Photos: EeZee Conceptz Hosts Gospel Online Media At New Record Label Facility In Lagos

 

Christian Record label and management company EeZee Conceptz observed an online media meet at their new ultra-modern facility at Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos on the 13th of February, 2019.

The aim of the meet is to foster and strengthen the relationship between the online media and the company which recently opened its Lagos’ arm and will be making some announcements soon. Also in the spirit of the Valentine season, the President of EeZee Conceptz, Mr. Ezekiel ThankGod aka EeZee Tee chose to express love to the online media community in appreciation of the past efforts.

Present at the online media meet include CEOs and representatives from Christian online media platforms, including Mr. Victor Igbinigie of GospoGrooveMr. Anu Okunuga of Amen Radio, Mr. Emmanuel Oyez of Gospel NaijaScott Oluwole Nelson of GMusicPlus, Mark Ogbeni of Xclusive Gospel, Gospel artiste and Production Manager for Praiseworld RadioSamuel O. Imo aka Limoblaze, Amachree Superstar representing Worship Culture Radio and Alex Amos of SelahAfrik.

Issues were raised and resolved as solutions were proffered to the challenges of a strong relationship between Gospel artistes and the online media. The President also took the team on a tour of the facility including the ultra-modern studio.

EeZee Conceptz is the record label behind the success story of Mercy Chinwo. Also, EeZee Tee is also the manager behind artistes such as Frank Edwards, Preye Odede and others.

Oluwasheun Gears Up For Brand New Single Stuns in New Photos!


Ademokun Oluwaseun popularly known as Oluwasheun is set to release a soulful worship song which titled IN THIS PLACE  which is inspired by the sweetness that comes with worship.

 “In this Place”. The audio would be available online for download officially on the 1st of February 2018. Anticipate!

In preparation for this, she releases new photos
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It’s Now Illegal to Evangelize in Nepal – Veronica Neffinger

It’s Now Illegal to Evangelize in Nepal

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Nepal’s president recently signed into law a bill making evangelism and conversion to another religion a punishable offense in the country.

According to The Christian Post, Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari signed into law legislation that makes evangelism and religious conversion punishable by up to five years in prison.

Bhandari reportedly signed the legislation on Oct. 16. Nepalese lawmakers initially passed bills against evangelism and conversion back in August.

Religious leaders in Nepal have decried the new law and said it is a step backwards for religious freedom.

“We are deeply saddened that this bill is now law,” said Pastor Tanka Subedi, the founding member and chair of Dharmik Chautari Nepal and Religious Liberty Forum Nepal. “Our appeals to the president and other policy makers to amend this have been ignored. Nepali government have taken a regressive step as this law severely restricts our freedom of expression and our freedom of religion or belief.”

 

Written by: Veronica Neffinger

More and More Millennials are Turning to Witchcraft in Place of Religion – Veronica Neffinger

More and More Millennials are Turning to Witchcraft in Place of Religion

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Research and studies are showing that more Americans are interested in spirituality, but are less interested in organized religion. This trend is especially true for millennials.

According to a report from MarketWatch.com, interest in spirituality, astrology, and witchcraft is soaring among millennials. One study has even shown that over half of young adults in the U.S. believe astrology is a science. The psychic services industry, which involves things such as tarot card reading, palm reading, mediums, and astrology has also grown by two percent in the four years between 2011 and 2016 to be a $2 billion industry.

Melissa Jayne, the owner of Catland, a “metaphysical boutique” in Brooklyn, New York, said she has seen interest in this types of spirituality increase recently, particularly among millennials. To cater to this uptick in interest, Catland now offers classes such as “Witchcraft 101,” “Astrology 101,” and “Spirit Seance.”

Jayne pinpoints why so many young people are showing an increased interest in this type of connection with the supernatural.

“Whether it be spell-casting, tarot, astrology, meditation and trance, or herbalism, these traditions offer tangible ways for people to enact change in their lives,” she said. “For a generation that grew up in a world of big industry, environmental destruction, large and oppressive governments, and toxic social structures, all of which seem too big to change, this can be incredibly attractive.”

