Morehouse College Glee Club of Atlanta, United States, is visiting Nigeria in the company of forty students and faculty members for a three-city musical tour and the exploration of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage. Their tours in Nigeria will take them to Enugu, Lagos and Abuja, where they are expected to give public musical concerts in Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba while in Nigeria.
The tour is from June 26 – July 9 and Morehouse College Glee Club will offer public concerts in Nigeria in the celebration of its 50th anniversary.
U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard highlighted the “Cultural exchanges such as the upcoming visit of the Morehouse College Glee Club help contribute to strengthening the bonds of friendship and collaboration through music and arts, offering an opportunity for Nigerian students to learn about academic experiences in the United States.”
Schneider Grandpierre, a 19year old junior and third-year student studying Music and Computer Science at the Morehouse College, who was looking forward visiting Nigeria said, “I love the culture of Nigeria. It is going to be such an enriching and amazing experience to be able to reconnect with our cultural roots and sing Nigerian music in different languages. I look forward to an extended stay here even after this tour.”
“Morehouse is the only all-male African American college in the United States. Founded in 1867 as Augusta Institute, the school relocated to Atlanta in 1879 and after several name changes became Morehouse College in 1919. Dr. Benjamin Mays was perhaps the best known and most influential president of Morehouse, expanding the school’s academic reputation during his tenure from 1940 to 1967.”
Morehouse produced many famous and influential graduates, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Julian Bond, Maynard Jackson, Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Edwin Moses, former Surgeon General David Satcher, and Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, who was appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services by President George H.W. Bush in 1989.”