Upbeat Christian R&B music drew a crowd to the Humber North campus Student Centre for the first ever G4 (Grace for All) Encounter.
Solomon Davies of Comeback Connection, the Christian college club for recovery from hardship, who organized the event, brought in recording artist Akin Busari to perform songs from his new album and to share his story.
Busari came to Canada in 2003 from Nigeria on a scholarship from the Canadian College of Business and Computers. He now records and performs his music all over the world. He’s been to Dubai and London and will be shooting a music video to accompany one of his songs for UNICEF. Fifty per cent of the proceeds from the song will go to the organization.
“I came here with just $1,000 in my pocket,” said Busari. “I’m humbled . . . you can do anything with God on your side.”
Steve Gardiner, an ambassador to Toronto for I Am Second, a Christian movement, was also on hand to share his own story and to dj the event. Gardiner comes from a background of abuse, depression and drugs, but said he left that all behind when he became a Christian.
“I’m not happy about my past, but I know that God took me through it for a reason and I can use my past, as bad as it was, to help other people,” he said.
Davies, a 28-year-old paralegal student in his final year, founded the Comeback Connection club in 2010.
“Comeback Connection is just here to empower and inspire students going through hardships in life,” said Davies.
“Our next event will be targeting gun violence,” said Davies. “We hope to bring Akin back and many more speakers.”