Danielle Ayoka, another individual whose business profits from the trend in witchcraft, astrology, and similar interests, adds that these things have become increasingly mainstream:

“When I started my journey in 2010, I was the weirdo. Now it is becoming more and more normalized, and I believe it is because more people are looking to heal. Millennials are much more open-minded,” she said.

 

Written By: Veronica Neffinger

Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar has Become Full-Scale Genocide – Amanda Casanova

Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar has Become Full-Scale Genocide

 

The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, where thousands of people have fled the killing in the country, is “genocide,” said Azeem Ibrahim, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Policy.

Ibrahim, in a column for CNN, said while the crisis has long been described an “ethnic cleansing,” the situation has turned into genocide.

The United Nation’s 1948 Genocide Convention defines genocide as acts that are committed with “intent to destroy” in the whole or part of a national, ethnical or racial or religious group by killing, causing bodily injury or mental harm, imposing measures to prevent births.

“Though the Rohingya situation has met most of the above criteria for being described as a genocide under international law for a number of years now, the label has been resisted until now because we think of genocide as one huge act of frenzied violence, like the machete insanity in Rwanda or the gas chambers of Nazi Germany,” he said.

Ibrahim says in Myanmar that Buddhist monks are preaching that the Rohingya are reincarnations of snakes and insects and killing them is a sort of “pest control.”

“The duty of any good Buddhist who wants to maintain the national and religious character of Myanmar is to prevent the Islamist takeover, and thus to help remove the threat posed by the ‘vermin,’” he says.

Some 600,000 Rohingya have been driven out of Myanmar because of the violence and persecution.

“More than half of an entire population has been removed from their ancestral lands in just eight weeks,” Ibrahim says.

“Just like we did in Rwanda, just like we did in the Balkans, we are once again seeing a genocide happen before our very eyes,” he added. “And we will do nothing about it. We will bury our heads in the sand, and when our children will ask us why we let this happen we will plead ignorance. Once the final act of killing starts, it is usually too late. For the Rohingya, the final act is in full swing. And still we are in denial about what is happening.”

 

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Amanda Casanova

Port Authorities in Sudan Detain Bible Shipment without Explanation

Port Authorities in Sudan Detain Bible Shipment without Explanation

 

Authorities in Sudan have detained a container of Bibles in Port Sudan without explanation for more than two years, a source said.

A Bible Society in Sudan representative told Morning Star News the container was one of two containing Arabic Bibles detained more than two years ago. The other container was released shortly after appeals to port authorities.

The detained shipments were destined for Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, said the source, who asked to remain unnamed for security reasons. At present the Bible Society in Sudan does not have a single copy of an Arabic Bible available in Khartoum, he said.

Other shipments of Bibles at Port Sudan, on the Red Sea, have also been detained over the past two years, he added.

A church leader said availability of Bibles and Christian literature in the country is increasingly limited.

“There is difficulty in getting Bibles in the country,” he said.

The Bible Society in Sudan representative said a port official in the past week has been more willing to consider releasing the shipment. Sudan links Christianity with the West, and Christian leaders speculated that Sudan may be opening to releasing the shipment as the U.S. administration lifted sanctions on Oct. 12. The sanctions had been in place since 1997 for Sudan’s terrorist ties and human rights violations.

Port officials were unavailable for comment.

Other international Bible providers have also complained of Sudan detaining shipping containers full of Bibles – usually due to corruption, but in some cases also to keep Judeo-Christian scripture out of the country.

Detainment of Bibles in Sudan also took place before 2011, with one shipment held up for nearly four years, the Bible Society source said.

Following the secession of South Sudan in 2011, President Omar al-Bashir vowed to adopt a stricter version of sharia (Islamic law) and recognize only Islamic culture and the Arabic language. Church leaders said Sudanese authorities have demolished or confiscated churches and limited Christian literature on the pretext that most Christians have left the country following South Sudan’s secession.

