By Jessica Ude
The Vicar of St. Andrews Anglican Church, Ven. Kamtochukwu Obi, has implored Anambra State Government and Caring Family Enhancement (CAFÉ) to add music as part of skills acquisition programmes in the state. CAFÉ is a medium through which the wife of the Governor who is the founder of the NGO extends her love and care to the less privileged as well as run skills acquisition programmes.
During the 2019 Music Festival of Cathedral Church of St. Johns Ekwulobia, Aguata Diocese, the Vicar advocated the inclusion of music into skills acquisition and he also acknowledged Gov. Willie Obiano and his spouse Mrs Ebelechukwu on their wonderful performance in office especially in developing human capacity. Ven. Obi added that there are plenty skill acquiring opportunities for the youths to choose from especially in the agricultural sector and also create a good avenue in order to show people how to fish instead of giving them fish.
He said the Governor’s wife is assisting women and also the physically challenged persons through the CAFÉ programme under the mantra `one youth, one skill’.
Ven. Kamtochukwu explained that music has lots of career opportunities yet to be analyzed and music soothes the soul; possess the ambiance for happiness, nerves relaxation and positive thinking. He listed career opportunities in music to include composition, instrumental ensemble and chorale.
According to the Vicar, music departments are where talents are nurtured and developed,it can put food on the tables through engaging minds positively; as such reduce the menace of suicide among youths and due to the level of concentration music demands, any youth engaged in it would not have the time to get involved in criminal acts. He added that music serves as a means of development towards worshipping God thereby a need to include music in the state’s skills acquisition programme is vital.
During the open declaration of the festival, Bishop of Aguata Diocese, Rt. Rev. Samuel Ezeofor commended the judges and participants to have in mind that the festival was to the glory of God and also appealed to them to have peace of God in their minds as they go about their duties.
The festival featured singing competition among grade one choir of all the churches in Aguata Diocese of the Anglican Communion.
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Igboukwu was placed first, St. John’s De Divine Anglican Church, Oko, came second while Immanuel Anglican Church, Nkpologwu was placed a consoling third.