The “Worshipper” in Eben. Details and Photos of his “All the Way” concert

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Sorry guys. I know this took long but I’ve been kinda incredibly busy these days. So busy that I didn’t even have the time to listen to Eben’s new album Justified”. That could also probably explain why it took me this long to write this post.

Well, guess what, I finally listened to the album in full today and ……my goodness, it was beyond my expectation.
However, let me run over the concert itself and how it all went down……..er how it went up rather. Hehehehe. I did promise that JM Blog was gonna be there and bring you all the gist…..and pictures as well…..and I do not disappoint.

Its 4 pm and the magnificient Dome of Davids Christian centre is sprawling with activities preparatory to Eben’s much anticipated concert. IMG-20130728-00363 (640x480)The crowd trooped in from different corners of Lagos for what was undoubtedly expected to be a night where they were gonna go All the way with praise and resounding worship and what a night it was.

The media were already reporting live from the red carpet …..IMG-20130728-00366 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00375 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00370 (640x480)

The concert kicked off with MC Acapella throwing the audience into laughter with his spontaneous jokes.

Acapella
Acapella

Then there were performances by Simply Micheal, Ray and MK. As expected, MK threw the crowd into a frenzy of unrestrained worship.

MK
MK

I guess it was his own way of letting people have taste a Sound of Heaven which happens to be the title of his up-coming concert (more gist about that soon).

While all this was going on, the man of the evening Eben arrived

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Eben arriving on the red carpet

and had to oblige journalists and some of his fans an interview or two on the red carpet outside the dome ……

  IMG-20130728-00382 (640x480)IMG-20130728-00385 (640x480)IMG-20130728-00388 (640x480)IMG-20130728-00395 (640x480)……..then he exchanged pleasantries with some celebrities who came to honour him…..

Eben with Celebrity designer Uche Nnaji, MD/CEO Ouch!
Eben with Celebrity designer Uche Nnaji, MD/CEO Ouch!

and Bloggers too….

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Eben with Inspirational Blogger Johnson Madichie

Also, other guest artistes gradually began to arrive……

Jahdiel on arrival
Jahdiel on arrival

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Jahdiel on the red carpet
Jahdiel on the red carpet

Back inside, it was time to jump up and down a bit in praise to God and who better to do the Job than Eben’s side-kick (as I prefer to call him) Lord E. After two breath-taking praise songs the crowd were on their toes asking for more. I’ve always seen Lord E performing on stage with Eben but tonight afforded me and many others the opportunity to watch him perform his own tracks.

Lord E on stage
Lord E on stage

Next up was Liza C. The beautiful songstress tuned everyone back into the spirit with her touching single “I surrender”. Frankly speaking, I have heard the song a couple of times on air but never knew she was the voice behind it. Beautiful song!

Now it was time for the man the crowd had been waiting for. All the anxiety and expectations had heightened to its zenith. The stage was set and MC Ray did the honours. “Ladies and gentlemen, stand on your feet, put your hands together as we welcome a man that needs no introduction, EBEN!”IMG-20130729-WA059IMG-20130729-WA044

Eben, clad with a wine-cloured suit, mounted the stage and kicked things off. He performed various tracks from his newly released “Justified” album. I particularly loved the track “Supernatural life” which sent the crowd jumping up and down, reminiscent of a typical Darlene Zschech hilllsong conert in Australia. Then he sang his signature track “Imaranma Papa”. At this point, I really wished I could put down my camera and flow with the crowd. The things I do to get you guys all the good gist eh! Hmmmmm.EbenIMG-20130729-WA005

