Amaka Okwuoha or as you know her, Chioma Jesus, has been named the highest paid gospel artiste for 2015 by Penparazzi group of investigative journalists. Chioma Jesus apart from singing in Igbo language has collaborated with other gospel stars like Samsong and Nathaniel Bassey. One of such splendid output is ‘Jehovah Shammah’.
Even though she is from the south-eastern Nigeria Igbo tribe, did you know that the first song she ever released was written in the Yoruba language?
With over 19 years’ experience as a singer, she started getting noticed through her album entitled Chioma Jesus’ in 2003. She came into the limelight after being nominated during the 2010 Delta Yadah Awards, a gospel music award which takes place annually in Asaba, Delta state. She eventually won at the 2011 and 2012 editions of the gospel award.
Her most popular song titled “Praise” was released in 2011 and earned her top place on the Nigerian Gospel Music Charts.
At the age of 9, she was already singing in her local church choir. Her music ministry blossomed during her days at The Scripture Union (SU) Fellowship where she served as a minor chorus leader and sang without the use of musical accomplishments or instruments. Her pastor at the time encouraged her to develop her talent and helped in enrolling her at the College of Music.
In an interview that was granted not too long ago, she mentioned how she used to be a trader, dealing in food stuffs. She also mentioned how she would trek to and fro the venue of the ministration for the day.
She is married to Evangelist Callistus Okwuoha, also a pastor; they met in 1992 at the Scripture Union and together they are blessed with 3 children.
Chioma Jesus apart from being a musician, is a pastor in South Nigeria. She is the founder of the Inheritance of Mercy Foundation in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
At her first time at The Experience Lagos in 2014, guests were immensely blessed and you could see worshippers getting their grooves on as she ministered. So many people were expectant of her ministration at the 10th edition of The Experience which held at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan Lagos on December 4, 2015. She didn’t disappoint. Though there was a short power outage at the TBS venue for about 20 minutes, when she came on stage, the venue was electrifying again and she was the last minister to perform on the day.
Even people who do not know how to speak Igbo language were seen to be dancing excitedly in praise to God at 4 in the morning at the event which started at 7pm the day before.
Chioma Jesus and her unique lyrics are becoming more known not only in Nigeria but across Africa.
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