Rev. Fr. Oluoma, While Criticizing Gospel Artists, Claims That Mercy Chinwo May Charge 10 Million Naira To Perform In Churches

Rev. Fr. Chinenye Oluoma, a Catholic priest in the Abuja Archdiocese, has reproved gospel musicians who demand hefty payments to play in churches. The debate over whether church musicians or gospel performers should be compensated for the services provided has existed from the beginning of time.

While many clerics hold that gospel performers shouldn’t charge admission fees because what they do is the work of God, gospel musicians contend that because songwriting and rehearsing are time-consuming tasks that must be completed in order for performances to be flawless, they too deserve to be paid appropriately. In a few societies, pastors are even paid to preach.

In a recent sermon, Fr. Oluoma lamented the rising expense of religious devotion and used Mercy Chinwo as an illustration. According to the cleric, the gospel singer may demand up to 10 million naira for her performance in churches, and he would then need to solicit donations from his church members in order to pay her.

While he is not opposed to compensating gospel ministers, he did point out that they shouldn’t demand excessive amounts. And, while performance fees by gospel artists continue to be an issue for the clergyman, Chinwo continues to cash in, as she has been scheduled to perform this Friday at Gospel artiste, Preye Odede’s concert titled, ‘The Move,’ which will take place at EUI Event Centre, GRA Phase 3, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

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