This year's Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses, focusing on how to face contemporary challenges with courage, holds in 34 different locations across Nigeria from August to December. The convention, which has as theme, "Be Courageous!" will be held almost every weekend from Friday, August 3, to Sunday, December 23.
A statement signed by George Ijeh, a spokesman for Jehovah's Witnesses, said that the convention will help attendees to face with God-given courage the daunting challenges, individuals, families and the society at large face today. "When you look at the news today, you can clearly see that people of all ages are dealing with more anxieties and fears than ever before. It takes courage to face these pressures. We welcome everyone to this year's convention to benefit from the practical advice that's contained in the Bible," Ijeh said.
He explained that the three-day programme consists of 54 presentations that will include talks, audio dramas, interviews, and short videos. Highlights, according to the statement, include the baptism, on Saturday morning, of new members who have completed a Bible Study programme, and a Public Discourse on Sunday morning, on the theme, "The Resurrection Hope Imparts Courage--How?" Additionally, a feature film entitled The Story of Jonah--A Lesson in Courage and Mercy will be shown on the final day of the convention programme.
"In all, there will be 308 conventions in Nigeria. The programme commences 8:20 a.m. each day of the convention, closing at 3:50 p.m., except on Sunday, when it closes at 2:45 p.m. The convention begins in the Lagos-Ogun area from August 31 and will hold at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses located along Idiroko Road, Ota; Daluwon along Mowe, Ofada Road; Lekki at Ajibona Village and Badagry at 5, Assembly Road, Itoga, opposite Limca bus stop ." Ijeh said.
He disclosed that "For the benefit of all, the progamme will be presented in English, French, American Sign Language (ASL), and more than 20 indigenous Nigerian languages, including Igbo, Esan, Nigerian Pidgin, Yoruba, Efik, Gun, Hausa, Tiv, Idoma, Isoko, Urhobo and Ijaw, among others."
The statement invited everyone to attend, assuring that "there is no admission fee and no collection will be taken."
Apart from Nigeria, the conventions are being held at venues in about 180 different lands. The date and location for each convention can be found on the Witnesses' official website, jw.org.