After an intensive two-year diploma programme at the prestigious Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON), 30 young Nigerians will be graduating on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. All thirty are recipients of MTN Nigeria’s MUSON Scholars programme which has provided scholarships for over 300 Nigerians in the past 15 years.
Before graduating, the scholars will host Nigerians to a colourful virtual concert at 5:00 pm on Monday, July 5, 2021. This will be streamed live on YouTube.
Speaking about the forthcoming graduation ceremony, Executive Secretary MTN Foundation, Odunayo Sanya said, “We are committed to supporting, recognising and celebrating local talent and partnering 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 and we look forward to releasing these new breeds of music and musical experts to the world”
Unlike the average Nigerian musician, these young ones can read music and have understood the rudiments of the form. The hope and optimism that shines through the minds of the graduands are infectious! They recognize they are the future of Nigerian music and have chosen to carry that burden with pride.
Music fans across Nigeria are invited to watch the pieces the youngsters will be creating with classical music this year. It promises to be intriguing.