New graduates of the MTN Foundation-MUSON Scholars’ Programme celebrated their success and achievements with a colourful concert and graduation ceremony on the 8th and 9th of July, 2019 at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
From Fela, the Father of Afro beat, to legendary singer Sir Victor Uwaifo and Vivaldi the master of the violin, the audience was treated to a spectacular take on iconic cultural pieces and classical music delivered with style and precision.
The evening ended with the graduating class delivering a soaring performance of ‘Shadowland’ – a powerful song about leaving home by prolific composer Hans Zimmer and master musician Lebo M, for the stage adaptation of ‘The Lion King’.
As the closing notes faded, it was easy to see these artists take their place alongside the school’s alumni, noted for their outstanding musicianship and excellence in their chosen careers.
Speaking at the ceremony, Nonny Ugboma the Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation said, “Days such as this, when hardworking, extraordinary talent is centre stage and celebrated, are at the heart of our support for the MUSON School of Music. The performances we watched were heartfelt and inspiring.”
The MUSON School of Music was established in 1989 and offers training to people interested in learning how to sing or play a musical instrument. The two-year MUSON Diploma School was set up after receiving an accreditation from Federal Government and has graduated over 300 students since 2006. All students admitted to the course receive an MTN Foundation Scholarship that covers transportation, textbooks and tuition.
MTN through its foundation is committed to supporting, recognizing and celebrating local talent and partners with like-minded organizations to implement enriching experiences that encourage young talent. We recognize the important role the arts play in personal and communal development; it enriches communities and is an essential part of the cultural fabric of society.