The Sudanese Minister of Guidance and Endowments announced in April 2013 that no new licenses would be granted for building new churches in Sudan, citing a decrease in the South Sudanese population.

Sudan since 2012 has expelled foreign Christians and bulldozed church buildings on the pretext that they belonged to South Sudanese. Besides raiding Christian bookstores and arresting Christians, authorities threatened to kill South Sudanese Christians who do not leave or cooperate with them in their effort to find other Christians.

Sudan fought a civil war with the south Sudanese from 1983 to 2005, and in June 2011, shortly before the secession of South Sudan the following month, the government began fighting a rebel group in the Nuba Mountains that has its roots in South Sudan.

Due to its treatment of Christians and other human rights violations, Sudan has been designated a Country of Particular Concern by the U.S. State Department since 1999, and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended the country remain on the list in its 2017 report.

Sudan ranked fifth on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2017 World Watch List of countries where Christians face most persecution.

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UN says 2 peacekeepers wounded in Central African Republic

 

The U.N. says two peacekeepers in Central African Republic have been wounded in clashes with mostly Christian anti-Balaka militias who attacked the southern town of Pombolo.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq tells reporters that peacekeepers arrived in Pombolo the previous day to protect civilians in response to widespread violence that has reportedly killed at least 26 people and wounded dozens.

He said Friday that the two wounded were in stable condition and were being taken to Bria for medical treatment. Additional peacekeepers were being deployed to reinforce the U.N. presence in the area.

Central African Republic has been wracked by violence between Muslims and Christians since 2013, when predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew the Christian president and seized power.

MERCY CHINWO SET TO RELEASE TWO SINGLES IN TWO WEEKS! 

We are very excited to bring to you this great piece by Mercy Chinwo.

The next big thing we’ve been anticipating is here.


Mercy has released two songs notable to them being TESTIMONY and IGWE, both released in 2015 and 2017 respectively.

Truely, words can’t quantify the depth of God’s love for US and so our delectable Mercy Chinwo, a dynamic, talented and highly spirited Gospel music sensation in her soothing way beautifies our God in this new mind blowing hit single.


XXL is an acronym for Excess Love and the song is produced by the very versatile Dr Roy of EeZee Productionz.

Keep your fingers crossed as we anticipate the release of this song.


#XcessLove 

#TooMuchLove

#EeZeeProductionz

#SupportGospelMusic

#KingdomBusiness

#ItsAllAboutTheGospel

Boko Haram targets Christian town and fishing village in latest attacks

Police officers stand guard in front of the burnt-out remains of buildings in the village of Konduga, Nigeria, on February 12, 2014.

 

According to CNN Dozens of residents in northeastern Nigeria have been killed in two separate attacks launched by Boko Haram Islamists, according to officials and residents.

Scored of Islamist insurgents dressed in military uniforms stormed the Christian farming village of Izghe, in Borno state, late Saturday and opened sporadic fire on residents, killing at least 106 people in an attack specifically targeted at male residents.

The gunmen, who arrived in the village riding in trucks and on several motorcycles, opened fire and hacked male residents they had assembled in the village square. They moved door to door in search of male residents who were hiding.

The attack prompted an exodus of hundreds of panic-stricken residents of nearby villages to the neighboring Madagali district in Adamawa state.

“We suspect that the gunmen were members of Boko Haram. They have taken over the village,” said Madagali local government chairman, Maina Ularamu..

The attackers looted businesses and food stores “and loaded all their spoils into vehicles owned by residents and fled into the bush,” said Ularamu.

A survivor of the attack, farmer Barnabas Idi, said he scaled the fence of his house and crawled for about 40 minutes to safety. Idi said that security agents were not present during the attack.

In the second attack early Saturday, suspected Boko Haram gunmen opened fire on Doron Baga, a fishing village along Lake Chad.

