World Guinness Book: RCCG Youths break record…(photos)

“That moment”, came for
me at about two minutes to the end of the 73 hours marathon praise. With goose
bumps all over my raised arms and sweat trickling down like stream on every
part of my body alongside the shout of “Arise” renting the entire 5000 seating
capacity hall of the Youth Centre RCCG, I was sure God has visited me.

The record breaking and
making 73 hours marathon praise, organized by the National Youth Affairs of The
Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) to commemorate the 73rd birthday
anniversary of Pastor E.A Adeboye has come/gone, and oh my was it awesome?!
The thrilling worship sessions which took place at the Youth Centre, Redemption
Camp began at exactly 2:00pm on March 2nd
(the actual birthday of Daddy G.O- as he is fondly called) and ended at
exactly 3:00pm on March 5, 2015.
The enduring pure and
true worship sessions,  tagged Marathon Messiah Praise,  is an initiative which
started in 2012, when Pastor Adeboye, the General Overseer of Redeemed
Christian Church of God (RCCG), turned 70 years old. 

In 2012, 70 hours marathon
praise was held, with each hour marking each year of his life.  

So as he marked 73 years this year, a 73 hours of worship was offered on his behalf as a memorial to God. 

The 70 hours marathon worship, is the first of its kind, making a record as the longest marathon worship to God. And now, with the 73 hours marathon messiah praise, this record has been broken and another record set in the Guinness Book of World ah-mazing!

The magnificent Youth
centre that hosted the thousands of RCCG youths lays at one extreme of the
Redemption camp.  As I stepped into hall, the coziness of the gigantic
air conditioners flushed my face at the beginning of the programme. 

On citing
the jaw breaking stage that was designed by Ultima with various warm and bright
lights, I immediately knew this was no joke.

The beautifully arranged stage
with splashes of light gave the hall the needed gospel concert glow. 

Photos, videos from Pastor Adeboye and RCCG's nationwide prayer protest against killings of Christians

While the ground
floor of the hall was opened to all worshipers, the gallery was reserved for media personalities (Like yours truly). 

The Dove Media, Redemption TV, Live Way Productions and other
independent media persons were in attendance  to pen the details of this
auspicious event.

The opening worship and
praise session was just soul-lifting. The host choir Marathon Messiah
Praise mass choir set the tune of the event, with ecstatic worship to God. 

high praise continued with praise leaders taking one hour each, to lead worshipers into God’s presence.

Ebenezer Obey, Buchi,
Bukola Bekes, Yetunde Are, Bidemi Oloba, Enitan Adaba, National RCCG youths and
Teens Praise team, Regional Choirs, Big Bolaji, BEEJAY SAX, Femi Okunuga, Taiwo Ibidapo,
Tosin Bee, Healing Streams from Daystar Christian Centre, Kunle Ajayi, Perfected Praise
Singers, Pastor’s Seed Forum (PSF) and more were some of the performers….BTW, i was hoping to see gospel singer Nathaniel Bassey, I always look forward to his worship session but dude didn’t show up :(…it is all good anyway!

The event did not
feature praise only, but pure music of different genres – Reggae, Fuji, Chants, Instrumentals, Shouts, Soul music and more. 
I particularly enjoyed the reggae session led by Buchi and his team, Evangelist Ebenezer Obey’s Juju praise was beautiful too. 

Then the Daystar Christian Centre choir, (Healing Stream), came with some sophisticated but anointed praises. They did not disappoint one bit as they rendered worship to God, representing their tush church.

And ah, Bidemi Olaoba!!!!
He dazzled the audience with great aptness of gospel Fuji lyrics.
Bidemi Olaoba’s ministration took me to the uppermost as he rendered unequivocal
thrilling fuji gospel music, quoting Bible passages for almost every song he
raised, almost if not everyone who witnessed his performance can testify to this….dude is a divine minstrel, i can only pray God continues to lift him higher and use him marvelously.
I must not fail to mention  Yetunde Are, the daughter of Mama Bola
Are, fine woman! 
In her orange skirt and blouse with
silver shoes and head tie to match, she led unconventional praises to God. And then one of RCCG’s key soloist and praise singer, Bukola
Bekes also had outstanding ministrations during the event.

The 73 hours marathon
praise is not just an event to celebrate with Daddy GO only, but also an avenue
to come before God with prayer requests and gifts. 

Wherever there is disorder, you cannot kill corruption – Pastor Ashimolowo

There were baskets placed on
the stage for the congregation to drop gift items and prayer requests. The
baskets were taken away after Pastor Adeboye came to join in on the programme. 

He prayed for the youths in attendance, saying that as they have spared their
time to come and worship God, God will also attend to them. 

Pastor Mrs Folu
Adeboye, wife of the General Overseer of RCCG, also took out time to appreciate
and pray for the youths present at the event. Mummy GO who could not hide her surprise
on sighting the mammoth crowd said, “I did not know you were this many”.

While some described
the event as awesome, others thought it was great, and some others simply thought
it was WOW! 

Many of the attendees I spoke to, claimed they enjoyed every bit of the sessions BUT urged the
organizers to consider bigger space for subsequent editions, adding that the
ventilation towards the end of the event was really poor…I totally concur, the crowd and the
praise energy pulled a lot of heat literally…..yea, ventilation wasn’t too good, it was almost too hard to breath in the hall at some point…but it is all good!

The event came to a
close with Pastor Odeshola, one of the Special Assistants of Pastor Adeboye
saying the final prayer. I honestly can’t wait for the 74 hours marathon messiah
praise already with testimonies to accompany the just concluded one.
73 hours messiah
marathon praise was not a concert, it was more than a programme. It was an
experience. A world record making experience at that! 



Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News. She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books. Tel: +2348000000901 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email: [email protected]


  1. Kemi ooooo, ebenezer obey's session was just there, not too wow as you paint it. The man just stood on one point throughout and was singing his old school songs. The only impressive act was the Bidemi guy, the others puh lease. Redeem needs to inviting celebrities like sammy okposo, Tim Godfrey, sunny ade, since it is for youths

    1. Wow! wow!! wow!!! Do you know that man that stood at one spot (Ebenezer Obey) has lost his sight? yet he had reasons to come and praise God with us.
      Do you also know that except God inhabits the praises of his people, a thousand celebrities put together, singing praises have no effect?
      Its not about who comes to sing, if you went there to "see" who came to sing, then I am sorry you may have lost the focal point of 73 hours marathon Praise, it wasn't even about daddy GO, yes, we were thanking God for his life. However, it was ALL about GOD! Worship to God alone. Have a beautiful weekend.

  2. It was indeed wonderful. I enjoyed all d sessions.
    We never came together to rate performances but celebrate God in d life of our daddy G.O for His faithfulness over His life.
    Thanks for d write up keno.

  3. God is awesome! Lord pls for the sake of daddy G.O and the true worshippers let me be a partaker in this year praised!
    Miss dis session.

  4. It was as if the programme should not stop. It was really an awesome and powerful one. I look forward to 74hrs again. So so blessed

    1. Wow! if praising and worshipping God was boring to you, I wonder how you"ll cope in Heaven (If you are planning to end up there, though)… Cos that's all we'll be doing. Cheers

  5. wow twas an amazing moment in the presence of the lord GOD bless RCCG.youth affairs and daddy G.O more grace ijn

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