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Its Thursday and it’s #THURSDAY_TROWBACK  with Greatgospelmusic!! We gonna be talking about Sammie Okposo today.

Sammie Okposo is an exceptional music producer, Psalmist, Entertainment Consultant and CEO of Zamar Entertainment.

Born in the late sixties, Gospel Artiste Sammie Okposo hails from Delta State, Nigeria. He started as a producer in 1995 when he joined the Nigerian Movie Industry as a Soundtrack Producer and later ventured into Music Producing. Today, he is credited for producing hits for some of the biggest names in the Nigerian Music Scene.

Sammie Okposo, is a United Nations Youth Ambassador for World Peace, who has featured prominently in sold out concerts all over Africa, Europe, America, Nigeria and most importantly, “The Experience” with Pastor Paul Adefarasin of House on The Rock Church. Sammie not only revolutionized, but also changed the face of Gospel Music in his home country of Nigeria, breaking all barriers to become the first gospel artiste to sell millions of copies of his work and the first gospel artiste to get his music played everywhere (including Nite Clubs) and this has earned him major respect as an acclaimed performer and entertainer.

Year Award Category Result
1994 Fame Music Awards Most Promising Male Artiste Won
1997 The Movie Awards, Nigeria Best Sound Track Won
1998 Best Sound Track Won
1999 Best Sound Track Won
2000 Best Sound Track Won
2001 Amen Awards, Nigeria Best Gospel Artiste Won
2002 Power of Music and Praise Awards Best contemporary gospel Artiste Won
Gospel Artiste of the year Won
2003 Kora Awards, South Africa Best Male Gospel Artiste in Africa Nominated
2005 Amen Awards Best Male contemporary gospel Artiste in Nigeria Won
CNA Awards Best remix Album Won
Teen choice Awards Artist of the year Won
2006 Afro Hollywood Awards UK Best Gospel Artiste in English Won
Nigeria Movie Awards Gospel Artist of the year Won
Best Sound and Music Score [Amazing Grace] Won
Kora Awards, South Africa Best Male Gospel Artist in African Won
2007 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, New York Gospel artist of the year Won
2008 Nigerian Music Video Awards Best Gospel Video Won
Nigerian Music Awards Best contemporary Gospel Artiste Won
2010 God zone award Excellence in Entertainment Won
2011 Nigerian Music Video Awards Best music video producer Won
2012 Inside Out media awards Positive impact awards Won
Pastor Bimbo Odukoya foundation awards Best male Christian artiste Won
African Gospel Music Awards U.K Trail blazer award Won
Real Soccerfest and CAN Grass root ambassador of the year Won
2013 Crystal Awards, Nigeria Album of the year (The Statement) Won
Artiste of the year Won
Nigeria Entertainment Awards, New York City Best Gospel Artist Won
Gospel Music Awards, Nigeria Best Indigenous/Traditional Song Nigeria Won
Album of the year Won
Nigeria Gospel Music Awards, Nigeria Artiste of the year Won
2014 Africa Gospel Music Awards (UK) Music Video of the Year (Who Tell You Say) Won
SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards (SA) Best of Africa Gospel Won
NMVA Nigerian Music Video Awards Best Gospel Music Video (Who Tell You Say) Won
2015 African Entertainment Legend Awards Gospel Artiste of the year Won
The Beatz Awards Best Music Producer Won
Best Afro High life Artiste Won
Trumpet gospel music awards South Africa Best worship song Won
2016 Trumpet gospel music awards South Africa Best worship song Won
Atlanta Georgia USA-Trail Blaizer Award Best of African gospel awards Won
2017 African Gospel Music and Media Awards,UK (AGMMA Awards) Male Artiste of the year Won
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HOLY NWEJE: The story of an Igbo Saint

