Eugenia: A voice for praise and advocacy

Author: Joe Frazier

The greatest fulfilment for columnists of a daily newspaper is to know that their columns have avid readership. They know this when readers write back regularly to criticise or praise their articles.

A couple of months ago, I had gone for my daily newspaper when I was accosted by a young lady who asked shyly, “Sir, are you Mr Frazier?” I replied in the affirmative and she introduced herself as Eugenia, a student chorister I had once featured under My blog. She said she had been looking for me for over a year to thank me. A conversation promptly ensued between the two of us. 

“What are you doing with your voice?” I asked this question because I had not seen or heard her sing for a long time. She said she was still in the choir but had completed her course in Law and Economics and was no longer a student.

I asked, “What career are you intending to pursue?” She said she was going to sit the Qualifying Examination for the Professional Course in Law. I was happy for her. Nevertheless I asked, “So, is that the end of your singing?” She hesitated but I said quickly, “Your voice is still going to be useful in edifying God. After all, advocacy is another use of voice. Surely you may no longer entertain. But you will defend the poor and fulfil one of Christ’s missions on earth, of bringing justice to the voiceless.”

There are many reasons for choosing a particular career. Making the choice on the basis of a God-given talent would make one get a huge head start over those who go into it solely on its paying capacity or prestige.

 I have never failed to be amazed by the absorbing capacity of the law profession. It keeps on admitting new practitioners every year. It seems there is a law chamber in every corner of towns but the law profession is never clogged. As it was said in America over a century ago, “There is always room at the top.” The law profession keeps spawning new branches of specialisation. There is, I am told, an area that deals with contracts in the entertainment industry. Would this appeal to Eugenia?

I have seen and heard lawyers perform theatrics in court. They quote the Bible copiously. They tell Ananse stories to ridicule or expose mischief of the other party. But never, yes, never have I heard a lawyer sing in court. Is it because it is prohibited by rules of the court? One needs to explore this possibility. It may well turn out that Eugenia could use her angelic voice to win cases by singing to the judge. What a niche! Truly, there is room at the top. 

Seriously, whatever professional career path Eugenia launches herself after being called to the bar, she must not stop singing. Not many of Ghana’s so-called “celebs” who take refuge in rap to hide their vocal weaknesses have half of what Eugenia is endowed with. Eugenia has something which many singers can only envy. Keep singing, sister.