July 30, 2022
Morehouse College Glee Club performs at Mountain Top University.
On Wednesday, 6th July 2022, Prof. Elijah A. Ayolabi, the Vice-Chancellor of Mountain Top University, received the Morehouse College delegation from Atlanta, Georgia at the Council Chambers. The Vice-Chancellor welcomed Morehouse College’s Music Department (Glee Club) to Mountain Top University and expressed gratitude for choosing to visit the University. He commended the commitment of the US Consulate to establishing transnational partnerships.
According to Prof. Ayolabi, the US Consulate’s support has aided the exchange of musical knowledge between both institutions. He reaffirmed the University’s dedication to future alliances and cooperation. The visit was part of the tour to Nigeria sponsored by the US Consulate to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its first tour to Nigeria. It provided an avenue to strengthen the intellectual ties between both institutions.
The highlight of the visit was a performance by the Glee Club Choir and Mountain Top University Chorus. The Glee Club Choir, comprised of a 32-man all-male team, performed four numbers, including Behold Now Praise the Lord, Somebody Calling My Name, and others. A musical interlude featuring Timothy Miller’s solo rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone added an enthralling spark to the already enchanting atmosphere. Similarly, the Mountain Top University Chorus gave a thrilling rendition. They also performed four songs, including Ojo Maro (Let It Rain), Gbogbo Aye Gbe Jesu Ga (All Hail King Jesus), and others.
The songs played were written by Dr Daniel K. Olukoya, the University's Chancellor, Dr Ayo Oluranti, and acclaimed musicologist, Ayo Bankole. The Mountain Top Conservatory Choir from MFM headquarters was also there and sang a song titled: Be Still, penned by Dr Daniel K. Olukoya and directed by Seun Onifade. Bringing to the fore an exhilarating climax were renditions from the mass choir comprising the Glee Club Choir, Mountain Top University Chorus, and the Mountain Top Conservatory Choir.
In conclusion, the delegates extended their appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor for the warm welcome provided by the University in organising the visit and facilitating the participants’ stay at the University. They promised to sustain the harmonious relationship between Morehouse College and Mountain Top University. Present at the event were; Prof. David Morrow, Director of the Morehouse College Glee Club; Dr Aaron Carter-Enyi, Director of the Africana Digital Ethnography Project; Dr Ayo Oluranti; and the Mountain Top Conservatory Choir, as well as other distinguished musicologists.