“They opened fire from all directions, forcing residents to jump into the lake in a bid to escape, and many drowned while others were gunned down,” said Babagana Gwoni, a survivor of the attack.

The gunmen looted fish and foodstuffs before setting houses on fire, Gwoni said.

Lt. Col. Mohammed Dole, a military spokesman, confirmed the Doron Baga attack but declined to give details.

“We received report of the attack on Doron Baga, but we don’t have details because the area falls under the operational jurisdiction of the Multinational Joint Task Force,” Dole said.

The Multinational Joint task Force comprises troops from Nigeria, Niger and Chad and was set up in 1998 primarily to fight light weapons proliferation. Its mandate has been expanded to include combating the Boko Haram insurgency.

 

In Thailand, US Evangelicals Work to End Prostitution

A small delicate silver cross hangs around Mint’s neck, a charm she reaches for nervously from time to time as she speaks.

Mint is her nickname, an Anglicized version of the long Thai name she was given and would rather not make public. As a former prostitute, the 24-year-old is concerned about bringing shame to her family, though she says everyone in her village in the northeastern province of Issan  — a poor agricultural region along the border with Cambodia and Laos — would assume, or simply know, she had to be doing sex work to send money back home.

Everyone in Bangkok knows how it works. Many of the countless massage parlors, go-go bars, and karaoke joints peppered throughout the city are frequently thinly veiled fronts for prostitution. Heavily made-up girls hang around in the periphery of joints catering to Western tourists. Most of the Asian customers, including Thai men, head to brothels and bars elsewhere, away from the sex tourism districts.

Sex work is such big business in Thailand that the International Labor Organization estimates, conservatively, that it generates 7 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. An ILO report from the late 1990s says sex workers sent home $300 million a year to rural areas, “more than any government development project.”

Not all sex work is done willingly, and some would argue that prostitution is by its very nature exploitative, as well as a driving factor for human trafficking — the sale, transport and profit from human beings who are forced to work for others, often referred to as the modern equivalent of slavery.

Thailand is struggling to curb trafficking amid international pressure and dozens of American groups, many of them evangelical, have entered the country in recent years to fight the issue, with the blessing of U.S. foreign policy.

Yet Mint resists the conflation of sex work with trafficking. She now has a steady job with NightLight International, the anti-trafficking organization that got her off the streets.

“I wasn’t tricked into this — not into prostitution, nor into a Christian life,” Mint says. “I entered sex work by choice, but that doesn’t mean it was an easy choice.”

Evangelicals step in

The motto for NightLight International is emblazoned on its website: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned” (Isaiah 9:2).

And the oppressed, as far as Nightlight founder Annie Dieselberg is concerned, are women exploited by the sex industry, along with children, or at high risk for such exploitation, she says.

Dieselberg founded NightLight in 2005 after almost a decade of missionary work in Thailand with her husband, a pastor who had been assigned to an evangelical church in Bangkok. What Dieselberg enjoys doing most, she says, is rescuing women. She roams the streets at night, searching for those who may need a way out of prostitution — the “survivors,” as she calls them.

Mint came by way of a friend of Dieselberg’s. A fellow evangelical found her working a corner many nights and referred her to NightLight. Some women arrive there after one-on-one conversations on the streets; other organizations, including the police, fight sex trafficking by storming brothels in search of underage sex workers.

NightLight employs 50 women, paying them around $250 a month to make crafts and jewelry. The salaries are above Thailand’s minimum wage, and the organization provides medical insurance and a savings plan, as well as a small child care center.

Most of the women at NightLight’s four-story building, just blocks from Bangkok’s infamous Nana Plaza sex district, are younger than 30, and come from Thailand, Burma and Laos.

Mint comes here to work on a part-time basis assembling jewelry. She has found a community here, a sense of belonging she didn’t have before.

“Now I can do good work that will not hurt my body,” she says. “I don’t have to fight all the time.”

