After 3 Years: Jehovah’s Witnesses Convention Returns to Akabor, Ikeduru In Imo

…To hold 320 convention in 39 cities of Nigeria

After a three-year pandemic pause, one of the largest convention organizations in the world has once again chosen Akabor,Imo State to host its global  three-day event, the 2023 “Exercise Patience!” Convention.

Prior to 2019, summers in Akabor were marked by Jehovah’s Witnesses filling hotels

and restaurants as they attended their annual conventions at the Akabor Assembly Hallof Jehovah’s Witnesses in Imo State. In 2020, the pandemic interrupted that tradition

in Akabor when the Witnesses cancelled their in-person events throughout the world  and held their convention programs as virtual events in more than 500 languages.  Beginning September 8th, 2023, the Witnesses will bring that tradition back to Akabor.

“As much as we loved the convenience and quality of our virtual conventions, nothingcan replace being together in a large group setting,” said Ibekwe Samuel Ogechukwu, spokes-man for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “While our online conventions reached millions around  the world and kept our communities safe, we long to get back to our joyful fellowshipat these large gatherings.”

Some 6,000 conventions will be held worldwide as part of the 2023 “Exercise  Patience!” Convention series. In Nigeria alone, more than 320 conventions will be  held in 39 host cities. From Friday through Sunday, six convention sessions will explore the quality of patience, highlighting its modern-day relevance through Scriptural examples. A live baptism will be performed following the Saturday morning session and a pre-recorded drama will be featured in two parts during the Saturday and  Sunday afternoon sessions.

“Patience is a beautiful quality that all Christians desire to display in their daily lives,”  says Ibekwe. “Despite our good intentions, however, maintainingpatience in the face of life’s many challenges can be a daily struggle. Spending threedays exploring aspects of this quality will be very timely for all of us.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses have been holding public conventions in stadiums, arenas,convention centers, and theaters around the world for more than 100 years. Afterresuming smaller in-person meetings and their public ministry during 2022, the  summer of 2023 marks the first time they will gather at much larger regional events  around the world since the lifting of pandemic restrictions.

The convention is open to the public and no collection is taken. For more informationon the program or to find other convention locations and dates, please go to  and navigate to the “About Us” tab.

Ibekwe Samuel Ogechukwu

  Regional Spokesman


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