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Emmy Award Winner Uses Dance To Praise God 

By Walter Wilson Nana — African-American born missionary and onetime winner of the famous Emmy Awards, Tracye Campbell, says it is possible to interpret the word of God through dance.

In the build up to an open-air praise and worship dance experience dubbed “Shake the Nations,” slated for Buea, Saturday, January 26, Campbell explained that the Everlasting Kingdom Praise Dance Ministry, where she is leader, will praise God through all forms of dance. “We’ll employ the Bikutsi, Hip-Hop, Salsa and interpretative dance to make them known as viable and high-spirited forms of praise and worship to God,” she said.

According to Campbell, her Ministry is using dance to usher people into the presence of God which can transform lives and revive truth, unity, peace and love in Cameroon and the world. “We desire to awaken the youth and encourage them to use their God-given talents to make a positive impact on this nation and the world. 

It is our wish to see every person use dance to get to God and shake themselves out of distress and into God’s presence,” the Missionary noted. Working hand-in-glove with the Highest Praise International – a worship arts youth fellowship in Cameroon, the Emmy Award winner said; “We’ll make a bold statement that the best way to activate the presence of God is through high energy live-band music and dance performances.”

Campbell said there will also be a moment of short exhortations on the seven mountains of the society which include; business, arts and entertainment, media, government, education, family and religion. Hear her: “We will open discussions on how people can discover their mountain and use their talents to gain financial freedom and positively impact the societal mountains in Cameroon.”

“Shake the Nations” is an event first initiated in Yaoundé on November 10, 2012, by Campbell, an African-American from Chicago, and a minister at Christ’s Oasis Ministries also in Chicago.
An Emmy Award winning television producer of arts, culture and educational programming for the Public Broadcasting System and Total Living Network, Tracye Campbell moved to Cameroon in August 2009 to develop a worship arts ministry, specifically in the area of dance.

In 2011, Campbell and several members of different Christian denominational assemblies started Everlasting Kingdom Praise Dance Ministry to interpret the word of God through dance and use it to mobilise youth & adults in Cameroon, help them to discover their purpose in life and positively impact their communities.

The Missionary has worked with the University of Buea (Performing & Visual Arts-Dance & Theatre Workshop Courses), the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, Catholic University Children Holiday Performance Arts Program, Full Gospel Mission-Cameroon, Ebenezer Baptist Church Music School, Buea, Living Word Fellowship Center Yaoundé, and a host of other mission organisations.

Amongst the groups to be part of the “Shake the Nations” event is the Buea-based and not for profit cancer prevention and awareness organisation – Splash Network.  They will promote cancer awareness, deliver a message of hope to those afflicted or living with a loved one suffering from cancer and what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle. The Everlasting Kingdom Worship Arts Ministry is in Cameroon under the advisory of Bishop Christian Raymond Ngwu of Living Word Fellowship Center, Yaounde.

First published in The Post print edition no 01403

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