Next up, eben slowed the tempo a little bit and delved into worship. Unrestrained and raw worship. Guys, I mean it when I say this that I had never seen this side of Eben before. We’re all used to the regular jumping and swag but suddenly the atmosphere changed when Eben sang “You alone art worthy”. IMG-20130729-WA025This particular track had been on the airwaves for a while but it was so full of the annointing when I heard it live. Next was the song “Jesus how I love you” and the atmosphere was thick with God’s awesome presence. People were practically “slain” in the spirit. Its not every day you attend a gospel concert and see people fall on their knees, weeping uncontrollably. Again, I really wished I could just stop covering the event and fall on my knees. I mean, folks were weeping and wailing…..IMG-20130729-WA010IMG-20130729-WA020 IMG-20130729-WA019IMG-20130729-WA003. At this point I looked at Eben and he was in tears, uncontrollably weeping under the power of the Holy Spirit on stage. This isn’t normal, this is God! That’s how you know a true worshiper. He’s not afraid nor ashamed to express emotions in worship to God.IMG-20130729-WA031

Guys, I don’t know if you’ve ever been there, where you just forget yourself, cast your burdens, mess up your make-up, roll on the floor and just let the tears flow…….under extravagant worship. This was it. Nothing else mattered.

....even Lord E couldn't help it
….even Lord E couldn’t help it

With tears, Eben spoke about the need for God to be truly worshiped and how gospel music should be genuine and not commercialized. He also spoke some deep truths which I just had to write down. I was struck when he said “No matter how long God lives with u, he is not a family member until you receive him” while I was still pondering on that, he said again” The quality of your spirit is d quality of your life”.IMG-20130729-WA013 Then he continued in worship with the song “You are more than life to me, how great are you Lord….so great” One by one, the worship songs kept coming. “Onye Nwem” and “Your grace” sent the crowd into more worship. The concentration of the power and annointing of God was so overwhelming. It was one of those worship moments you wish will just go on and on.

Well, the session had to end, at least for the audience to catch their breath and return to earth. Eben then introduced his long time friend Dominion who charged the audience to remain steadfast.IMG-20130729-WA000

Next up was Jahdiel. She started with a beautiful rendition of “My redeemer lives” that would have even made Nicole Mullen jealous. Lolll.

Jahdiel
Jahdiel

Then she showed the crowd that she is very much in touch with her native side with the song “Obulu Jesú”. Next up…..you guessed it ” This one na my heritage, this one na my culture, this one na my tradition, I go follow Jesus….” All she had to do was introduce her hit song and the crowd literarily sang the rest of the song for her.

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Now it was time to wrap up the concert and Eben returns on the stage with fire in his eyes. It was time to release some energy! and this time, he did it with some help from the Rock Image choir.

The Rock Image
The Rock Image

The instrumentalists were ready…………………

IMG-20130729-WA056 IMG-20130729-WA027…..and it was time! He performed track 4 on the album “forever” and expectedly the crowd went ecstatic. If you thought the worship earlier was awesome, you definitely needed to be in the house now.

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it was gradually drawing towards evening now and the party was just about to start !IMG-20130703-00361 (640x480)

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With that done, Eben was about to pull the curtains on the concert but not before the song everyone including yours truly, had been waiting for. It was time to go “All the way!”.IMG-20130728-00440 (640x480)IMG-20130728-00428 (640x480)

This time, Eben had to pull his suit.  Frankly, this was the moment I had been waiting for. The atmosphere was charged as he sang “All the way”. IMG-20130728-00445 (640x480)At this point, it was no holds barred as the crowd came up front to the stage to dance and dance and dance and really dance. It was a full blown party now as everyone including young, old, man, woman, children all danced to the song and with that the concert finally came to an end. Now, I’ll just get out of your way and allow you to enjoy the pictures…..IMG-20130728-00445 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00451 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00438 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00449 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00436 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00459 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00462 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00465 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00454 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00453 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00432 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00430 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00429 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00427 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00441 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00433 (640x480) IMG-20130728-00424 (640x480)

IMG-20130728-00466 (640x480)I just hope I did justice to this post for those of ya’ll who missed it especially my Mama, Pastor M, but believe me, you just had to be there. A big congrats to Eben for a successful concert. Indeed, he went “All the way”.

