Nathaniel Bassey

Nathaniel Bassey

The Journey of a Gospel Music Icon


27 August 1978

Early Life

Born on August 27, 1978, in Lagos, Nigeria, Nathaniel Bassey grew up in a Christian home with a profound love for both music and the gospel. His passion for music was ignited after watching the legendary Nigerian gospel music icon, Dr. Panam Percy Paul, perform live.


21 July 1985


Bassey pursued higher education at the University of Lagos, studying Urban and Regional Planning before moving to London to study Politics and International Relations at the University of London. He also honed his musical skills by attending music courses, including popular music and music business, at the Middlesex University Summer School.


21 July 1993

Musical Journey

Nathaniel Bassey's musical journey began in 1993 with a fascination for jazz music. He immersed himself in the works of jazz legends like Louis Armstrong, Miles Davies, and Charlie Parker. Bassey's exceptional trumpet skills earned him a spot in various jazz bands, including the prestigious Steve Rhodes Orchestra. However, his life took a spiritual turn when he was asked to compose a song for a special church service attended by Stella Obasanjo, the late wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. This pivotal moment marked the beginning of his deepening relationship with God and a shift towards gospel music.


14 July 1999

The Birth of a Worship Ministry

Bassey's newfound spiritual connection led him to establish a worship ministry centered on praising and ministering exclusively to the Lord. His unique blend of soulful trumpet playing and calming singing style touched the hearts of many, leading them into the presence of God during concerts, crusades, and church gatherings.


21 July 2008

Music Debut

In 2008, Nathaniel Bassey released his debut album, "Elohim," which was recorded and mixed in Cape Town, South Africa. The album's hit track, "Someone's knocking at the door," garnered significant attention locally and internationally, solidifying his position as a rising gospel music star.


21 June 2017


In June 2017, Nathaniel Bassey initiated the #HallelujahChallenge, a 30-day midnight prayer and praise session conducted on Facebook and Instagram. Every night from 12:00 am to 1:00 am, he and other believers worshipped God together, attracting thousands of participants. The online movement quickly gained popularity, with numerous posts using the hashtags #HallelujahChallenge and #Olowogbogboro. The challenge's success led to subsequent editions in the following years, fostering a deeper sense of community and spirituality among participants.


19 July 2023

Discography and Awards

Nathaniel Bassey's discography boasts a collection of inspiring gospel albums, including "The Son of God (& Imela)," "This God Is Too Good," "Revival Flames," "Jesus: The Resurrection & the Life," and "The King Is Coming." His music has resonated with listeners worldwide, earning him accolades such as the Best Gospel Artist at the 2017 Africa Muzik Magazine Awards and Music Festival (AFRIMMA) held in Dallas, Texas, USA.


21 July 2023

Personal Life and Impact

Nathaniel Bassey is happily married to Sarah Ebuk, and together they have two children. As the director of music at The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Bassey continues to inspire worship and spiritual growth among believers through his music and pastoral guidance.

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