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Archbishop Val Music Academy To Perform For Pope Francis… As Orchestra Thrills Huge Audience In Basilica
Author: By Ononye V.C
Published on: Monday, September 05, 2016

The main auditorium of the Bishop Shanahan Complex, Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha was over-crowded with spectators who came to watch a grand performance by the Archbishop Valerian Okeke Music Academy (VOMA), an orchestra outfit sponsored largely by the Archbishop.

            The orchestra made up of little lads and teenagers of secondary schools were trained to play sophisticated musical instruments ranging from guitars, virsins, drums, trumpets, piano/organs and saxophones.

            The occasion was the special thanksgiving music festival in honour of the Archbishop Most Rev. Valerian Maduka Okekr, founder of the organization.

            The excitement generated by the performance of the children underscored the importance of music and recreation in the lives of the people and the need to relieve tension in the prevailing circumstances of the general economic meltdown.

            While making some rmarks, the excited Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke drew a loud ovation when he proposed that ‘all things being equal, he would arrange for the kids to travel all the way to the Vatican to perform for the Holy Father, Pope Francis.

            He expressed delight that most of the kids were trained to play multiple instruments.

            According to him, music helps them to develop good mental ability, to focus and concentrate, an attribute which makes children great.

            ‘We are not wasting time here. We are building up these children to be great in different fields of endeavour such as medicine, computer sciences, engineering and the arts. If you can excel in music, you can excel in any other subject,’ he remarked.

            The Archbishop commenced the administrator of the music college, Rev. Fr. Stephen Ifeanyi for the tremendous way he was handling the kids and expressed gratitude to God for bestowing such vision to him.

            The AVOMA kids rendered some popular notes like, Heal the World by the Late Michael Jackson, Chiquitta by Abba, Egbe belu Ugo belu, Nso Ndu and so on.

            There was an opera performance titled the fall of Lucifer, Violin and sax solo performances, the Cat Duet, AVOMA stars jungles competition and the Orchestra driven Ave Maria show.

            Archbishop Valerian Okeke showered special blessings on Chief and Mrs. Emenike Ebolue said to be one of the major sponsor of the AVOMA.

A plethora of joy it was recently when the Archbishop Valerian Okeke’s Foundation sponsored yet another group of students for a four day excursion to Calabar the Cross River State capital. A state renowned for its riches in tourism hosted another set of students who are SS3 graduands of Federal Government Girls College Onitsha from Tuesday 26th July to Saturday 30th July 2016.

            The students who was under the guidance of the Chaplain Mater Miserecodiae Chaplaincy of FGGC, Rev. Fr. Kenneth Anona and Rev. Sr. Thiara Ozigbo was educationally empowered as they visited Tinapa, Marina Resort, Slave Trade Museum, Spar International Mall e.t.c  and was filled with excitement as they explored a city renowned for its culture and tourism.

            Rev. Fr. Kenneth Anona expressed his gratitude to the sponsors of the excursion especially the founder Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Okeke, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha for  his benevolence towards the students.

            Describing him as a generous Prelate, Fr. Anona poured encomiums on the Archbishop and prayed for blessings upon him and every other sponsors of the trip.

            Also, some students on behalf of Mater Miserecodiae Chaplaincy of FGGC articulated their sentiments of gratitude to the Archbishop and other sponsors who made their trip to Calabar worthwhile experience.

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