Hymnodia, the fast-growing triple-E (entertainment, education and edification) reality programme created around hymns and worship, has expanded its viewing television channels as the grand finale draws near.
The new viewing channels include GITV, Kaduna; Anambra Broadcasting Service, Onitsha; Ondo State Radio/TV, Akure; and ITV, Abuja. Others are Cross River TV, Calabar; Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation (AKBC); Kwara TV, Ilorin; and Plateau Radio TV, Jos. The programme will be broadcast on these stations every Thursday and Sunday at different times.
Speaking on the new development, Kufre Ekanem, Managing Director of Philosoville Limited, initiator of Hymnodia, said the move is to ensure that the triple-E impact of programme, which is aimed at reviving the hymn culture is given wider coverage for its benefits to be simultaneous across more locations in Nigeria.
He affirmed that the existing channels have taken the initiative far, thereby eliciting calls from other locations to expand the reach with more TV stations for Hymnodia to be incorporated into their programming, being the first indigenous reality show that redefines the critical element of what cohesive societies require.
Hymnodia, a one-hour programme, had been running every Sunday on Lagos Television (Channel 256 on DSTV, Channel 90 on GOtv and Channel 118 on Startimes) with a magazine show on same channels on Thursday evening. It is also streamed live online via the LTV App available on the app store and on the dedicated YouTube channel, Hymnodiahq.
This week’s (Stanza 9) episode of the show had hymns rendered in Pidgin English. Hymns performed included Na Me Be Bread of Life, Shawa of Blessings Go Full Ground, Ten Tauzand Angels, Jesus Must Hear Me, and Hail My Jesus. Others were E dey Alive, Dis Na My Yarn o, No waka Pass Me, and Who E be.
Abigael Nnadi and Olumide Dada were adjudged the top two performers for Stanza 9 in what the judges described as a very tight contest. The hymntestants on probation for the stanza are Blessing Agu, Mobolanle Oladimeji, Uduakobong Akpan and Juliet Nwabia.
Elimination on Hymnodia is by public votes and the process is audited by the reputable firm of Gbenga Badejo & Co. Other hymntestants still remaining in the hunt for the ASAPH are Kenneth Ekhuemelo, Jemine Edukugho and Rachael Darley.
Hymnodia will climax on April 24, 2019 at a grand finale at the MUSON Centre, Lagos with the winner clinching the Asaph (a specially designed award named after David’s chief musician), a brand-new car and N5 million.