Over 5 000 young people turned up for Timveni’s Amplifying the Truth show, which saw stunning performances from US-based gospel hip hop artist Da T.R.U.T.H (real name Emmanuel Lembert Jr) in action.
He shared the stage with celebrated urban artists Suffix, Faith Mussa, Sangie, Kells Kay, Janta, Classick, Trumale, Andy Phiri, Rina, Jonathan Tembo, Barry One and Kim.
Da T.R.U.T.H was all energy as he dished out gospel rap songs such as From the Whole Truth and also his first release The Big Picture captivating the youth at the Gateway Mall, with some classic rap lyrics as he preached the word of Jesus.
The event, which was organised by Timveni Child and Youth Media Organisation, under the project Amplifying Children’s Voices through participation, was aimed at raising awareness on issues affecting children and young people’s participation in decision making processes that affect their socio-economic development.
The Whole Truth merges the innovativeness of hip hop music and pure ministry into a collection that was appealing to the youths on the day.
“The heartbeat of the Christian rapper is to provide people with a positive alternative and a godly antidote for the poison of secularism found in pop culture,” says Da’T.R.U.T.H. “My prayer is that as a community, we all grow together in genuine love and fellowship with one another and focus on the things that matter most.”
According to Timveni’s public relations officer Ernest Makanda, it is high time youths in the country realised that meaningful and sustainable development calls for active participation of all citizens at all layers of decision making.
Makanda added that the bedrock for the current National Youth Policy is youth empowerment and participation and providing spaces for young people and children to add their voice on issues of national interest.
The three-year project, Amplifying Children’s Voice through Participation, is funded by Plan International and seeks to empower young people and children to engage decision makers on issues that affect them. Currently, the project is implemented in Karonga, Nkhotakota and Mulanje where Timveni will hold activation campaigns, interface meetings and youth conferences. n