Uma Ukpai Commissions Triple JPlus
01 Jul 2011: Benjamin Njoku
For hours, there was stampede in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State as Pentecostal pastors, local and international music stars stormed the state from all parts of the country to witness the formal album unveiling of TripleJPlus, the three kid singing sisters born of Dr Abel Damina, the national president of the youth wing of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria.
The kids, Jemima, 17, Jesimiel, 16 and Jeiel 8, were commissioned and their album launched by Dr Uma Ukpai, a foremost international evangelist who also warned young boys to stay off the singing sisters in order not to distract them.
Ukpai who was obviously pleased by the quality of the children’s album and performance recalled that in the early 50s when he brought the first set of musical equipment into the country for the propagation of the gospel, he was pilloried by those who did not know the impact of economic gains of music.
In fact, he said he had come to discover that there was so much money in the music industry that what crude oil was offering the country at the moment, if properly harnessed and managed.
But then, Ukpai said he had to destroy his music studio because he discovered that music was distracting him from his main calling as an evangelist. He challenged the kids and their parents to watch it and avoid anything that would distract them, especially in their education.
The state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Bishop Cletus Bassey who led other pastors to the event also endorsed the kids noting that the baby singers were a pride of the state and ambassadors to Akwa Ibom State.
Renowned artistes also endorsed the album, including the MTN Project Fame singing group, Keffy of the Branama fame, Anne Inyang, Frank Edwards and many others.