Hands were lifted, feet were moved, voices were drowned in joyous praise and souls were won to Christ. This was the sum effect of the man who needs no introduction to gospel music ministry and captivating performances, Joe Oscar Mettle and the 2nd edition of ABNTV Gospelfest was no different.
In a fashion very typical of him, he wowed the mammoth crowd which gathered at the Trinity Baptist Oasis House in Croydon, London.
The ABN TV Gospelfest was started last year as the flagship thanksgiving gospel concert to celebrate the goodness of God and foster community worship within the London Christian fraternity.
This year’s event saw a return of one of Ghana’s most celebrated Gospel music icons Joe Mettle together with Nigerian gospel heavyweight Sammie Okposo, Afrogospel star Andrew Bello and the sensational gospel girl band, Shekinah.
Patrons also had the opportunity of witnessing some emerging gospel talents alongside the main ministers for the evening.
In an interview with red carpet host, Akosua Dwomoh Fokuoh, Sammie Okposo, who opened the evening with an electrifying worship and praise from his popular repertoire, said: “African Gospel Music has come of age and I am excited that ABN is pushing the frontiers with Gospelfest.”
Sammie started off with ‘Yaweh have your Way’, a soul-inspiring worship song, then got the crowd into a spirit-filled frenzy with ‘Marvellous Thing’ and ‘Everybody look.
After him, new acts Adwoa Armah, Daniel Dadson, Joseph Matthew and Checko Ankrah took turns to bless patrons for the evening.
Shekinah were at their very best with a performance of their two new singles ‘Change Me’ and ‘I will wait’. The evening switched into another gear with Andrew Bello’s electrifying performance that had the old and young dancing.
The evening was crowned with two hours of eclectic performance from the headline act for the evening Joe Mettle, who took the crowd on a journey of worship, praise, anecdotes, encouragements, testimonies and more.
With his vast repertoire guiding them, the crowd worshiped, cheered and danced. The auditorium erupted with excitement when he performed his current hit track ‘Bonoo ni’.
The highlight of the evening was when Joe shared his testimony on how he was prevented from travelling to the UK at age 16 by his Godmother, Apostle Lyanne Koffi and the profound impact the decision had on his growth and ministry.
Joe Mettle prayerfully weaved in an altar call, which saw 8 people give their life to Christ. Some lucky patrons also took home prizes including a free air ticket to Ghana, a 50 inch 4K TV set, a Samsung Galaxy Note9, hampers from sponsors and much more.
A VIP reception with Joe Mettle was held for premium ticket holders who had an up-close and personal time with the gospel music icon after the event.
ABNTV Gospelfest was supported by Ria Money transfer, World Remit, Tropical Sun, LifestyleBids.com, Koalpot Catering, Miss Edivine, ORS, Bespoke Binney and JVK.
Social media was full of commendation for the event as captured by some patrons and sponsors.
Reginald Larry-Cole of Lifestyle Bids said “Congratulations ABN, you lead where others follow! Lifestylebids was glad to be part of your celebrations”.
Y Aaron wrote on Facebook: “It was a truly stunning event, we had such a lovely time.”