In 2015, three years ago precisely, Africans were inroduced to a different kind of reality television dance show titled “Dance with Peter”, a show sponsored by Nigeria’s biggest telecommunications giant~ Glo. The judges were Mr.P (Peter Okoye), Kaffy and DonFLEX while Ehiz was the presenter.
The show basically created a platform for those with dance skills to showcase their skills, they were all rewarded for their efforts.
It was the first of its kind and the overall winner for the first edition was Kelvin Ayanruoh who was given a car and millions of naira. Also, Peter Okoye (Mr.P) whose name the reality dance show bears, also took it upon himself to gift C-fly and Amazing Amie, a car and 250,000 naira each for being the most valuable dancers for male and female.
View his IG Post here
“So on the grand finale of @dancewithpeter @callistusfly (C-FLY) was my most valuable Dancer male (MVD) and @amazing_amenze (AMAZING AMIE) was Most valuable dancer ( MVD) female and I promised to buy them a KIA RIO each ??+N250k cash and I still gave the last 5 evicted contestants N500k each. And I want to let y’all Know that I fulfilled that promise.
“I know most of you will start wondering why it was never seen during the broadcast. Pls a big congratulations to dis two Amazing individuals who will always remain reference to DWP. I remain loyal and humble cos am the Koolest Dude #KoolestDude ??”
In 2016 and 2017, Africans yearned and anticipated for another edition, more so when all reality shows like Gulder Ultimate Show, Maltina Dance hall, MTN Project Fame etc. have all packed up after 5 to ten years of dominating the screen, but nothing came up.
Rumour has it that after the first edition, there was a disagreement between Glo management and Peter Okoye (Mr.P), the one whose name the show carries.
Irrespective of whatever may have happened years ago, fans are still anticipating for another edition of the reality tv dance show in this 2018.
Peter Okoye as however come out to say that he will revive the reality dance show. He made this known during an interview with Premium Times. View his words here…
PT: What projects are currently working on?
Peter Okoye (MR.P): Well, as you know I am constantly looking for ways to expand my horizon, which goes farther than the music. So alongside my team, some of the things I am most excited about are reality TV shows, one includes reviving Dance with Peter, the launch of my clothing line, the beverage factory and a platform I am particularly proud of as it is a way of giving back.
Popular gospel singer~ Synach recently had a lengthy chat with Sunday Punch where she talked about her biggest song, relationship with Pastor Chris, childhood, how her spouse treats her and how God doesn’t sponsor flops in her life.
Excerpts from Synach’s interview with Sunday Punch~
Did you know you would become a celebrated singer from the onset?
I didn’t even think singing was a career. When I joined the choir, I didn’t know any famous choir singer to tell me that singing in the choir could make me famous.
I didn’t start with a band or start with a branded identity; so, I will say that becoming a famous singer is simply by God’s grace.
Was music all you wanted to do as a child?
Growing up as a child, I had flashes of dreams of being a singer because I have always loved singing and everyone around me felt I could sing as well. But, to be honest with you, I didn’t think I would end up as a singer. I strongly believe God designed my life for me.
Why did you settle for gospel music?
Like I said earlier, God has a hand in what I do today; doing gospel music is God’s choice for me.
It’s important we realise that God created us for a purpose and it is very important for everyone to find that purpose and fulfill it.
So, I will say I yielded to God’s purpose for my life.
I have been singing in the church since 1989, though it started as a hobby.
I initially planned to leave the country after studying Physics at the University of Port Harcourt in Rivers State, but Pastor Chris Oyakhilome invited me to serve in the ministry.
But for him, I might not have discovered my gift. Also, serving in the church has given me a solid foundation that helps me stand strong.
How would you describe Pastor Chris’ impact on your life?
He is my mentor, life coach and a spiritual father to my husband and I.
How would you describe your childhood?
I had a very beautiful childhood experience. My parents taught me a lot of things, which formed the bedrock of who I am today.
I can also remember my formative years in the house of God; it has also played a vital role in my life up to this moment.I am the second daughter of seven children. I am from Ebonyi State.
