By Toneo Tonderai Rutsito.
The world wide web is stormed by the Makandiwa craze as millions have taken to the internet to update events in real time as the historic event has managed to fill the Gigantic National sports stadium around around 3:00pm in Harare Zimbabwe.
A historic, estimated 165 000 crowd has packed the Gigantic National Sports Stadium, with a normal carrying capacity of only 60 000, the national stadium is packed to the inside tracks while the old sports ground , just behind the main stadium, the “B-Arena” or overflow is also officially packed forcing the authorities to create another new provisional space.
Websites, Twitter, Facebook pages and groups amongst others are leading with real time updates plus video feeds, a sign that the power of the of the internet and mobile penetration has impacted millions in Zimbabwe.
Many government officials including, Ministers, Members of parliament, governors and renowned business figures have graced the highly publicized event.
Official communication channels from the United Family International Church (UFIC) have posted on their online platforms that people began trickling as early 10 midnight, last night(18th April) perching for an event, billed to start more than 20 hours later.
Another Official facebook page, PROPHET EMMANUEL MAKANDIWA – EXHORTATION LIVE has been posting that people started trickling in the stadium a night before after 10 midnight.
Other facebook page created by individuals affiliated to UFIC, Prophet E Makandiwa LIVE in Service & UFIC also took the internet to update in real time the events as they unfolded.
Some Twitter feeds are coming from @uficlive, here i a snap shot
Renowned musicians from Zimbabwe and South Africa have also took turns to share the stage with names like Mai nababa Charamba, Sabastine magacha, Pastor Gee, Mudiwa, Hlengiwe and Deborah Fraser. Also the UFIC choir got the stadium on their feet by singing the popular “HOlolo”
Few Hours inside the night, another affiliated page Sons and daughters of prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa was also streaming live updates on the much hyped event.
Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa steps inside the Stadium, Few minutes after there is a surprise visit, Prophet Boateng, His Spiritual father and Prophet Uebert Angel also walks in
prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa Now on stage Bible reading Isiah 49:26
And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
just before winding down, Prophet Victor Kusi Boateng, Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa and Prophet Uebert Angel tour the other provisional sitting area, refereed to as the B arena or overflow where an estimated 60 000 plus joined to witness the passover event coined Judgement Night 2
The tour was around 5:00am, and still the crowds were pulling through with proceedings.
Few Hours later the same day, another page posted that the church converged again at Glamis stadium for a Sunday evening service where thousands packed the stadium.