The 5th of December 2014  was a Friday but it was a Friday like none other, even the metropolitan city of Lagos felt the difference. If you couldn’t feel it in the air, you could definitely see it in the traffic jam all over the city as all roads led to  the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) for the 9th edition of the Experience Lagos. 

The Midnight Crew
The Experience is an annual interdenominational gospel concert that has grown in the last 9 years to become not just  Africa’s biggest music concert but one of the largest music concerts in the world. 

Pastor Paul Adefarasin dancing at the event
Disclosing one of the reasons for the theme, 1 God 1 Voice; the host of The Experience Lagos and Founder of the House on The Rock church, Pastor Paul Adefarasin stated that the land of Nigeria is crying for justice and peace especially as the 2015 election is around the corner. He added that the event will serve as a time where people all over the globe will cry out to one true God with one voice in petition.  

Sammie Okposo and the LMGC
Pastor Ifeanyi Adefarasin

(c) The Experience Lagos
The Lagos Metropolitan Gospel Choir (LMGC) opened the event alongside Sammie Okposo, and thereafter came ministrations from Freke Umoh, Onos Ariyo and Midnight Crew. 
Lagos state First Lady, Dame Abimbola Fashola; Lady Maiden Ibru and others at the event
Chioma Jesus got the audience on their feet singing and dancing
Popular comedian, Akpororo was on a mission to crack ribs and he sure succeeded!
The Godfather of Worship: Don Moen

Israel Houghton got the entire TBS lit up!

Sinach was on another level
Dialing The Experience? Comedians Yaw and MC Abbey
There were also moments of prayers for Nigeria, the nation’s economy and other state matters led by several Christian leaders such as Pastor Taiwo Odukoya of the Fountain of Life Church, Rev Sam Adeyemi of the Daystar Christian Centre, Bishops Mike and Peace Okonkwo of the TREM church, amongst others intermittently .

Onos Ariyo gave a fantastic performance

One of the notable moments of the Experience 2014 was Nathaniel Bassey. Micah Stampley surprised the delighted audience when he joined the trumpet playing artiste on stage for a rendition of his popular song, Imela. Not long after, Grammy award winning singer, Donnie McClurkin joined the duo into what became an awesome trio as the Americans belted out Imelalike it was sang in their native language. 

Nathaniel Bassey, Micah Stampley and Donnie McClurkin

Micah Stampley

Comedian, Okey Bakassi and Friend
Nollywood star actress, Stephanie Okereke and husband, Linus Idahosa. behind them are fellow actresses, Linda Ejiofor and Lilian Esoro
This year’s event witnessed over 700,000 men, women and children who came en masse. Notable figures who attended the Experience 2014 included Lagos state gubernatorial aspirants Jimi Agbaje and Musiliu Obanikoro ,The First Lady of Lagos state, Dame Abimbola Fashola, fmr. Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode, Prof. Pat Utomi; Publisher of Guardian Newspapers , Lady Maiden Ibru; Actors, Musicians, various bank MDs and more. 
Credit: some photos were courtesy of The Experience Lagos team. For more on The Experience, visit and register to be a part of the bubbling hub and community The Experience Portal 

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