When did you become a born-again Christian?
I got born again many years ago when I was younger and I have experienced increasing grace and favour since then. The Bible says He takes us from glory to glory.
As a kid, who were your role models?
My biggest role models have always been my parents. My dad was a man of conviction and my mum is a woman filled with so much wisdom and love.
I inherited my father’s tenacity, and deep love for people and God. I also have my mother’s wisdom, her ability to organise, create things and to see beyond the ordinary. I miss my dad, but I am so blessed and happy that I still have my precious mum with me.
Which of your songs is so dear to you?
This is a very difficult question for me to answer. All the songs God has blessed me with are very dear to me. I am a fan of my songs. They bless me and have ministered to me at different times in my life. For instance, I Trust in You is a prayer song that gave me the strength I needed during a certain time in my life.
Do you agree that I Know Who I Am is your biggest song so far?
I am not sure I understand your definition of ‘biggest’, but I will say God has enlarged my music at different levels in different languages, networks, territories and places.
For instance, on Youtube, Way Maker has over 65 million views while I Know Who I Am has about 40 million views. Way Maker has been remixed by different people in different nations and in different languages. Also, Great Are You Lord is sung in almost all languages in churches around the world.
My point here is this naming a song as the biggest hit so far is very relative to the science we use in measuring it. We may get to heaven and God gives accolades to my song you probably have never heard of. However, my next song is always my favourite because it is new to me.
How did you get the inspiration for I Know Who I Am?
I wrote it during my preparation for a youth concert in 2012. The idea was to create an upbeat track that could excite youths. It was done, but I didn’t perform it at the event for some reason. Later, when I was doing a live recording in South Africa, I included it.
The song has been well received all over the world.
What has been the secret of your rise?
In my song, No One Knows, one of the lines says, “Your favour surrounds me like a shield, your love amazes me, your grace has lifted me!” In other words, God’s mercy, favour and unusual grace have made my life so beautiful.
My mentor, Pastor Chris said that God’s grace has come into our lives to prove that the word of God can make your life beautiful no matter where you come from or your environment! That’s always my testimony and message; God is a way maker.
My love for God and fellowship with Him has sweetened my life. He leads me in the path I should go, which is living a God’s purposeful life.
If you find yourself living a life of purpose for Him, you will be successful. Even if I were called to do something else, I would still rise to the zenith.
However, putting your life in God’s hand doesn’t mean you should not be diligent; improve yourself and seek to become the best at what you do. Quality and excellence are important ingredients for success, and they are products of diligence.
How will you feel if your music is played at a nightclub?
Recently, a friend sent me a video of my song being played at a club. I noted from the reaction that they were singing along as they listened to the music.
When you produce the right music with the right lyrics, people will look for it. Everyone needs encouragement, love and inspiration. My music is powerful and when people listen to my music, they will get inspired.
What are your concerns for the gospel music industry?
I don’t have concerns but rather I am excited about how far we have come and what is ahead. Gospel music is a form of entertainment, but it also inspires with the right message.
When properly showcased in every available platform to reach as many people as possible, it can encourage and inspire people to move in the right direction.
I believe that my music has the right content to make an impact in the lives of both the young and old people globally.
Many people, especially the youth, have lost hope in the environment, leaders and the Nigerian system. Many youths have lost their minds and some are taking the easy way out through suicide, quick money, immorality and drugs. But gospel music can heal hopeless souls.
Do you think gospel music can ever be appreciated as much as secular music in Nigeria?
Absolutely, yes I think so. We have many people who listen to gospel music because it means good news. The number increases daily more than you can imagine.
With your busy schedule, how do you make time for your family?
I prioritise well. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Also, my husband is my biggest supporter; his encouragement is a great help to me. He is not afraid to let me shine and he is always happy when I excel. My husband is a precious gift
Do you see yourself quitting music to focus on other things in the near future?
The most important thing is fulfilling God’s purpose for my life. He leads, I follow.
What is your biggest fear in life?