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Congrats Eben, You just had your day!

IMG-20130728-00425 (640x480) ….and when it was all over, Eben tweets……Screen_20130804_06233Do make sure your grab a copy of the 15- track Justified album and relive the experience.Lagos-20130728-01053

Special thanks to Funke for acting as my “special assistant” during the concert  and Happy married life in advance dear.IMG-20130728-00471 (640x480)

NEXT UP on JMBlog…..
What’s all this row about fashola “deporting” people here and there. I’ll share my view on this.

Then, I’ll tell you about MK’s concert “Sound of Heaven” and why you can’t afford to miss it.mk dpmkk

Thats all for now guys. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stay tuned for more. Remember, “Every man will have his day”

Johnson Madichie is an Inspirational blogger based in Lagos, Nigeria and affects the world from there.

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13 thoughts on “The “Worshipper” in Eben. Details and Photos of his “All the Way” concert

    pastormildred said:
    August 4, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Awwww….. thanks so much. Been waiting for this. Great job. I really feel like I was there. I know I missed but I guess I can now act like I was there too. Hehehehe

      Johnson Ifeanyi Madichie responded:
      August 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      Yayyyyyy!. Thanks Mama. You might wanna refresh and read again. Just added some new pics at the beginning. I know its about 6:40pm over there, meaning its way past midnight here in Lagos so pls permit me to hug my bed. *big smile*

    Water Walker said:
    August 5, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I just re-lived the all the way concert again! Felt like I was present in the hall through my read! Wow!!!

    Great job Johnson!

    Agbani Oghenevbaire Jessica said:
    August 5, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Gud one Jay,now I understand why u wea up and down during the concert….@mama we sure missed u but glad Jay has fed u with wat we enjoyed…..can’t wait for sound of heaven,mk’s concert cuz its gonna be wow…..contact me for ur tickets,its just 1k 07067424581 or meet Jay….lol

    esosa said:
    August 5, 2013 at 8:11 am

    wow! Johnson dis is nice,u did a great job.thanks a bunch

    emma benson said:
    August 5, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Well done sir and may the sure mercies of David rest on you

      Johnson Ifeanyi Madichie responded:
      August 5, 2013 at 9:05 am

      THanks Emma. I really appreciate. Hmmmm, not sure about mercies of David sha. I think I prefer Jesus’s mercies. Lollll

    sisiblu said:
    August 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Streamed it live!! Exactly as you described minus the usual internet buffering!!

    God Bless you!

    Ogbale isaac said:
    August 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Wow!!! Eben’s concert was da bomb am am I was there n believe am already looking forward to MK’s. Good job broe

    E' said:
    August 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I literally just walked in, with Eben’s all the way playing and I was biting my hand wishing I was there to rock that song (I swear I have my killer dance steps for All the way), then I walk into my room and see my ticket still at the window and I felt a bit ‘badder’ and I pick up my phone and see this PM update.
    Wowzerz…
    Oh my!!!
    Feels like I was there…
    But I know that’s nothing compared to what truly went down…
    Thank you… This helps. A lot. Na to buy the dvd remain… I hope I have your permission to reblog…?
    ;;)
    We gast whet apetite for SOUND OF HEAVEN…
    Great job Madiche
    E’

    E' said:
    August 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Reblogged this on The Fab sister's Blog and commented:
    Oh my….
    I missed Eben’s All the Way Concert and I was just waiting jejely to buy the DVD when tz out…. but Johnaob here did an incredible job capturing the event in words and pictures. ..
    I feel like I was there. But I know this is just a shadow of what really went down….
    I missed one. . I won’t miss the next.
    Which is next? Did you ask? MK250813
    🙂
    I’ll be back with deets but first enjoy this one…

    E'mic said:
    July 17, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    If there is a nigerian gosple artist am working up to meet, it’s EBEN

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