This goal of individual human dignity is what drives so many U.S. evangelicals to fight sex trafficking, said Brie Loskota, managing director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California.

“It is a moving idea, for just about anyone, but particularly in the evangelical world,” she explains. “The fact that they come together in a way that is non-shaming for the victims, is a remarkable testament for how evangelicals are being smart in this movement.”

Combating sex trafficking

More than a decade ago, the U.S. Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act established a set of legal tools to combat trafficking nationwide and around the world.

To help Thailand, the U.S. government awarded almost $12 million in funding to nongovernmental organizations in East Asia that run anti-trafficking programs in 2010; about one-sixth of that went to faith-based organizations.

”We work closely with many of them, and they give us tips on who the trafficking victims are and where they might be,” said Saowanee Khomepatr, director of Thailand’s Bureau of Anti-trafficking in Women and Children, part of the Ministry of Social Development.

But this summer, the latest U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report found the Thai government was not fully complying with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.

That means possible U.S. trade sanctions if the Thai government can’t prove by the end of 2014 that more trafficking victims are being helped, or that more traffickers are ending up behind bars.

But not everyone agrees that sex trafficking is the highest priority. Some critics argue that in an effort to fight trafficking, the U.S. is clamping down on prostitution worldwide while overlooking other kinds of human trafficking.

“There are other places to focus on, like children, or people who are exploited in the factories who cannot leave, or the fishing boats,” said criminologist Sam Derbali, a Belgian researcher at Mahidol University in Bangkok. “There are thousands of fishing boats in Thailand, and nobody knows what happens there.”

According to the ILO, an estimated 75 percent of people trafficked around the world at any point in time do not end up as sex workers, but in fishing, farming, domestic work, or construction industries.

Alternative solutions

Rescuing sex workers, it turns out, is difficult and often unsuccessful. One alternative can be found in the northern city of Chiang Mai.

The Can Do bar, located on Chiang Mai’s sex district strip, looks like an old punk rock joint: It isn’t very clean, and the walls are covered with graffiti.

But workers here are paid at or above the Thai minimum wage, and receive training on a range of skills, from how to practice safe sex, to tips on how to manage difficult or violent situations that may arise.

Mai, a 28-year-old woman from Burma, is a sex worker affiliated with Can Do. Without makeup, and dressed in a simple black T-shirt and jeans, she looks nothing like the young women roaming Bangkok’s sex tourism districts. Before landing here, she had worked as a maid, dishwasher, baker, farmer, and street food vendor. And, she claims, she is in sex work for the long haul.

“Each job has its good points and its bad points, but when I came to do sex work, I realized this is a job that gives me enough income to really look after my family,” says Mai.

She insists no one forced her to do this: “My friends were the ones that told me about the money to be made in sex work.”

One of those friends, Mai says, was picked up in a police raid at a Chiang Mai brothel a couple of years ago. She has since gone right back into prostitution.

But while the Can Do bar tries to treat sex workers fairly and gives them part ownership of the business, NightLight’s Dieselberg is convinced most women would rather quit prostitution if they are offered a decent-paying alternative.

“We usually have a waiting list of women wanting to come work at NightLight,” Dieselberg says. And that tells her women aren’t so eager to sell their bodies on the streets.

According to NightLight, 160 Thai women and 45 women from other countries have come through the organization since its founding in 2005. There’s no way to know if any of these women have gone back to prostitution.

“We could do much more but the financial and human resources needed are so high and we are limited in how much we can help,” she says.

Mint, for one, is grateful for NightLight’s help and has no desire to go back on the streets.

“There may be some women out there who say they feel fulfilled when they find a foreign boyfriend or a man who gives them money for sex,” says Mint. “But we don’t really know their full story, like what they had to endure, what they’ve been through.”

For two years, she has been making jewelry and crafts at NightLight and during that time, she says, she has developed new skills that will keep her from having to earn a living as a prostitute.

Someday, when she has enough savings and business know-how, she plans on starting her own crafts store in Bangkok.

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