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The new President of the Gospel Musicians Association of Nigeria, Evangelist Phillip Olayiwola has vowed to make the association truly a national one. Evangelist Olayiwola made this pledge as he was inaugurated as the new President of the association in Lagos on Thursday March 23, 2023.

Phillip Olayiwola aka Pholat in his inaugural address noted that GOMAN had been regarded as a sectional association, and he therefore promised to make efforts to extend its tentacles to other geopolitical zones of Nigeria to give her a true national outlook.

“As I speak, discussions are on going with our fellow gospel music ministers in Port Harcourt, and very soon, we shall be going there for their inauguration,” he revealed.

He also promised to set up a reconciliation committee that will look into various issues that are responsible for rancour, discord, disloyalty and divisions among gospel musicians noting that “many of our members have been wounded and there is a crucial need to heal those wounds and bring them back into the fold.

“We shall improve and sanitize the existing procedures of admitting new members and pay attention to membership drive, funding, transparency and accountability at all levels. The business shall no longer be as usual.”

Under the new administration, Evang. Olayiwola promised to embark on “training and retraining programmes for members to enhance professionalism, spirituality, functionality, and relevance in our music ministry and to achieve this, we would soon commence a standard music training programme and set up our own GOMAN School of Music that would be affiliated with reputable institutions.”

Evangelist Olayiwola also promised to get a befitting national secretariat for the association.

The new president has his promise for those that are yet to join the association. On this he said, “I am aware of our members’ agitations and those who are yet to join us on what they stand to gain as members of GOMAN. This regime by the grace of God is going to put a good welfare package programme for members. This package among several others shall cover health plans, music promotion and protection of our intellectual properties. We are going to strengthen collaboration with relevant bodies like MAAN, Label Owners, FIBAN, COSON, MCSN, Copyright Commission etc in order to realize our objective.”

The president who at the inauguration requested for the supports of all members and stakeholders disclosed that “a team of technocrats, academics and music experts had been set up to provide free advisory services to us while some other Management Consultants would be engaged in the course of time.

“I humbly request the unflinching support of our past presidents, respectable elders, state governors, spiritual fathers and mother, friends of GOMAN and all well meaning members to come to our aid anytime we knock on your doors.

“This new regime, with oneness of purpose, has come to serve, and to change the narrative of GOMAN. We shall also make efforts to rebrand GOMAN, a brand that is long overdue for rebranding. We shall in the process of rebranding put effective restructuring in place in order to reposition the association for national and international spaces that would be beneficial to both the association and her members.”

In attendance were some important personalities and ministers of God like Evang. Dr. Funmi Aragbaiye, the immediate past president, Pastor Dr. Tunde Kajogbola, Dr. SMO Oni who preached the message of the day, Pastor Kola Olulana, Pastor Oluwaniyi, Apostle Timi Orokoya, Apostle James Iyanda, Olori Itunu Oyebisi, representative of Rev. Tony Akinyemi, Dr. Peter Olayiwola, Taiwo and Kenny Jones, and a host of others. Members attended from other parts of the Nigeria.

Evang. Phillip Olayiwola took over from Evang. Dr. Funmi Aragbaiye. Read

Other members of the newly elected GOMAN National Executive Council are; Hon. Ayodele Paul as Deputy President, Pastor Prophet Samuel Oyelowo (Alagbadaina)  Vice President North, Evang/Prophet Kayode Emmanuel Ogunniyi (Arole David) Vice President West, Evang. (Dr) Boladale Stephen-Amzat, National General Secretary, Evang. Bukola Ilupeju  Asst. National General Secretary, Prophetess (Dr) Christiana Folashade Bello (Awoko Jesu) National Treasurer, Evang. Joy Oladejo National Financial Secretary, Olori Dolapo Ogunbajo National Internal Auditor, Evang. Faniyi Olawumi (Omo-Ologo Ara) National Public Relations Officer, Evang. Bayo Bankole National Enrolment Officer, Evang. Mike Abdul National Music Director, Evang. Opeyemi Oladipupo Bello (Imole Ayo), National Chief Whip, Evang. Gloria Oyenike Oladiti  National Welfare Officer 1, Rev. Oluwaseyi O. Oyebanji (Sheyi Glory) National Welfare Officer 2, Evang (Dr.) Prince Oluwole Adekunle  National Protocol Officer, Prophetess (Dr.) Stella Ajayi Adeniyi National Prayer Coordinator.  Read also

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