Happy New Year 2018

It has taken almost all of January to get the inspiration to write anything on this blog as it has taken almost the same period to get going in the year. January funk is real guys, God help us.

I feel like I should share a snippet of what I have learnt in church over the past few weeks.

So, this year has been declared the “year of rest” in my church and the title verse is:

Exodus 33:14

And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” 

And over the past few weeks, the pastor has been going through theme in order to link it to the our branch vision for the year “Pursuit of Holiness”. We have learnt that for us to have our rest, we must have the presence of God and in order for that to happen, we must intentionally pursue holiness.

We have also learnt that the rest does not mean that we do not work or we become lazy. We have for to work for the things of God, intentionally seek God and actively carry His presence every where we go.

The Clarification

This is Praise Central Blog started by a young guy hoping to promote authentic UK gospel music to my peers, whom I fear have being left behind because secular music is just too popular and they don’t often get to experience the amazing talents that exist in the UK gospel music scene. I felt it was time to provide real alternative to music sites that promote music that do not necessarily resonate with their professed faith.

On the other hand, we have many talented young musicians in the UK that started from the church, but because one reason or the other have decided to branch out in order to make a career out of music. It is time to show them that you can do gospel music in the UK and be successful. Lets not be discouraged, lets keep pushing and continue to do the work of God by using our God given talents for God.

Praise Central or Praize Central (Full Disclosure)

Whilst I attend a branch of KICC church and often post KICC events on this blog and its associated social media platforms; this blog, Praise Central has nothing  to do with the gospel music show on KICC TV called Praize Central. The show is anchored by gospel artiste, Wole Awolola.

There has been some understandable confusion in the past few months, I have gotten 1 or 2 enquiries about music placements on the KICC TV show. Let me be clear, I have no connection to KICC TV and so I am not in a position to get you music placement (one day maybe). I however promise to promote your music as much as I can.

The Clout

On social media, I have a minimal level of following, this is one of the many reasons why I hesitated to continue (I opened Praise Central in early 2016). I am not the best writer by a long shot ( I am mildly sure that there will be some typos or grammatical errors in this post), but this is my shot to promote music that glorifies God in the age that seems so apathetic towards such.

I will work this year to continue to engage UK gospel artists and connect them with as many young people as God gives me the power to reach.

I hope to be your GMP, a gospel(UK) music plug.

This year is my year of rest and I will walk in pursuit of holiness to have the presence of God and ultimately the uncommon rest. I will work towards making Praise Central something that you the early adopters can be proud of, and more importantly something that glorifies our Almighty God.

Have a blessed week.

Jeremiah Akanji


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