Fidelity Bank MD/CEO Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe has explained that the bank partnered with Akwa Ibom State Government to host 2021 Christmas Carols festival as part of its commitment to supporting the development of the country’s tourism industry.
The festival treated an estimated 55,000 on-site guests and over 50 million viewers from the internet and satellite television to a breathtaking experience on Friday, December 17, 2021.
“We believe that the festive season is all about sharing love, joy and optimism and we are delighted to help host thousands of people to a beautiful Christmas carolling experience that demonstrates this,” Mrs Onyeali-Ikpe said.
Tagged ‘The Return’, the festival featured a predominantly Nigerian line-up of ministers including the gospel music legend, Panam Percy Paul, and other top Nigerian gospel musicians such as Tim Godfrey, Aity Dennis, Dunsin Oyekan, Progress Effiong, Ema Onyxl, David G, Ada Ehi, Bobby Friga, and Minister GUC – all of whom gave electrifying performances at the 55,000 capacity Ibom Hall Arena in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State.
Also performing at the event was the globally renowned, Akwa Ibom Carol Festival choir that featured 5,000 choristers out of its 25,000-member strong choir. Other choirs who gave wonderful renditions at the event include Intenxity, the Akwa-Ibom state Choir, The Promised Land Chorale Int’l, and the Ibom Brass Orchestra. The event also featured multiple-award winning South African DJ and musician, Master KG, who was the only foreign performer at the event.
A major side attraction for attendees at the event was the ‘Fidelity Santa Grotto’ experience centre where attendees took photos and received gifts from Santa courtesy of Fidelity Bank.
For the first time in the history of the event, two guest ministers — senior pastor of the Potter’s House Church from USA, Bishop TD Jakes, and general overseer of the Redeemed Christain Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye — graced the occasion.
Special guest of honour was Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel.