Ayewa International Gospel Singers led by Pastor Joseph Adebayo Adelakun is 40 years old and the group has lined up activities to celebrate the event in a big way.
The event which comes up on the 7th of May, 2017, will hold at 10 Degrees Events Centre, Oregun, Lagos. According to a statement made available to this magazine, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God worldwide, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, will lead the pack of dignitaries, to be supported by top Nigerian gospel artistes like Nathan Bassey; Ayan Jesu; GOMAN President, Evangelist Funmi Aragbaye; Evangelist Bola Are, Yinka Ayefele, Ologo Ara, Evangelist Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi, King Sunny Ade, among others.
‘Amona Tete Mabo’, one of the early songs waxed by Pastor Ayewa, remains evergreen. It was the album that brought Pastor Ayewa to the limelight and divine breakthrough.
The unique identity of Ayewa International Gospel Singers came forth in 1976 at Christ Apostolic Church , Kawo, Kaduna. Brother Amusa, as Pastor Adelakun was then called, had enrolled in the church choir in 1974 as chief composer whilst still in the Army
“But a day came in the church when the Lord spoke to him to gather some talented singers together to form a singing group apart from the church choir. So, he obeyed to select and call to the vision five people. By this time they had not named the group at all, they just sang and performed in church as the need arose,” said the statement.
The five members that started singing with Pastor Ayewa then are Brother Mike Olorunponmi, now Pastor, Sister Elizabeth Sola Oludare now Evangelist Mrs. Olorunponmi, Brother Roland, the first organist, Mrs. Ebajemito and Brother Abbey now Pastor Abbey.
There came a unique Sunday, the statement reads further, when the group rendered a piece title ‘Akuku Ye Wa’ meaning ‘It shall be well with us’ after which members of the church began to meet Pastor Ayewa, thanking God for the song because the whole church members were blessed and so they developed interest in the group. Members later met to choose the name “Ayewa International Gospel Singers’ for the band.