Bimbo Akosile

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-year 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 described the show as one that displays the true meaning of love as love goes beyond chocolates, cupcakes and flowers. She 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 organize 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.”

The MTN Foundation music scholarship programme is implemented in partnership with the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) and targets students with innate musical talent and helps them to develop these skills. The scholarship provides the beneficiaries an opportunity to acquire quality music education leading to the MUSON Diploma in Music.

In its nine years of existence, over 200 students have graduated from the programme while another 60 students are presently under going training.