February 29, 2016
Embassy Abidjan hosted an evening of gospel music at Le Palais de la Culture on February 29 to conclude its celebration of Black History Month. Ambassador Terence McCulley and Deputy Chief of Mission Andrew Haviland joined 400 guests for a performance by the Heaven Singers, Gospel Passion, Jean Pierre Konan and les Anges de Sions as well as Santé N’Go Yiol. The four groups mixed local favorites with American standards such as Amazing Grace, Down in the Valley, and We Shall Overcome. In a riveting end to the evening, all of the night’s performers returned to the stage to sing the classic When the Saints Go Marching In. The song had the entire audience on their feet and provided a fitting end to a great night of inspirational music and a grand finale for a month of programming concerning Black History. With reconciliation being a prominent feature of the Embassy’s objectives in Cote d’Ivoire, the program directly connected to one of the Mission’s principal goals.