Celebrating the 50th anniversary of her first tour to Nigeria and other African countries in 1972, the Morehouse College Glee Club rendered a musical concert in Enugu, South East of Nigeria.
The club members from Atlanta, Georgia USA are in Nigeria for a three-city tour and cultural exploration of the country’s rich music heritage; Lagos, Abuja, and Enugu.
The goal of the tour and concert is to strengthen the cultural ties between the United States and Nigeria through music and other creative arts.
The team mainly black American students and their teachers were led by the Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate General, Lagos, Stephen Ibelli, to Enugu state where they rendered songs in American, African and Igbo languages with students of the prestigious College of the Immaculate Conception (CIC), Enugu.
The Morehouse College Glee Club was founded in 1911 by Kemper Harreld and in 1953, the founder’s student Dr. Wendell Phillips Whalum became the director of the group; Whalum in 1972 led the group on a tour of five African nations- Senegal, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, and Ethiopia.
Applauding the students on their beautiful and heartwarming presentation, the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi called on the team to uphold the values and inherent benefits of the event in promoting education through scholarship, cultural transfer, creative arts and bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the United States of America.
In response, the Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate General, Lagos, Stephen Ibelli, commended the Enugu State Governor for supporting the project, contributing to its huge success in the state.
The two days event took place at the Nike Lake Hotel and Michael Okpara Square and was attended by Edward Ubosi Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly; Prof. Malachy Okwueze Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor; Ugonna Ibe Commissioner for Culture and Tourism; Obi Kama Commissioner for Science and Technology; and the Executive Secretary, Enugu State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), Dr. George Ugwu.
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