Devoted Christian, caring husband and father, Daudet Ntinu is a bit of a jack of all trades. Singer, praise and worship leader, carpenter, plumber, electrician, many in the community know him as “Master Hammer”. Contractor, Mr. Ntinu is the man you call before and after you buy a house. Talented craftsman, Daudet can turn any house into a dream home. In the business, he has no equal. He is the most dedicated and professional contractor you can find anywhere. He is trustworthy and serious yet easygoing. Most people in the community will gladly trust him with a key to their home.
As good a contractor as Daudet is, his first passion has always been music. He gave his first concert at Kinzazi’s middle school in his home city of Kinshasa in the D R Congo. He went on to create a school band in his high school of Kikwiti Boarding school.
After high school, Daudet went to medical school at the University of Kinshasa. Political turmoil at the end of the nineties will cause schools to close. After two years of waiting, he emigrated to Europe. In Germany where he now lived, Daudet immediately joined a local choir. After a short stay in Europe, he finally got his wish granted and moved to the United States.
I met Daudet twenty years ago, in Boston, Massachusetts, where we both attended church at “La Vie Abondante Church of God”. Daudet has always served in the praise and worship team as far back as I can remember. He was one of the founders of the church worship team alongside brother Gilbert Mulamba, Dennis Salumu, Sister Blandine and others. Back then he was one of the atalakus (Back singers) of the group. He animated the sebene part of the praise in solo, sometimes in duo with brother Dennis. Almost twenty years later, Daudet is now the praise and worship leader at the New “Vie abondante”, Abundant life church in Rhode Island. He married his long time sweet heart Antoinette (Affectionately known as Mère Anto.) The couple has now four children, Yedidya, Elie, Crystal, and Joshua .
Appearance wise, brother Daudet hasn’t changed a bit from the young man he was two decades ago. He remained just as energetic, vibrant and alert. With a big smile on his face he confided to me: “Sincerely Brother, I am doing this for a purpose. I really want to inspire young people. I want to help school children back home. You see, when I was in school, we use to share a book with two or three children. Can you imagine? One book.” He paused and sighed. “I decided to dedicate my new songs and my first forthcoming CD to them.” Daudet is organizing a concert on Christmas eve 2016, He plans to present his new songs and officially launch his ministry, “King Ministry.”
As a good Christian, Daudet is counting on God first, but also on the diaspora in the United States. He knows he will need the support of any good soul that God will touch to help with his mission.