By CHRISTY ANYANWU
Steve Crown Okolo’s hit song You Are Great, is one most Pentecostal Christians know. He hails from Benue State but based in Abuja. He started professionally two years ago but this first album has brought him huge fame. Okolo also though he also owns Lake Light Entertainment record label. Last weekend, he performed at the 70th birthday ceremony of Mrs. Augustina Nwanegbo and later spoke with Sunday Sun about his firsts.
I have held a concert in my church and during my video launch and they went well. I brought my other gospel colleagues and we just had a beautiful time together. But the major one for me is Nations to Rise and Sing, which will hold on 2nd October. The event is therapeutic. It’s more than a concert. It’s about coming together and giving God glory for who He is. I’ve learnt from my mentors that when prayers don’t work, you worship and praise. When you praise and worship from your heart, it gets God’s attention and you are next in line for breakthrough. It’s running in Abuja first and we are taking it to other parts of the country.
It’s just six tracks consisting: I will wait on you; You are great; Imela; Ejiro; Sunanza and Egbe Jesu gaa. I just want to reach out to a lot of people in different languages. I hope to sing in Spanish and French someday, because my goal is just to preach God’s love to the people and let them know about His sovereignty. When I came out with my first album, people thought I wasn’t Nigerian, because my lyrics are quite deep.
First day on stage
I wasn’t really shy per se and it’s because since I was a kid, I have been doing it. It’s just that I have not really done some serious world stage stuff. I have been ministering in crusades right from childhood. A lot of people couldn’t see me and sometimes protocols would carry me up. Nobody even knew I would go this far.
First performance outside Nigeria
The reception was beautiful and I thank God for His grace. It’s just by His mercy. I have ministered in some parts of Africa, Europe and also taking it to other parts of the world.
It was fun for me. I developed passion for what I was doing already but though I was practicing after the audio came out, I had to show some charisma and all that. Everything went fine.
I would not talk about that hitherto (smiles) I thank God I’m mobile now. Let’s leave it that way.
First income as music minister
I thank God my first income was good and I sowed it to God. I’m not going to talk about it. Everybody has bought whistle (laughs).