Joyce Adewumi
Joyce Adewumi, a native of Nigeria, singer, dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She is one of the leading interpreters of African Arts songs as well as an innovative choreographer of contemporary African Dance. Ms. Adewumi served for ten years as a Professor of Music and Dance at the Nigerian Universities of Uyo, Nigeria, and Obafemi Awolowo, respectively. A frequent and versatile recitalist, Ms. Adewumi has performed at various venues in Africa, America, United Kingdom, and Canada. She has premiered various roles including Noliwe, in Chaka: an opera in two chants, and was soloist in Orunmila’s Voices, both works by Akin Euba. She has collaborated with other leading African composers such as Joshua Uzoigwe, Meki Nzewi, and Samuel Akpabot. Ms. Adewumi is recognized in Nigeria for her pioneering work in the area of African Modern Dance. The Nigerian Government appointed her a consultant and panelist for the Akwa Ibom State Annual Children’s Cultural Festival in recognition of her innovative dances; a position she held for four years. She taught and choreographed dances for various projects organized by various organizations in Nigeria, the Board of Education, Techniques Dance and Cultural Arts, MACH/AILEY, and Children of Light, in the U.S.