ABOUT THE CONVENER
Paul Adefarasin is a Christian Minister, Thought-Leader, Philanthropist, Author, Speaker and Convener of the internationally acclaimed Experience concert held in December. He is the Founder of The House On The Rock, a multiracial, multi-ethnic, and multifaceted non-denominational Church with 77 parishes and fellowships across Africa and Europe.
With more than 30 years of pastoral and visionary leadership experience, Paul is sought after to share his expertise across many sectors. For upwards of 20 years, he has hosted the programme ‘Something Is About To Happen’, which airs across Africa, Europe, and North America on terrestrial and satellite television. He also maintains an active social media presence.
A profound motivational speaker, author and lover of good music. Paul has penned inspirational books including: ‘Something Is About to Happen’, ‘Change Your World’, ‘The Call For A Performing Generation (Revised)’ and ‘Hope On The Go’. His love for good music saw him becoming the Composer and Executive Producer of an album produced by the music team of his Church entitled, ‘I Still Believe’.
Paul is an innovative trailblazer, who conceptualised and delivered The Experience music concert, an annual event now in its 17th year which has become the largest musical concert in Africa and one of the most looked forward event across the continent in December. It has a television viewership of millions; with millions more across 180 countries and territories tuning in online.
Paul Adefarasin is a committed participant in the inter-faith movement that seeks to promote religious understanding and foster tolerance on the continent of Africa and beyond. He presently is the Lead Regional Co-Chair of the Africa Cabinet; Member of the Global Council and Member of The Executive 12 of Empowered21, which is the largest relational network of leaders of Spirit-Empowered Churches in the world.
A mentor to many successful, purpose-driven CEOs, Entrepreneurs, and Ministers, Paul is also steadfast in his determination to raise the next set of torch-bearers in every sphere of industry, thought and ministry. He serves in an advisory capacity to various leaders, policy-makers, and heads of Industry as he seeks to positively influence public policy. Paul works as a bridge-builder, facilitating the exchange of ideas with critical stakeholders, domestic and foreign. An inspiring motivator, intelligent leader and tireless advocate for the less fortunate, Paul epitomises servant leadership and is well-respected from the provincial streets of his community to the corridors of power.
Paul has been the recipient of an assortment of awards including the:
- United Nations-backed Most Influential People of African Descent Award;
- Achievers Award for Leadership Excellence by the Christian Association of Nigeria;
- Transformation Award by the United Chaplains State of New York;
- Leadership Medal of Honour in Philanthropy Award by the African Leadership Magazine;
- Nigerian Red Cross Society Humanitarian Excellence Award;
- National Sickle Cell Centre Diamond Award;
- Award of Excellence by the Nigerian Prisons Service;
- Lagos State Government Corporate Social Responsibility Award;
- Times Heroes Award by Daily Times of Nigeria.
- Forbes Best of Africa Most Influential Personality Of The Year 2021 Award