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UNILAG Set To Host Intercollegiate Choral Festival

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The Department of Creative Arts of the University of Lagos, Akoka, will on May 16, 2023, hold the 10th edition of its Choral Festival, also known as Africa Sings.

The event which will hold inside the JF Ade Ajayi auditorium of the university, and commence at 3:00 pm, is intended to celebrate the choral compositions of the General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles, Professor Daniel Olukoya.

The MFM leader, besides preaching, is an acknowledged music composer.

The event will feature choral performances by choirs from eight universities. The said universities include the University of Lagos, the Mountaintop University, Pakuro; the Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka; the University of Port-Harcourt; the University of Ibadan; the Lagos State University, Ojo, and the University, Jos.

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The Director of Programmes for the event, Professor Albert Oikelome said the choral festival would be holding for the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus in 2020.

“The Creative Arts Department of the University of Lagos is notable for organising ‘Africa Sings’ but it was put on hold because of the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020. But we are excited to have the event in May of this year,” he said.

Giving more information about the May 16 event, Oikelome said, “The choral festival is meant for showcasing the African culture, art, and heritage through music. The event has a message, and it is that Africa is rich musically.

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“So, the event participants will have an enriching and enlightening experience facilitated by the dexterous performances of the singers and musicians.

“This edition is particularly unique because we are showcasing the works of Professor Daniel Olukoya, a man who has made indelible contributions to choral music in Africa. Many people know Olukoya the preacher. But more people need to know about Olukoya the music composer. The musical works of such a man are deserving of celebration.”


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