Nakia O. Shy, is a native of New Bern, North Carolina and currently serves as the founder and Director of Covenant Praise Ministries International. Nakia accepted her call to the ministry of dance in March of 2006 but has felt a strong pull to the prophetic since 1997. Since accepting her calling, she has ministered in various churches in Alabama, Alaska, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Louisiana, Maryland and Mississippi. She served in the capacity of Jr. Praise Dance Leader and co-choreographer for the Next Level Dance ministry at the Elmendorf AFB Gospel Service in Anchorage, Alaska as well as Dance Ministry Director of Flowing Under God's Anointing at First United Gospel Assembly in Gulfport, Mississippi and for five years as the dance coordinator for the annual "Worshipers on the Frontline Worship Summit" under the leadership of Prophet Joshua Smith. It was during this time that she grew in the word as well as the ministry of dance. Nakia is a 2009 graduate of the Eagles International Training Institute (EITI) under Apostle Pamela Hardy where she received her license as a Minister of Dance and is a 2014 graduate of Company of Prophets under the leadership of Prophetess Theresa Berryman where she was set in the office of Prophet.
Nakia’s vision for her ministry is to be one of mentoring and unity. She has noticed that many have the heart to dance before our Lord but have not been properly equipped. She would like to see dance being a welcomed part of worship in the entire body of Christ. She desires most that all ministries come together as a family in order to effectively bring this powerful aspect of worship back where it was originally intended. It is only when all the Levites (Psalmists, minstrels and dancers) come together on one accord will the captives truly be set free. To that end Nakia is the author of "When Praise Meets Worship", a manual designed to teach ministers of movement the effective way to incorporate dance during worship.