Christians launch own Facebook'
MANZINI – A social network made specifically for Christians was launched yesterday at the Mavuso Trade and Exhibition Centre.
The social network known as Yookos is almost similar to the famous social network know as Facebook.
After it was introduced, many of those who attended a music concert organised by Christ Embassy Church rushed to register.
Currently, Yookos boasts of four million active members.
However, there were only a few members in Swaziland as it had not been marketed well.
Yookos, the company behind this social network, partnered with the Christ Embassy Church in Swaziland to introduce the social network to the church.
The social network was launched during the Change Experience Concert that featured local artist, Bakhe Dlamini.
The close to 1 000 people who attended the gospel show organised by the Christ Embassy Church were told about the social network.
They were told that while it worked the same way as Facebook, it was a bit different because people were able to send prayer points and get encouragement from different pastors registered on this network.
Among those is Pastor Chris Oyakh-ilome of Nigeria who is founder of Christ Embassy Church.
Bafana Sibiya, Yookos Brand Manager locally, said they decided to partner with the Christ Embassy Church because Yookos started with the Christ Embassy Church. "Initially, it was a tool meant to help the church to reach out to most people in the world," he said. "However, as time went on, the number of people subscribing grew and it is then that the decision to spread it to the whole world was taken."
"There are a few people in the country who were already members in this social network."
"After gathering that the church was planning such a concert, we decided to be part of it. As you can see, a lot of people were not aware of the social network site. Most of those you see here are interested in joining and we are already helping them on the procedure." Sibiya said on the social network site, members are able to pray together even if they are not at the same place. They also share ideas.
"This social network is not only for the youth but even adults are eligible to use it," he said. "We encourage the public, especially Christians, to register and be part of this social network in order to be able to connect with other people around the world."
During the concert, the Yookos Company had placed about eight laptops that were used for registration.
People queued as they wanted to register and be part of the social network. Those who registered were given incentives which included T-shirts and phone pouches.
Pastor Bakhe, Viwe ‘heal’ them
MANZINI – Local gospel artist Bakhe Dlamini and Viwe Nikita, left gospel music lovers crying for more when they delivered a splendid performance during the Change Experience Concert.
The concert was attended by close to 1 000 people and had been organised by Christ Embassy Church in partnership with the Yookos Company.
The concert at the Mavuso Trade and Exhibition Centre started at 2pm and lasted for four hours.
Only three artists had been scheduled to perform.
These were Bakhe, Assent Tweed and Viwe Nikita.
First to take the stage was Bakhe followed by Assent Tweed from South Africa while Viwe was the last artist to perform. Bakhe only sang four songs before giving the stage to Assent Tweed. Among the songs that Bakhe sang was the one titled ‘I am healed,’ a song that kept most gospel music lovers on their toes. These include Reverend David Chaliyumba and his wife Pastor Bonile who were among the guests.
Also performing well was Assent Tweed from South Africa who kept those who happened to watch his performance, especially the youth, screaming.
He performed four songs before giving an opportunity to Viwe. Viwe performed three songs before calling Assent to join her on the stage. The two sang a duet marking the end of the show.
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