16 years ago, Nigerian-born US based Classical/Opera singer cum songwriter, Abiodun Koya left the shores of Africa to begin a new life in America. Abiodun, who is a trained classical Soprano vocalist and actress has been privileged to perform for the former President Obama at the White House.
Talking about her experience "I didn’t get to meet him but he was all smiles throughout my performance. For me, that was gold; priceless! When I remember those moments I am overwhelmed with gratitude and amazement. I couldn’t sleep for nights! I would toss and turn in bed and rehearse my songs in my head. And being a perfectionist didn’t help matters. I remember going grocery-shopping, pushing the cart and rehearsing the songs I was to sing.
She said "The atmosphere was very presidential; I had my heart in my mouth and was delicately nervous until when I mounted the stage but I managed to give a glass shattering performance. After my performance, I was asked where I originated from and I was very happy to say, I am African and a Nigerian. It is not always about terrorism or sickness like the media make out. I am proud to be an Ambassador for Nigeria with my music and voice.