African Mass a taste of home for Edmonton diasporas
Thirteen-year-old Emmanuel Eremionkhale knows one or two words in Esan, and a couple more in Igbo – the Nigerian languages of his father and mother.
He was just four years old when his family immigrated to Canada in 2009. So his chances of understanding his parents’ languages or following their traditions seemed slim. But that changed when he joined the choir for the African Mass at St. Dominic Savio Parish in north Edmonton.
“When I sing, languages come to me,” Emmanuel said. “It makes me happy.”
That’s due, in large part, to his father, Lucky Eremionkhale, president of the Nigerian African Catholic Community