Kwali to host Jehovah’s Witnesses 2023 convention

After a three-year pandemic pause, the annual regional convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses will resume at the Kwali Assembly Hall, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with the theme ”Exercise Patience!”.

A release signed by the Regional Convention spokesman, Folarin Odebode, said beginning August 11, 2023, the Witnesses will resume in-person gathering for the first time since 2019.

Odebode recalled that as a result of the global outbreak of the pandemic in 2020, the Witnesses in compliance with directives on lockdown of sundry activities and drastic reduction of socio-economic and other sort of gatherings cancelled their in-person events throughout the world, and held their convention programmes as virtual events in more than 500 languages.

“As much as we loved the convenience and quality of our virtual conventions, nothing can replace being together in a large group setting. While our online conventions reached millions around the world and kept our communities safe, we long to get back to our joyful fellowship at these large gatherings,†Odebode said.

He announced that Kwali, Abuja has once again been chosen among the 39 cities in Nigeria to host one of the largest convention organizations in the world, saying it is usually a three-day event.

Further, the release indicated that some 6,000 conventions will be held worldwide as part of the 2023 “Exercise Patience!†Convention series.

”In Nigeria alone, more than 320 conventions will be held in 39 host cities. From Friday through Sunday, six convention sessions will explore the quality of patience, highlighting its modern-day relevance through Scriptural examples.

“A live baptism will be performed following the Saturday morning session and a pre-recorded drama will be featured in two parts during the Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions,” Odebode said.