Recap of our Akwa Ibom Outing in 2016

The Kenyan Boys Choir Perform in Guinness World Record largest Carol Festival

The sweet charming harmonies refined in Nairobi, Kenya on December 17, performed in the largest gathering of carol singers in the world; certified by Guinness World Record at Akwa Ibom Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria.

The international choral music ensemble continued to earn fans with their soul-stirring performance of “O Holy Night” that saw the audience build up from intimate whisper to the final chorus of the performance that took the stadium by storm.

This Festival which had its debut in 2008 is renowned as an evening of songs of praise and worship. Kenyan Boys Choir accomplished to be part of this year’s festival for its debut performance at the event and was advantaged to be part of the choirs cited in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Largest Group of Carol Singers in the World”.

This event routinely gets bigger than the previous by at least 15 percent and statistics of the event in 2015 revealed a large pool of over 30,000 attendants, a TV viewership in excess of 30 million and over 7 million social media interactions.

The Kenyan Boys Choir performed alongside Award-winning Gospel singer Don Moen, the most decorated acapella group from the UK ‘the PRM Band’, and local artists from Nigeria including Sammie Okposo, Buchi, Esther Edoho, Steve Crown, Elijah Oyelede, Perfecta Ekpo and Julius Nglass.

The acclaimed Christmas Carol Festival which is a Christian gathering helps strengthen the bond of unity in the state, as well as create a conducive ambiance for spirituality growth and peaceful co-existence in the Nigerian State.

Festival Review

The 9th Akwa Ibom Festival saw the Kenyan Boys Choir feature with an ensemble that was more gratified and diverse to the world. This was evident in their voices and in how they danced along to every artist’s performance during the festival.

It was amazing to see the choir being the talk of the town as every Nigerian could easily recognize them as they traveled through Lagos State, Nigeria while heading back home after the fete.

Article By @TomOmulo

WE Day Vancouver 2015: The Recap October 22, 2015

Vancouver… THANK YOU. We saw 20,000 young, passionate shameless idealists fill the Rogers Arena and prove that west coast just might be the best coast!

From standout performances by artists like Colbie Caillat and Hedley to phenomenal speeches by world-class speakers including Astronaut Chris Hadfield and Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin—this day was TOO GOOD.

Of course, major shout-out to all our youth speakers who are dominating the social good game right now. From inventing new technologies to ending bullying in your communities, YOU are the ultimate inspiration. PS Keep your eyes peeled for new WE THE YOUTH stories.

As expected, the energy was unreal and we are SO confident that today’s youth are going to do incredible things for our world.

We were privileged to share #WEDay #Vancouver Stage with JRDN. As soon as we stepped on that stage, the crowd gave us incredible cheer. The love from our Vancouver fans is real. As highlighted on the WE Day website “That time the Kenyan Boys Choir and JRDN combined musical forces for an EPIC performance.” – See more at: http://www.weday.com/2015/10/we-day-vancouver-2015-the-recap/#sthash.MsG7u1yr.dpuf

T H A N K   Y O U   so much WE Day we had an amazing time performing for you.

Lets meet again in CALGARY.

A sucessful Weday Tour in fall 2013

The Kenyan Boys Choir had an amazing in Canada. They performed in a series of concerts organized by charity organization, Free the Children network. The choir jetted out of Nairobi on 10th September and returned back on December  7th. Free the Children is the same organization that hosted Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes in Kenya in August as well as X Factor judge, Demi Lovato. Demi celebrated her birthday at the Maasai Mara while doing charity work. She was serenaded by the Kenyan Boys Choir on her 21st birthday.

We Day is a celebration of the youth service with events that feature musicians, celebrities, youth and activists. It is run by the Free the Children network, a charity founded by child rights activists Craig Kielburger and his brother, Marc. It started in Toronto in 2007 and now is held in 12 locations around Canada, the US and UK. The Kenyan Boys Choir are honored to have been part of We Day events  in fall 2013.

The Kenyan Boys Choir helped to raise awareness in Canada  on the various charity activities going on in Kenya including building schools in a campaign dubbed We Day.

