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David Ekene Biography: Inside The Life Of The Nigerian Pastor And Gospel Singer

David Ekene is a Nigerian pastor, worship leader, and philanthropist. He has demonstrated over the years that success can come to anyone who is determined to win. He has been singing since he was a child and continues to worship God even as an adult.

Early Life

Ekenedirichukwu, David Daniel, also known as David Ekene, was born on November 1, 1984, in Sabon Gari, Kano State, Northern Nigeria, as the second son and fourth child in a family of five, but is originally from Enugu State.

Because his father died when he was still a child, he was exposed to the harsh realities of life, such as hardship and poverty. He was raised solely by his mother, who struggled in her own way to keep the family afloat by working menial jobs.

David Ekene once joined the almajiris (beggars) on Kano’s streets for survival and possibly support as a child. Because of the circumstances surrounding his background, he had to grow up quickly even as a small child.


According to several interviews, he attempted to avoid God’s call on his life because of his struggles and desire to attend university as soon as possible.

David Ekene enrolled in the Theological Seminary of Northern Nigeria, Saminaka, Kano State, after 7 years of endless pursuits.

After graduating from the Seminary in 2010, he was ordained as a Pastor by the Assemblies of God Church in Nigeria.


Pastor David Ekene holds a Bachelors’s Degree from the University of Abuja, Nigeria.


As at the time of this post, he has not been married and is still single.


TGT Refugee Foundation, a registered organization known for philanthropic activities and outreaches, was founded by David Ekene.

He has fed thousands of people in refugee camps across the country, with a special emphasis on widows, the elderly, and orphans. His childhood experiences taught him that no one deserves to suffer and not receive assistance.

Musical Career

His debut album, “Greater Tomorrow (Prophecy One),” was released in 2014 and included songs such as Yahweh, Hallelujah, Guiding Angel, and I Smile.

The hit song “Greater Tomorrow” by David Ekene is sung by millions of people all over the world and was officially released on YouTube in 2018 with over 14.5 million streams.

His first song, the award-winning “Greater Tomorrow,” is very popular, particularly in Africa, due to the strong message it conveys. His songs are not only inspirational, but they are also known for leaving listeners with a message of hope, peace, and comfort.

His other singles include Upper Room (2018) and My Ebenezer (2021).

Pastor David has ministered in over seven countries around the world, including the Akwa Ibom Carol Festival, which was hosted by Governor Udoh Emmanuel and drew over ten million viewers. He has shared the stage with international artists such as Bob Fitts, Ron Kenoly, Mercy Chinwo, Chioma Jesus, Chris Morgan, and others.

In Kampala, Uganda, a concert dubbed “Greater Tomorrow” after his song was hosted by Irene Nambossa, a German-based philanthropist for children with Down Syndrome. The concert, which David Ekene attended, set a significant pace of hope and support for Ugandan children suffering from this condition. His performance is still remembered as one of the most historic events in Kampala.


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