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Nigeria wins Medals at World Choir Olympics

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Nigeria wins Medals at World Choir Olympics

Post  Admin on Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:35 am

Nigerian choir, the Lagos City Chorale directed by the Maestro, Sir Emeka Nwokedi bagged three Silver medals at the just concluded 7th World Choir Games held in Cincinnati, Ohio USA from 4th – 14th July, 2012.

The 7th World Choir competition was hosted by the art-loving city of Cincinnati in Ohio State of the United States of America. For the twelve days the completion lasted, the City was literally turned to a global stage for a beautiful display and showcasing of world cultures.

The internal choral game attracted about three hundred and sixty-five international choirs from 65 countries, which participated with mirth and glee in the choral music Olympics with the aim of fostering peace and the unity in the world.

At the event, different countries displayed their cultures in costumes, musical instruments, dance, folklore and singing in their indigenous languages. There were also sufficient cultural exchanges as over fifteen thousand participants mingled together exchanging pleasantries, musical notes and co-competing in various categories. It was fun galore.

The opening ceremonies were preceded by colourful procession of participating nations mostly in their national colours from Duke Energy Centre to US Bank Arena, the venue of the ceremonies.

The event coinciding with America's National day, the Star Sprangled Banner (America's National Anthem) was sung as a mark of honour. This was followed by presentation of flag and anthem of the World Choir Games followed by a roll call of the participating nations as their flags were hoisted in the arena.

Other opening activities include opening speech by the President of Interkultur and World Choir Games, Gunter Titsch, welcome speech by Mark Mallory, the Mayor of Cincinnati, ringing of the peace bell and a rendition of the official song of World Choir Games: "I can" by Kirk Franklin'.

The Lagos City Chorale representing Nigeria and the multi-cultural city of Lagos contested in three categories in the champions competition. These are the folklore, the musica sacra (sacred music) and mixed chamber choir.

Their effort was rewarded with three silver medals, one in each category. They also performed in two friendship concerts and participated in the colourful parades of participating nations in very colourful national dress. Their procession was specially acknowledged with cheers and standing ovation from Cincinnatians who turned out in their thousands along the route to cheer-up visiting choirs.

Cultural Ambassador

Apart from winning laurels, Lagos City Chorale was truly Nigeria's Cultural ambassador in everyway. Their song renditions and various costumes were embodiment of Nigerian culture.

Each of their outings drew the attention of inquisitive participants from other countries who sought to know where they came from. Thousands of participants and Cincinnatians sought to take pictures with the Nigerian group especially in their green-white aso oke costumes.

Many other countries of the world may have understood clearly the potency of choral music in uplifting and defining their culture and also as an agent of cultural integration and global unity.

Hence a country like China came to the world's choir games with 71 different choirs in different categories, USA had over 50 Choirs, South Africa came with 6 different choirs (mostly university choirs), and each choir had up to 100 members.


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