The atmosphere was filled with soothing jazz music, as guests arrived at the beautifully decorated Adae Kese Hall at the La Palm Beach Hotel to enjoy an evening of praise and thanksgiving at Stratcomm Africa’s 4th Annual Praise Jam event in Accra.
Held under the theme, “Mounting Up with Wings as Eagles,” the programme was aimed at creating a platform for the company and its stakeholders to thank God for His goodness throughout the year.
The programme was attended by clients, family members, friends, staff and the general public, who were entertained to soul-searching songs by some of the country’s best gospel musicians and choirs, including Danny Nettey, Nobel Nketsiah, Becky Bonney, Reverend Asante, also known as Man on the Sax, Esther Piesie, Nana Adjei Perbi, the Faith Family Gospel Band and the Tema Youth Choir.
The high point of the night was a surprise duet performed by Danny Nettey, one of Ghana’s leading contemporary gospel musicians, and Esther Cobbah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stratcomm Africa, who thrilled the crowd with their version of the inspiring song “Up where we belong” – a song released in 1982 for the film “An Officer and a Gentleman ,” and originally performed by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
Pastor Eddie Adiamah of the Light House Chapel, Qodesh, who spoke at the event, encouraged Christians to remain steadfast and strong when confronted with challenges, just as eagles confront storms in their path.
“The eagle does not run away from the storm. It faces it squarely, and relies on its God’s given endowments to soar higher on the strong adverse winds of the storm,” he said.
Pastor Adiamah said Christians must not bow down in defeat to the numerous challenges that come their way, but rather preempt challenges and strategise to overcome them, through the grace of God.
He commended Stratcomm Africa for weathering the storm during the year, and coming out of it successfully to maintain the leadership position in Ghana’s communications industry, adding that this had been possible because the organisation puts its trust in God.
Mr. Martin Atta-Fynn, Director of Operations of Stratcomm Africa, was excited about the opportunity by Stratcomm Africa to organise yet another Praise Jam to appreciate God’s goodness to the company. He described the event as a testimony to the fact that a business entity can run on Christian principles and values in today’s business environment and achieve success in its operations.
“We have come this far, only because the name of the Lord has been our strength, and we are not ashamed to proclaim it,” he said.
The Director of Operations announced that Stratcomm Africa was developing a container library for the Kanda Cluster of Schools as part of its corporate social responsibility project, dubbed “Read better, Write better, Communicate better,” to improve the communication effectiveness of pupils, through reading and writing.
Stratcomm Africa, he said, was taking advantage of this year’s Praise Jam to gain an added mileage on the library project, through an appeal for books to stock the library, to enhance children’s education in the country
Mr. Atta-Fynn urged individuals and organisations to donate books towards the project.
Ms. Esther Cobbah said that Stratcomm Africa had been able to deliver professional communication services to enhance the performance of clients from diverse backgrounds, because the company finds its strength in the name of the Lord.
The company has survived turbulent times over the past sixteen years, and is poised to soar higher, as it mounts up on wings as eagles in Ghana’s communications industry in the coming years.
At the end of the event, the participants left for their homes feeling fulfilled for an evening well spent.
“Thank you Stratcomm Africa, I feel so blessed. I don’t regret coming at all,” Mr. MacDonald Ashong, a participant at Praise Jam said.
Stratcomm Africa instituted the Praise Jam annual event in 2007, to publicly acknowledge God’s goodness, edify believers, present the joy of being in the Lord with those who have not yet experienced it, and to praise and thank God with all and sundry.