I don’t have fears and I don’t have regrets either. I have fewer challenges because I have a team behind me. I am blessed because I belong to a good ministry and I am always around good people.
If music had failed, what would you have settled for?
With God, there are no failures. I couldn’t have failed as God doesn’t sponsor flops.
What are those things you still wish to achieve?
I currently have lots of philanthropic works going on in different parts of the world; I will make them public soon. Also, I receive requests from different parts of the world for mentorship. By God’s grace, September this year, I will debut the ‘Sinach Mentors, Live initiative.’
How does your success story make you feel?
As an individual, regardless of your success, there is always something more you like to achieve.
There’s no resting on my oars as God ministers songs and lyrics to me all the time. To whom much is given, much is expected.
People know me everywhere I go; so, it’s hard sometimes when I want to have private moments with my husband or loved ones.
Fans will always approach one for pictures and I understand their excitement. I feel surprised when I go to a country I have never been to and they know my songs.
How do you handle criticisms?
If you are not doing something good, nobody will criticise you. Criticism is a sign that you are making an impact and influencing lives.
Though I do not dwell on negative criticisms, I pay attention to constructive criticisms. I am so blessed to be surrounded with valuable and Godly mentors who continuously offer positive and constructive criticisms.
When do you regard as your lowest and highest points in life?
I don’t have any lowest point. Of course, challenges arise, but God knows the way through the wilderness and walking with Him keeps you flying high.
I have high points every day. When I read comments, posts and see what the Lord is doing with the gift He has given me, those are special moments for me and I experience them daily.
What has fame changed about you?
Fame has made me realise more than ever before that we are the living epistles of the Lord Jesus Christ because you’ve got the whole world watching.
How do you cope with pressure and demands that come with fame?
Once you always have the right people around you, and you are always in the right place at the right time, life becomes easy for you.
How do you get inspiration for your songs?
I am a servant of the people; so, I try to service their needs. I have realised that everybody needs encouragement as there is so much going on in today’s world.
My music comes from the sermons I hear from my pastor. I grew up in the church and it inspires what I do.
What advice will you give to young gospel singers?
They need to remember that they are Christians first and artistes second. All gospel artistes need to serve in the church so as to receive discipleship.
Some of them are not strong Christians, which explains why they fall into certain traps and the media blows it up.
But failing in one area doesn’t mean they are not Christians. The grace of God covers our sins and restores us; so, we shouldn’t be too hard on them also.
I always tell young artistes to know their season. If something does not work for you at the moment, there is no need to force it. They need to know when to wait and when to move.
Also, they should know that excellence commands attention. You have to work hard to be the best at what you do. Artistes need to believe in their talents and invest their own money into their music. It is not always wise to depend on sponsors to get you to the next level.
How do you relax?
Music relaxes me. Also, I like to sit in my garden, listen to the birds chirping and enjoy the freshness of nature. I spend a lot of time with my family and loved ones too and I cherish it a lot.
What is your favourite food?
That will be my husband’s delicacies; he has some special recipes for me. Those special moments when the Lord ministers to him, I love his delicacies.
The remains of the “Nine Corpers” who drowned in River Mayo-Selbe in the Gashaka Local Government Area, Taraba river have been taken back to their respective states for interment.
If you recall, on the day they drowned, the late Nine corpers along with 14 other corpers were on a picnic in River Mayo-Selbe when there was an abrupt upsurge in the volume of the water. After their death, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) management declared a three-day mourning for them.
Meanwhile one of those that escaped death narrated what happened.
“We went for picnic, 23 of us. We went to a waterfall. That was the first place. After taking pictures, we went to another side where there are beautiful rocks with clean water flowing under them. The water was very low though. After taking pictures there, eating and drinking, we were about leaving when someone just shouted see oooh. When we turned, we saw very dirty water coming with so much force and speed, the kind of speed I have never seen in my life, coming from a distance of about 100 metres. We were almost leaving the place but within seconds, the water got to our position. I don’t know how I jumped out.”
At Ogefash Blog, we pray that the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace in Jesus name; amen.