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Rainoil Boss Commends Hymnodia For Reviving Hymn Culture Among Nigerian Youths


Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
LAGOS - The Group Executive Director, Rainoil Limited, Mrs. Godfrey Ogbechie has commended Philosoville Limited, the initiators of Hymnodia reality TV show for promoting hymn culture among Nigerian youths.

Mrs. Godfrey gave the commendation recently at a reception held in honour of five finalists of the Hymn concert held at Parkview Astoria Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos State. 

The Rainoil boss noted that, Hymnodia has successfully demonstrated that a reality TV show on hymns and church music could be well structured and produced to the admiration of the people. 
From left: Dr. Gabriel Ogbechie, Group Managing Director, Rainoil Limited; Kenneth Ekhuemelo, Winner of Hymnodia 2019 and Ezinne Kufre-Ekanem

She further stressed that, Hymnodia has created the desired impact which could change the perception of young Nigerians in the art of worship songs against the secular music which has often been criticised as promoting immorality among Nigerian youths.

“Hymnodia has promoted the culture of hymns which gives in-depth knowledge and understanding to hymns, which are not fashionable among young Nigerians. Hymnodia has captured the interest of Christians and its worth celebrating for redefining hymns which inspire and inculcate ethical values. I believe we should be able to sing hymns everyday of our lives, and this has been reinforced through Hymnodia,” she said.

The Rainoil Group Executive Director therefore, urged the initiator to continue in the same stride which made Season1 successful, as interest for the show has heightened. She invited other corporate organisations to support the show while pledging further backing for the programme going forward. 
From Left: Kenneth Ekhuemelo, Winner of Hymnodia Season 1; with Ezinne Kufre-Ekanem, Chief Executive Officer, Rosemary’s - The Soft Furnishing Company and Producer of Hymnodia; Godrey Ogbechie, Group Executive Director, Rainoil Limited; and Olumide Dada, 1st Runner-Up in Hymnodia Season 1
According to her “all the twelve hymntestants took hymns rendition to new dimensions throughout the competition which is worth emulating by young Nigerians. I commend the five finalists for making it to the final out of such an intense talent pool. The excitement and potential that Hymnodia has ignited in the worship of God is enormous and deserves to be supported”.

While applauding Rainoil for the reception, the initiator of Hymnodia and Managing Director of Philosoville Limited, Kufre Ekanem commended the five finalists and the collective efforts of all the contestants which led to the creation of 62 new hymns in the course of Season 1. 

Kufre urged the hymntestants to utilise their talents for gainful purposes to justify the enormous investments made to groom them while at the Hymnstitute.

Ekanem praised the goodwill shown by Rainoil in hosting the reception/dinner and disclosed that though Hymnodia Season 1 may have ended, the hymn rebirth journey still continues between the seasons. 

He promised an even better dimension of Triple-E benefits (entertainment, education and edification) in Season 2 and thereafter.
From left: Kenneth Ekhuemelo, Winner of Hymnodia Season 1; with Mrs. Godrey Ogbechie, Group Executive Director, Rainoil Limited; Dr. Mrs. Nwadiuto Iheakanwa, Managing Director, Champion Newspapers Limited and Olumide Dada, 1st Runner-up of Hymnodia Season 1
Hymnodia, the fast-growing reality programme created around hymns and worship, commenced last December 30 with a flash mob flag-off and a triple-E (entertainment, education and edification) promise that lasted through weekly performance shows on hymns till the grand finale, the Hymncert, which held at the Shell Hall of MUSON Centre, Lagos on April 24, 2019.

The hymncert saw the bassofundo and the custodian of the first ASAPH, Kenneth Ekhuemelo as the winner, while Olumide Dada, the baritone singer emerged first runner-up, Mobolanle Oladimeji, the architect-baker-hymn writer came third, Abigael Nnadi and Rachael Darley. 

Hymnodia was broadcast on 10 television channels across the country with a dedicated YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/hymnodiahq), which remains available.

Rainoil Limited is an integrated downstream oil and gas company and a prominent player in the Nigerian industry, the company's operations span across the downstream value chain i.e. Petroleum Product Storage, Haulage/Distribution and Retail Sales.

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