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Everyman Eleanya started singing at age 9 with his brothers: Nobleman, Wiezman and Bestman in their singing quartet – the Eleanya Brothers – under the tutelage of their father, Sir Emma Eleanya KSM, a veteran Choirmaster. At the University of Ibadan, he honed his talents in the Students Choral Ensemble where he trained under Chike Akwarandu FTCL, Gbenga Oyesanya, and Dr. Ayo Oluranti, took lessons in voice, conducting and General Musicianship and performed works of locally and internationally acclaimed composers. He also belonged to an Acapella sextet, Rockforce, which performed regularly in concerts and musical events on campus and in the South-West region of Nigeria.
He later became the Choirmaster of the St. Cecilia’s Students Choir, U.I and the founding Music Director of Law Students Choral Society of the University of Ibadan. While at the Law School he founded and conducted the celebrated Anniversary Chorale of the Nigerian Law School that famously performed during the 40th Anniversary celebrations of the Institution in 2004. Everyman has attended several master-classes and numerous workshops and seminars, including those on Voice training, Conducting, Choir training and management.
In 2011 he was selected to participate in British Council’s Creative Enterprise Program for talented and creative people. He has been on the judging panel of numerous Choral Competitions, Music Festivals and Reality TV music contests. He is a visiting Choir Adviser to a number of choirs in the country, and a quondam National Music Director of the Forum for the Inculturation of Liturgical Music (FILM).
Everyman is the Founding Choral Director of the Abuja Choral Ensemble, and has for the past 15 years led the group to stage several concerts, performances and state functions, attended by eclectic audiences, including the OPEC at 50 Choral Concert in 2010; Presidential Inauguration, 2011; UN Memorial Tribute in honour of Kofi Annan; Switzerland National Day Celebrations; Swedish National Day Celebrations; Botswanan National Day Celebrations, 2013 & 2015 Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day; Nelson Mandela’s Memorial and Tribute; Nigeria’s 50th Anniversary celebrations; Reception/Gala night in honour of the visiting former OPEC Secretary General; 2012 Central Bank of Nigeria Long Service Awards and Annual Dinner; launching of the “I AM PRICELESS” Campaign against human trafficking by the UN and E.U.; Luciano Pavarotti tribute concert, to mention but a few. The Abuja Choral Ensemble also represented Nigeria at the 7th World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA in 2012. Everyman Eleanya is a Presiding Judge in the FCT Customary Court, Abuja.