It was a night of pomp, pageantry and excellent display of musicianship by the alumni of the MTN Foundation MUSON School of Music diploma. The concert, which was held at the Shell Hall of MUSON Centre in Lagos on Friday, February 12, 2016, featured over 20 diverse musicals, part of which was the rendition of Beyonce’s “If I were a Boy” and “Bamidele” by Asa. The concert set the ambience for the season of love and left guests at the concert asking for more.
There was also a surprise performance by two MTN ambassadors – Cobhams Asuquo and Banky W. Cobhams wowed the audience with two beautiful songs he titled, “Ugly Bug Love”, and “New Beginning”, and his version of “All of You” by John Legend, while the music connoisseur and R&B King, Banky W performed his popular song “Yes/No”.
Speaking at the pre valentine concert, the Executive Secretary of MTNF Foundation, Nonny Ugboma, explained that MTNF deemed it necessary to take the bull by the horn and support the valentine concert for the first time since its inception. She emphasised that MTN Foundation will continue to set the pace and make it a tradition to sponsor the concert annually, knowing that the sky is the beginning for the musical scholars of MUSON.
Director of the MUSON School of Music, Marion Akpata described the show as one that displays the true meaning of love as love goes beyond chocolates, cupcakes and flowers. She described the concert as one that could be compared to any concert outside the country. 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.
MTN Foundation since its inception in 2006, has sponsored over 200 students who has a flair for music, to acquire a MUSON diploma in music as part of the Foundation’s sustainability effort in grooming musical talents in Nigeria. The alumni of the school have become masters and stars in the music industry, and many among them has participated in musical competitions locally and globally.
The Foundation has spent over N18billion on various initiatives in 550 project sites across the 36 States of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).