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Traveling Watoto Children’s Choir to Perform at STLCC-Wildwood

April 06, 2015

Watoto Children's Choir  

As part of the spring global education program at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, the Watoto Children’s Choir traveling from Africa will present a brand new choir production entitled “Oh, What Love” on Friday, April 17.

The production, which begins at 12:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The choir began its tour in January in Alabama, and will continue throughout the East Central region of the United States before concluding in Chicago.

Watoto is a holistic child-care solution initiated to serve the dire needs of Africa and her people. “Concerts of Hope” are held in churches, community halls, schools and other venues globally. Since 1994, Watoto Children’s Choirs have traveled all over the world, sharing the plight of Africa’s orphaned children. Each child in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents, but they have been rescued and now live in a Watoto village. 

The choirs have performed before presidents and royalty in the White House, Buckingham Palace and many other national parliaments. The choir also performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in the United Kingdom. Audiences are inspired as the children sing, dance and celebrate their story of hope.

“After losing my parents, I felt alone, with no one to love me. Now I know that God is my father. He loves and cares for me,” said six-year-old Jackie Nakku. “As I travel on the choir, I am going to show people that God loves them, too.”

The production is indicative of emerging, modern Africa – a continent emerging from ruin and exploring its true identity. Africa is coming of age and so are her people. Her children and young adults are the key to the future.

“Oh, What Love” has brought out the unique God-given talents of young Africans to express the hope and massive hearts of worship. Almost 20 local Ugandan songwriters have contributed to crafting songs that share the stories of the orphan child and God’s love.

“God’s heart for the marginalized is not just to see individuals rescued, but rather to see them thrive as their lives are transformed,” said Gary Skinner, Watoto founder. “The stories of the children are real and represent thousands who are experiencing this transformation.”

Based on the Bible verse 1 John 3:1 -- “See what kind of love the father has given us, that we should be called children of God, and so we are” -- “Oh, What Love” provides a unique worship experience that celebrates the urban African landscape and brings out the individual talents and charisma of the children.

“Through their unique personalities, the children now communicate and share the sense of belonging they found in God their father,” says James Skinner, the choir’s creative director.