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Hezekiah Okoro Nweje, was an Anglican priest.
A native of Onitsha in Anambra state. He was born in 1919 and died in June 1962.
He was nicknamed “Holy Nweje” because of his very humble, extreme righteous, easy going & a humanitarian life he lived. He was tenaciously devoted to the things of God. Whatever gifts he receives from the church he shepherded was always shared with those in the vineyard, the poor and the less privileged. He doesn’t hoard·them at the expense of the needy.
In his philosophy, he believed that wealth was sharing what you have without hoarding it. At a time, he was nominated for the position of the Anglican Bishop on the Niger, he declined and nominated someone he felt was more qualified
Rev. Hezekiah Okoro Nweje was seen as an upright, spotless and a righteous man. It was all those outstanding qualities he possessed while alive that brought about the name “Holy Nweje”. Depicting how holy one can be. He believed ones anger should not see the next moment.
In May 1956 Onitsha and Obosi were tussling for a piece of land, Rev Nweje was called as a witness, he told the Judge that none of the towns owned the land, na “Ani bu ani Chukwu” The land and thereof is of the lord. That ended the land tussle. He was always on the side of peace.·
Around April 1956, during the daytime local thieves invaded his house in Onitsha and stole tubers of yam and fowl, he ran after them and told them to come and take more cited hunger as the reason for their unconventional behavior. What a man!
Growing up in Igbo land, if seen or perceived as an upright person, you would be called or nicknamed “Holy Nweje” When next you’re called HOLY NWEJE, do not feel ashamed or mocked. It tells good of you. Nweje Lane in Onitsha metropolis is a street named to immortalize him. END
cc- Timothy Ofoegbu
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How Billy Graham Avoided Scandal early in Life
Evangelist Billy Graham lived 99 years, wrote 30 books, met with 12 sitting American presidents and preached the gospel to millions. But when he is buried this Friday, March 2, in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, he will be remembered not only as a world-changing hero of faith but as a humble preacher whose personal integrity set the gold standard for every minister in this country.
Why was this man so respected? How was he able to keep his ministry free from scandal for more than 75 years?
In 1948, when Graham was just 30 years old, he and his small ministry team met for Bible study and prayer at a tiny motel in Modesto, California. The other men in that meeting including assistant evangelist Grady Wilson, singer George Beverly Shea and song leader Cliff Barrows. Graham challenged them to pray about what codes of behavior they needed to adopt in order to keep the ministry clean.
The results of that meeting were profoundly prophetic. The men outlined what would become “the Modesto Manifesto”—a list of core ministry values that became the guiding principles of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The BGEA was founded two years later, in 1950, just one year after media coverage of Graham’s eight-week gospel campaign in Los Angeles made him a household word.
Here are the four key components of the Modesto Manifesto, along with notes that Cliff Barrows jotted down in their meeting:
Honesty: “It was resolved that all communications to media and to the church would not be inflated or exaggerated. The size of crowds and the number of inquirers would not be embellished for the sake of making BGEA look better.”
Integrity: “It was resolved that financial matters would be submitted to a board of directors for review and facilitation of expenditures. Every local crusade would maintain a policy of ‘open books’ and publish a record of where and how monies were spent.”
Purity: “It was resolved that members of the team would pay close attention to avoiding temptation—never being alone with another woman, remaining accountable to one another, etc. A practice of keeping wives informed of their activities on the road and helping them feel a part of any and all crusades they undertook would be encouraged.”
Humility: “It was resolved that members of the team were never to speak badly of another Christian minister, regardless of his denominational affiliation or differing theological views and practices. The mission of evangelism includes strengthening the body of Christ as well as building it!”
Graham has always been a spiritual hero to me for this reason. Early in his ministry—in fact, before he ever became famous—he realized that his ministry was a stewardship from God and that he could not run it any way he wanted. He had to manage it according to clear biblical principles.
Graham never forgot his humble roots, and he never let popularity change him into an egotistical monster. Even though he was invited to dine with presidents, queens and celebrities, his passion was taking the message of Christ to the common person. And when an usher tried to segregate black and white sections of an auditorium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1953, Graham removed the barriers himself.
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“I am not a great preacher, and I don’t claim to be a great preacher,” he once said. “I’ve heard great preaching many times and wished I was one of these great preachers. I’m an ordinary preacher, just communicating the gospel in the best way I know how.”
He also carried with him a healthy fear that he might try to touch God’s glory or take credit for evangelistic results.
Graham said: “So many people think that somehow I carry a revival around in a suitcase, and they just announce me and something happens—but that’s not true. This is the work of God, and the Bible warns that God will not share His glory with another. All the publicity that we receive sometimes frightens me because I feel that therein lies a great danger. If God should take His hand off me, I would have no more spiritual power. The whole secret of the success of our meetings is spiritual—it’s God answering prayer. I cannot take credit for any of it.”
So much of what we call ministry today has been compromised by ego, marketing and man-made agendas. Some of our own “Spirit-filled” preachers are happy to sell a healing or a financial miracle for $29.95. Others claim spiritual superiority because they have the largest following on social media or because so many lined up to attend their packed conferences.
We have exchanged honesty, integrity, purity and humility for hype, fake anointing, manipulated photos, inflated attendance reports, sensuality and boastful swagger. God forgive us.
Billy Graham raised the bar for all ministers. I pray we will never forget his legacy.
Cc: Lee Grady
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Life Story of JOE PRAIZE

20 years today I moved to lagos in a pick up van own by the guardian newspaper Nigeria where my elder brother once worked .
I remember very well the experience for me that day, it was as though I was traveling overseas , it was a big move for me and I knew my life was headed on the right direction.
On the 5th of March 2001, I step foot in lagos as a migrant and the first place I went after dropping my small bag in that “empty house “ was church ( Christ Embassy Ikeja ) and that day was the last day of a program that year called prosperity convention with the man of God Pastor Chris and we had Apostle Gbenga Igbafen as the guest minister and I saw for the first time how people were being moved by God to go sow seeds on the altar of God , I gave the small money I had in my pocket that night but it was as if it wasn’t enough , I felt there was something more to do. ok , “ long story short “ , I pulled my shoes ( I remember that my black shoe ) it was my very best and the only shoe I brought from Benin City , my one and only outing shoes ( lol ) . I rushed to the altar and dropped as a seed , I was barefooted through the remaining part of the service and after the service , I waited behind and joined those moving things out of the church building ( I was just looking for something to do after everything , I became MR ANYWORK that night ).
The program ended and I walked out of the church and those I came with asked for my shoes and I said to them it’s on the altar and immediately they understood what that meant. I went back home from clay bus stop in Ikeja to owode-ajegunle close to ikorodu where I was living at that time barefooted jumping on available public that very late hour and eventually got to my bus stop … reaching the bus stop there was no okada to take us to the house very far inside , so we had to walk, and while doing that the OPC guys came out , harassed us and we collected one slap but got home .
SOWING THAT SHOE THAT NIGHT WAS AND IS TO BE REMEMBERED TILL THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.
It is 20 years today and I am deeply grateful to God for GRACE.
Help me celebrate the grace of God at work in a man with a purpose and on a mission.
Cc: Philip Ojeaola
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