By Ayo Onikoyi
The Executive Secretary of the MTN Foundation, Ms. Nonny Ugboma has described the performance of the MUSON alumni at the pre Valentine concert sponsored by the Foundation as a good justification for the MTN Nigeria’s investment in promoting music education through its partnership with the Music Society of Nigeria School of Music.
Ugboma gave the remark after witnessing for over 2 hours the melodious sound of string and wind instruments, classical music, opera and contemporary Nigerian tunes performed by the beneficiaries of the Foundation’s 2-year scholarship programme at the Shell Hall of MUSON last weekend.
According to her, the Foundation has sponsored over 200 students in its 9-years of sponsoring the 2-year Diploma programme, and since then, the beneficiaries now under the aegis of MUSON alumni, have been organising the concert for the past 4 years.
“The concert has provided them with another opportunity, in addition to other milestones they have achieved, to showcase their talents which have been refined through the scholarship programme. Tonight’s performance has once again renewed the faith we had from the beginning in the talents of these students. We have no regrets to have contributed to their development because they have consistently shown outstanding performances.”
The Director of the MUSON School of Music, Mrs. Marion Akpata attributed this year’s pre-Valentine Concert to what is obtainable in other parts of the world. She praised the ingenuity of the music artistes for maintaining the high standard of the school, adding that the ultimate goal of the school was to bring back good music to the society.
“We are proud of our students who have come of age. They have become self-sufficient, improved on what we taught them and exceeded our expectations, and yearly, the alumni organizes this concert to give back to the school building project. We are indeed grateful to the MTN Foundation for their continuous support and sponsorship in making this concert possible.”