The City of Lagos stood still on Friday the 7th of December 2018 as Paul Adefarasin’s House On The Rock church hosted the 13th edition of the world-famous annual gospel concert The Experience concert. This year’s event, themed ‘Jesus our Peace’, drew a whopping crowd of over 600,000 worshipers at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos Island. Countless other watched live from all over the world.
Ever since Paul Adefarasin headed the first concert in December 2006, The Experience has grown to attract at least 500,000 people yearly in an event that is a major highlight of each year’s activities.
Economically, the impact that The Experience has created will survive the test of time as enterprises in the human capital development, hospitality, commerce and industry sectors have benefited greatly. The Experience concert has grown to be a significant contributor to the economy of Lagos and Nigeria as a whole.
The Entertainment sector, particularly, has benefited from The Experience over the past 12 years. Many of Nigeria’s local gospel acts who have been showcased by the concert went on to become much sought-after in the international scene. There have also been numerous collaborations between Nigerian and other international gospel musicians over the years.
Pastor Paul Adefarasin, while making a statement at The ‘Experience 2018 press conference, noted:
“While we do not take all the credit for the growth of the Gospel industry, we are proud to say that The Experience has played a very prominent role in this regard.The socio-economic impact of this mammoth occasion is evident and lends credence to scriptures in the Psalms which attest that God blesses and causes the earth to yield its increase to His people whenever He inhabits their praises.”