Plateau Government urged to support gospel artistes

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Plateau state Government has been urged to support gospel artists to boost their performance in the State.

The Chief Executive Officer, Amarita Records in Jos, Mrs Amaka Odiga, made the call in an interview with Journalists, in Jos, the State capital.

According to her, the major challenge of many artists is finance.

“Many of these artists have all it takes but lack the financial support.

“Jos is the hub of entertainment in Nigeria.

“Most of these artists that are out there today, somehow have a connection with Plateau,’’ she said.

Odiga said that while many of the gospel artists were looking for support, people would rather sponsor secular music artists.

She said the marketing and business of gospel music in Jos was also a challenge as there were no platforms to support them in the State.

On the issue of gender in the industry, the artist said that she had never been gender shy as she had what it took to carve out a niche for herself in the music industry at any time.

“Everyone is struggling to make things work, somehow.

“Some have given up on their dreams while the society is also contributing to the challenge, especially piracy.

“But we need courage and faith in God to hold on firmly,’’ she said.

Odiga said that she was strictly into gospel music and that was why “it is necessary for the church to support it financially’’.

According to her, she started singing from the Church, and all her life, she has been singing gospel songs.

“I got into the studio three years ago and it has been amazing as it gives me time to care for my children and husband,’’ she said.

Rahila L.