The 13th edition of the annual The Experience concert at the Tafawa Balewa Square, in the heart of Lagos Island, was just as amazing as the previous 12 editions, Christians from all over Nigeria coming together for a massive night of praise and worship.
Those unable to watch live from TBS also got the opportunity to watch a livestream on DSTV channel 198 and YouTube. The official hashtags #TheExperience13 and #TE13 also trended on social media, attendees sharing their worship live with people unable to watch.
Missed it? You can watch live recordings here. We’ve also compiled the highlights of the night. Check them out:
Pastor Paul Adefarasin demanding good leadership in Nigeria
Pastor Paul Adefarasin, the convener of The Experience event, did what pastors rarely do in this part of the world: call out politicians for their lacklustre leadership.
Although a lot of politicians were seated in the audience, including the Lagos State governorship candidates for the 2019 elections Jimi Agabaje and Babajide Sanwo-olu, the pastor, introduced to the stage by his wife, Ifeanyi Adefarasin, asked that Nigerians demand better leadership from their leader. He dropped lines like: “We value thieves instead of prosecuting them,” “When you go to the polling booths, vote for your values.” See what social media users had to say:
— Tony (@TonyUchendu) December 8, 2018
Love what Paul Adefarasin is doing with a platform such as this…not only speaking truth to power, but also helping to engineer an ideal which a people should follow.
— Adé Rafiki (@i_FIX_you) December 8, 2018
Whenever you benefit from the crime in this Nation you impair our growth (Word)
Pst Paul Adefarasin ? #TheExperience13
— Dede Prince Charles ?? (@CharleyMufasa) December 8, 2018
— Odds the beat?? Noni ? (@DjHowlbert) December 8, 2018
Watching Tope Alabi’s praise session is always an experience. The way she manipulates the Yoruba language, creating new words to praise God is awe-inspiring. Even social media users had to testify that watching her perform moved their souls. And it didn’t hurt that her gele was 100!
OLUWA E TO BI????????♀️. Mama TOPE ALABI IS A CARRIER OF GOD’S PRESENCE ABEG. You don’t even have to understand what’s she saying but you can feel Gods presence #TheExperience13 pic.twitter.com/qCsFRnlTvo
— Divinefavour Egwu (@divyskales) December 7, 2018
Tope Alabi is another level of celestial realm…. Like the words she uses to describe God be like both of them do closed door meeting #TheExperience13
— Not A Snack… (@EnigmaQueen_) December 7, 2018
Tope Alabi's lyrics are so deep – like bottomless-deep. Such inspiration.
She said we dare not even say 2 God "may the crown live long on the King" cos we don't know when he got that crown or what the crown looks like. Just think of God's unsearchable greatness!#TheExperience13
— Yemi Tula (@yemitula) December 7, 2018
— Ivan Dougan (@ivanlotti) December 7, 2018
The “Nara” singer opened the show last night, and, of course, it was a grand opening, with a marching band and a group of dancers. And even better was that later in the night, he joined Travis Greene on stage to perform “Nara” with him. See what everyone had to say:
— DunRichy (@dunrichesq) December 7, 2018
— Esan Atinuke (@EsanAtinuke92) December 7, 2018
Tim Godfrey’s testimony is Wow!!!!! #TE13
— dami (@dammy101) December 7, 2018
I like Tim Godfrey's style. He picks the easiest Nigerian christian songs and adds a lot of guitar riffs and drum solos and voila! concert don set.#TheExperience13
— Alawode Abisola (@Abisolathegreat) December 7, 2018
Tim Godfrey the best entertainer #TheExperience13
— Joseph ?? (@___jhozz) December 7, 2018
Tim Godfrey's back up singer's are legit street #TheExperience13
— Kƛsнoρ℮. Jnr (@pharkars) December 7, 2018
People had asked why Timi Dakolo was performing in The Experience 13 when he isn’t a gospel singer, and his performance was sufficient as an answer.
The singer gave a patriotic performance, complete with repelled colonisers and a multitude of Nigerian tribes and the Nigerian flag. He performed a song titled “Great Nation,” which so many have said needs to be our new National Anthem, the song is that powerful.
If I become President, the first thing I'm doing is to change that boring, bland National anthem and replaced it with Timi Dakolo's Great Nation .
— OLU LOCO (@tope414) December 8, 2018
This Timi Dakolo ‘Great Nation’ should be our National anthem. #TheExperience13
— Ebuka Akara (@ebuka_akara) December 8, 2018
This Timi Dakolo song at #TheExperience13 is giving me hope that our dry bone can rise again
— CityOfZion in Canada (@david_ohde) December 8, 2018
Every year, Chioma Jesus comes along to blow our minds with her worship songs and the fast-paced style of the unique “Aba” sound, Chioma Jesus’ ministration was loved by everyone. Her headgear, too, was beautiful.
— Shola Ajisegbede (@sniper_ajix) December 8, 2018
— Enigmatic Psalmist ? (@HenryAyanfe) December 8, 2018
Chioma Jesus was it for me; that woman was in another planet. My first time at #TE13, it was a bomb. The crowd n energy ehhh..
— Emmanuel Ufuah (@EmmanuelUfuah) December 8, 2018