre cathedral in Lubaga was at a whole different level. This was during Nigeria’s award-winning singer Sinach’s praise concert.
Accompanied by her band, when she sang I Know Who I Am, it was like the whole congregation’s dance mode was activated. Jessica Kayanja had to storm the stage, pulling some serious dance strokes that got her husband, Robert Kayanja, and Sinach’s husband, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (of Christ Embassy church) pulling out their wallets to ‘shower’ her with money.
That was the climax of the highly-anticipated show. All the proceeds went towards the Bucket Project, another brainchild of Kayanja, aimed at helping the needy.
The buckets, consisting of items like soap, sugar, milk powder and flour, among other essentials, are distributed to different communities in Uganda. It is a spinoff of the Afri Aid Project that saw food worth millions of shillings delivered to South Sudan and received by President Salva Kiir.
“I refuse to enjoy my life while people around us are suffering,” said Kayanja, adding: “Hunger knows no religion, tribe or status.”
Earlier on, Sinach, who was born Osinachi Kalu, had sung songs such as Born To Reign, I Worship You and I Live To Praise Your Name, among others. Her praise and worship songs are sung by church choirs world over, including Uganda as seen when she performed I’m Blessed and You Make My Life So Beautiful, where she was joined by some members of the church’s choir to sing with her.
The event that kicked off around 8pm also had performances from American gospel singer Anthony Faulkner singing I Trust You. This is on top of performances by Sachi Basaki and Proclaim, the children’s choir.
Sinach performs again this evening at the same venue.