Nigeria Wins Three Silver Medals At Choir Olympics

The London summer Olympics has come and gone with Nigeria’s poorly prepared contingent gracing the prestigious events as attendees as they didn’t win any medals. That is not news anymore but what is however news and isn’t celebrated is the fact that Nigeria participated in the World Choir Games (formerly known as the “Choir Olympics”) and did us proud even without government funding.

Nigeria was represented in the biennial event by the Lagos City Chorale directed by Sir Emeka Nwokedi. Cincinnati, Ohio USA was the venue for the 7th World Choir Games held between 4th – 14th July, 2012. The Lagos City Chorale 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.

World Choir Games Logo

The World Choir Games is the largest choir competition in the world Organized for amateur choirs from all over the world, regardless of their country of origin, race, genre of music or artistic ambitions, its motto is “Singing together brings nations together”. The idea of the World Choir Games originated from the effort to bring people together through singing in peaceful competition, showing that unity of nations through the arts can be effectively and illustratively demonstrated and challenged.

Organized by the Interkultur Foundation, the focus of the World Choir Games is on participation above winning. The Games aim to inspire people to “experience the strength of interaction, challenging personality and community equally by singing together”.

 

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