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Chinwe Enu: Pursuing an Opera Career

Chinwe Enu, a lawyer in Riverdale Park, Maryland, recently received the African Jewel Award.  The award is sponsored by African Focus, Inc., a nonprofit organization in California that focuses on the well-being and growth of African people around the world.  AFI honored Enu for "being an inspiration to young people."

What did Enu do to deserve the award?  She has been pursuing her dream of becoming an opera singer.  She recently left her job as a lawyer to attend school full time at the University of Maryland, College Park School of music. 

At 28, Enu is following a dream she has held since she was a teenager.  She began taking voice lessons when she moved permanently to the United States from Nigeria.  During the last year, her performances have included singing at the African Goodwill Awards ceremony in Los Angeles in April when she received the AFI award, a Christmas concert at the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Silver Spring, Maryland, and a large performance in Nigeria in June 2007.

Although Enu is still doing some contract legal work, she seems focused on her path to the opera stage.  She says, "Definitely, though, in the long term I’m trying to do this full time and professionally.  I hope to get a job with an opera company in the States or in Europe."

Brava Ms. Enu, and best wishes for happiness and much success as you pursue your new career.

By Steve Imparl, guest blogger

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