The MTN Foundation says it is committed to supporting and celebrating hard working and extraordinary talents in endeavours including arts and music in Nigeria.
Ms Nonny Ugboma, the Executive Secretary of MTN Foundation, was quoted by a statement in Lagos on Tuesday to have made the pledge at a musical concert to commemorate the graduation of MTN Foundation-MUSON Scholars’ Programme in Lagos on Monday.
Ugboma said that the foundation continued to support the MUSON School of Music because of its relevance to society evidenced by the hardworking and extraordinary talents produced from its stable.
“From Fela, the Father of Afrobeat, to the 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 the 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.
“The performances we watched were heartfelt and inspiring,” she said.
Ugboma said that the MUSON School of Music was established in 1989 and offered training to people interested in learning how to sing or play a musical instrument.
She said that the two-year MUSON Diploma School was set up after receiving accreditation from the Federal Government and had graduated over 300 students since 2006.
According to her, all students admitted to the programme receive an MTN Foundation Scholarship that covers transportation, textbooks and tuition.
“MTN, through its Foundation, is committed to supporting, recognising and celebrating local talents and partners with like-minded organisations to implement enriching experiences that encourage young talents.
“We recognise 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,’’ the MTN Foundation Executive Secretary said.