COZA aka The Gratitude was birthed out of the vision to revolutionize and take over the music industry for God as part of the takeover mandate God gave Reverend Biodun.
The Gratitude is trained and equipped to set a new standard, break all barriers, shatter all existing mould. Create a new reality and give the gospel music industry an new face lift,
alongside impacting lives.
Through their youthful, contemporary and also electric gospel style that resonates with people of all ages all over the world, they have taken the music industry by storm.
Their debut album “Hello World” includes award winning songs like:
“Rabababaeh”, “Hello” and “Bad Man” amongst others.
The Gratitude is an unprecedented Music brand and experience designed to be on the cutting edge. And also spearhead new things in the music industry.
They’re called is to serve our generation according to the will of God.
Year of inception
The Gratitude was founded in 2016, by The Rev. Biodun Fatoyinbo.
Names of COZA choir members
Member of Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo’s Commonwealth of Zion Assembly music arm The Gratitude COZA,
The Gratitude COZA songs
What COZA Did To Me – Yvonne Chuks
At the call of the alarm in the usual 400hrs of the morning, total sensitivity was restored and I was up; engaged in my morning prayers, checked my e-mail and organized my day, “Good to go!” I began. It was a morning flight, so, we headed for the airport.
“All passengers boarding Arikair 5N-BKW Dash 8-400 to Abuja to please proceed for boarding,” a voice echoed. We left for the aircraft, began the journey, landed safely in Abuja, The Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria and made our way to the scheduled meeting for the day.
I have had so much about COZA services, added my voice to the issue The Federal High Court sitting in Bwari, under Justice Oathman Musa ended. This time, I am in Abuja and it is Sunday; it is my opportunity to be LIVE in COZA. Yes, COZA! Pastored by the ever dazzling Rev. Biodun Fatoyinbo. Much more than I have heard, I know that it sticks longer what you experienced than told.
COZA is an Embassy, a nation and a world all together. Besides the external environment littered with inscriptions pointing you to the auditorium seated at the Guzape Hill, security men well positioned, my first point of attraction was the greeters at the entrance of the Church, carefully selected young men and ladies with Classy outfit that excellently match the beauty of the environment.
We were warmly welcomed and led to a special section in the auditorium ready to capture all my mind and pen could.
Entering the auditorium was like entering a Cinema, as the magnificent LED Screens with colorful light-mix, beaming with life and Church workers on their guard driving order, preparing one for an electrifying experience; The sitting arrangement was deliberate and exhibit such a myriad of excellence.
Contrary to what I am used to, Church services starts with opening prayers, COZA service began with Praise and Worship; I was briefed it is hinged on the scriptural principle rendered in Psalms 100:4, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise…”
The atmosphere was invigorating, the voices were angelic, the rhythmic flow was topnotch with lots of dynamism – a great musicianship there. Every event in the Service comes with its uniqueness.
We were led into a session of Thanksgiving, praying and faith-filled declarations, powerful words that gives you a feel of strong purpose, direction and hope. Beyond “Image,” Mrs. Biodun Fatoyinbo [Pastor Mo, as they call her] is a powerful and influential voice behind the Mic and the “Man.” COZA is World in a WORLD.
I have seen choir, but I saw a Choir. I have seen musical groups, but I saw a musical group. I understood that AVALANCHE is the name of COZA choir; as awesome as they appeared and performed, I was stupefied at the performance of THE GRATITUDE; they are a team of selected young talents from another world. It is as if they sleep, walk, breath and talk music.
It’s time for the Word. It was my first time of seeing Rev. Biodun Fatoyinbo Live; a very good looking clean man, NBA qualified height with well-tailored outfit; he is not just a good looking clean man, he is also good looking and clean in delivering the Word of God; his eloquence is epic.
He sang songs you already know and makes you wonder if it is the same song you knew.
You know a strong leader by his results; Rev. Biodun Fatoyinbo is a strong leader. The COZA auditorium is enclosed, yet they are able to manage stench effectively; a lot of bodies in an enclosed atmosphere yet no stench? Minds are really at work. A leader is in place.
Every department that makes up the labour force [Workforce, they call it], was up and doing, most especially the protocol guys, they bear the physical outlook of professional Secret Service Operatives, well kitted and orderly in discharge of their duties.
You don’t worry about security, sitting in COZA’s auditorium, also, you never get lost; at every point, you are well directed.
“Was this what the enemy wanted to destroy?” A question that kept poppoing my mind as I observed the unfolding of events in the service. A Colossal loss it would have been for the body of Christ; this is no sentiment, but reality.
It became clear to me what my Dad told me, “Only those who have not build anything fights those who have.” COZA is an enigma. Everything is stylish, including the way offerings and tithes are received.
In my place of worship, our benediction stems from Psalms 23:6, “Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD, forever.” In COZA, it is, “I CELEBRATE YOU!” This too, is how they greet one another.
Too much style, so much packaging, aredent drive for excellence, intolerance for laxity, expulsion of disloyalty, full of dynamism, kindred spirit and delibrate in acts: my definition of the Rev. Biodun and Pastor Modele led Church – COZA.
Here is my submission after my experience: Never criticize if you have not experienced. Don’t cast aspersions if you have no correct knowledge. Don’t judge if you also have flaws. I hope to visit COZA a second time, again when next duty calls at Abuja.
The Gratitude (COZA) Wins Group Of The Year Award
Contemporary gospel group, The Gratitude has won the UK Gospel Touch Music Award 2019 for the Choir/Group of the Year Category.
The group, which was founded in 2016 by the leadership of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), beat a number of gospel music heavyweights, such as The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Volney Morgan and New Ye, The Walls Group, Sound of A New Wine, Karen Gibson & The Kingdom Choir, Jemero Carter & Kingdomology, to win the prestigious award.
The Gratitude was the only African group nominated in the Choir/Group of the Year Category.
Reacting to the win, the Senior Pastor of COZA, Reverend Biodun Fatoyinbo, said:
“I’m so proud of The Gratitude. This award is a reflection of the skill and dedication they put into their craft. This award is a big deal to us at COZA and we are grateful to all our members who voted to make this a reality.
We are so grateful to God for this major endorsement. I say a big congratulations to The Gratitude and the whole COZA family.”