The recently concluded International Pastors’ and Partners’ Conference (IPPC) saw some of the biggest names in the Gospel scene get awarded for their hard work.
The conference is an annual event where talented individuals get awarded during the final ceremony, the LoveWorld International Music and Arts Awards (LIMA). The awards recognize gospel artists that make the LoveWorld Music and Arts Ministry (LMAM) what it is.
The awards celebrate not just music, but also other forms of performing arts such as dance. None of this could be made possible without Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the president of Believers LoveWorld (BLW).
Who is Pastor Chris Oyakhilome?
Born in 1963 in Nigeria, Chris Oyakhilome is the Founding President of Believers’ LoveWorld Incorporated, situated in Lagos, Nigeria. The BLW, also known as Christ Embassy, was inaugurated in 1987 and is now a vast, global network of churches.
Today, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is loved by millions of people worldwide and is lovingly called the ‘Man of God’.
More About International Pastors’ and Partners’ Conference
The annual conference, held in the last quarter of the year, celebrates and summarizes the BLW achievements of the year. Attended by main partners and senior members of the Believers’ LoveWorld Nation, this conference runs for a week consisting of several events, ending with a great celebration at the LIMA awards ceremony.
The IPPC 2018 took place in Lagos, Nigeria, at the at the LoveWorld Convocation Arena. It concluded on November 18th, 2018, with the LIMA award ceremony.
More About Loveworld International Music and Arts Awards
The annual award show is attended by some of the most well-known names from the international Gospel Music circle. It is widely known to break barriers and this year, for the first time ever, the ceremony was aired live on the LoveWorld USA network.
During the ceremony, performing artists and nominated for several categories including Producer of the Year, Most Outstanding Group Performance, Band of the Year, and more. Each category received numerous nominees but, of course, only the best took a trophy home.
This Year’s Winners
The following are some of the winners:
- Producer of the Year — Kelly Lyon
- Best Dance Act/Drama Performance of the Year (Kids) — Kids Can Dance Lagos
- Spoken Word Artist of the Year — Pastor Esther Miracle
- Theme Song of the Year — Supernatural by T-Sharp
- Most Outstanding Group Performance — Hip Hop Ladies (Holy Hands)
- Musical Collaboration of the Year All Star Cat — Frank Edwards & Jeanine (So In Love with You)
- Band of the Year — UK Band
- Host Choir of the Year — UK Mass Choir
- Best Female Vocalist — Sinach
- Best Male Vocalist — Isaiah Samson, Martin PK, Eben, Obi Shine & Chris Shalom
- Hit Song of the Year (All-Stars) — Something to Shout About (UR Flames)
- Musical Collaboration of the Year — Rita Soul (Just Wanna Say)
- Most Effective Dance Group — Bold 5
- Best New Act — Lewis
- Hit Song of the Year (Proto-Stars) — Jehovah (Testimony)
Visit this link to view the complete list of winners.
What Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Had to Say
The Pastor coined the event “the most successful to date”. He also talked about the success of Christ Embassy while highlighting the accomplishments of the members of Believers LoveWorld.
Pastor Chris specifically highlighted the major milestone the organization recently achieved. In the year 2018 alone, the BLW succeeded in distributing over 1 billion copies of Rhapsody of Realities, a devotional piece created to inspire people.
The Rhapsody of Realities is available in 1,000 languages, which is a feat on its own. The aim of the organization is to make the book available to as many people as possible. In fact, today it is the second most highly translated book in the world, second only to the Bible.
According to the organization, this is one of their biggest achievements. A report released by the organization said:
“Over the course of 17 years, a little over 1.3 billion copies of the devotional were distributed in every known and inhabited nation under Heaven. This was last year, 2017’s achievement. In this special ‘Year of the Supernatural’ almost all of the 17-year distribution was accomplished, fulfilling the scriptures that all the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God.”
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome thanked the delegates and appreciated their hard work saying, “Tonight, we’re recognizing all of your Top Partners. We exceeded our goals. Several outreaches, definite impacts. We raised our visions and we got there. We’re looking at the next pedestal from there. The Lord gave us much favors. Amazing love…Thank you for making our dreams come true”.
Moreover, he also appreciated the music in general saying, “No music in the world makes sense without the talents from here.”
However, the main aim of the event, as always, was to guide people to become closer to God. Pastor Chris ended the event by reminding people of why they had gathered together saying, “[The] purpose is a driving force”, adding “your joy should be in the thing that the Father asked you to do.”
The event was an enormous success, receiving lots of media coverage as well with many praising the efforts to educate attendees about social media networking and digital marketing.