The boys’ choir had an opportunity to interact with famous stars like Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Martin Sheen, as well as musicians such as Nelly Furtado, Classified, Hedley, Kardinal Offishall, Tyler Shaw and Shawn Desman.

The series of events begun in Toronto on 20 September and continued throughout various Canadian cities till 27th November when it concludes in Atlantic Canada.

Memories of spectacular collaborations of the choir with trending artists remain edged in minds of fans who were thrilled during WE Day 2013. These artists included

  • Demi Lovato – Award-winning singer-songwriter and Free The Children ambassador
  • NellyFurtado – Grammy and JUNO award-winner and Free The Children ambassador
  • Shawn Desman – Platinum-selling, JUNO and MMVA Award-winning recording artist and host of We Day Alberta
  • Kardinal Offishall – Award-winning Canadian rapper and record producer
  • Karl Wolf – International recording artist, Socan& MTV Europe Music Award winner
  • The Tenors – Juno Award-winning Multi-platinum singers
  • Darren Criss – Cast member from the Emmy Award-winning series Glee (host for We Day Toronto)
  • Chris Tse – Me to We inspirational speaker, national spoken-word champion and humanitarian
  • Hedley – Multi-platinum, JUNO and MMVA Award-winning recording artists

The Choir also got to interact with luminaries who were motivational speakers during this tour and imparted the noble initiative of being the Change they want around the world.

  • Craig and Marc Kielburger– International activists and co-founders of Free The Children
  • Kofi Annan – Former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, who has recently launched the ‘Kofi Annan Dialogues’, a series of online conversations inspiring young people to lead
  • The Honourable Kathleen Wynne – Premier of Ontario
  • Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – President of Liberia and first elected female Head of State in Africa
  • Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan
  • Barbara Pierce Bush – Humanitarian, Co-founder and President, Global Health Corps, and daughter of Former US President George W. Bush
  • Mark Dayton  – Governor of Minnesota
  • Brenda Cassellius – Commissioner of Education, Minnesota
  • Chris Coleman – Mayor of St. Paul
  • Debby Ryan– Disney Channel actress and musician
  • Mia Farrow – Award-winning actress, activist and United Nations ambassador
  • Jack Jablonski – Local Benilde – St. Margaret’s teen who suffered a spinal cord injury during a hockey game
  • Marissa Mohammed – Youth speaker from the Banyan Community Centre
  • Native Pride Arts – Indigenous youth performers whose mission is to educate, inspire, motivate and empower diverse communities
  • Magic Johnson – NBA legend, two-time hall of famer and philanthropist
  • Amanda Lindhout – New York Times best-selling author of A House in the Sky, Founder of the Global Enrichment Foundation
  • Mikhail Gorbachev – Former President of the Soviet Union and Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Liz Murray – Author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, Breaking Night: My Journey from Homeless to Harvard
  • Hannah Taylor – 16 year old social activist and founder of The Ladybug Foundation and The Ladybug Foundation Education Program
  • Honourable Justice Sinclair – Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Manitoba’s first Aboriginal Judge
  • Martin Sheen – Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actor and activist
    • Wilson and Jackson – Maasai warriors, authors of The Last Maasai Warriors; and Free The Children ambassadors
    • Mia Farrow – Award-winning actress, activist and United Nations ambassador
  • Col. Chris Hadfield – Retired Canadian astronaut and first Canadian to walk in space
  • Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons – CFL Hall of Famer, Vice Chair of the Toronto Argonauts
  • Youth speakers – Hannah Alper, Vishal Vijay, and Sydney Brouillard-Coyle
  • Spencer West – Me to We inspirational speaker, Free The Children ambassador, author and double amputee who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro on his hands and in his wheelchair in June, 2012
  • Molly Burke – Visually impaired Me to We motivational speaker who speaks out against bullying and the power of hope
  • Robin Wiszowaty – Me to We motivational speaker, author and Free The Children Program Director in Ghana and Kenya
  • The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire – Lieutenant-General and author
  • MTV hosts Aliya-Jasmine Sovani and Scott Willats (hosts for We Day Vancouver).
  • Jillian Martin – Miss Teen Canada-World 2013