– announces $1,000 Annual Scholarship
One of Nigeria’s hottest music sensations and High-life Fusion musician, Mr. Flavour Na’bania, on Monday, February 3, 2014, donated musical equipment to his Alma Mater – College of Immaculate Conception (CIC), Enugu, in appreciation of the role played by the school in his music career.
Flavour was received at the school’s assembly ground along his band members, management team and close associates to a rousing applause by a massive presence of students numbering about 4,000 and the school authorities. The donated musical equipment worth millions of naira include: a drum set, a full brass band set, three guitars, three keyboards, microphones, speakers, combos, mixer, amplifier, trumpets and many recorders.
Flavour, in a brief speech, shared a memorable life-changing story of his life while at CIC Enugu with the students;
“From playing in the choir to joining music bands, I was relentless to pursue music. On this fateful day, I was in SS1, when I left school for 3days without the permission of my parents or school authorities and travelled all the way from Enugu to Warri with a band to perform at a concert. By the time I came back, my mom had reported me to the principal, who sent people to look for me and bundle me to the assembly ground. I was stretched out and thoroughly flogged
“But I thank God for that day because I learnt a very important lesson that changed my life forever and which is part of what brought me here today. If you want do anything, you must be patient. Patience is key to success when combined with dedication, focus, passion and hard work. I learnt the bitter way that you must obey your parents first and make sure you complete your education before you chase your personal dreams – whether music, fashion or acting. ”
The artiste popularly known for his highlife fusion music went further to announce the annual music scholarship, challenging the students of CIC to embrace music education as the key to being successful international musicians.
“Also, I’m using this opportunity to announce the annual Mr. Flavour Na’bania Excellence in Music star prize of $1,000. This prize will be given to the best graduating student of music every year. Music knowledge is key to being a successful musician like me. Remember to be yourself, stay original and don’t ever forget the son or daughter of whom you are and where you’re coming from. By God’s grace, I see many Flavours amongst you here today and pray God will guide your path and bless you too with success.”
The Glo Ambassador finally expressed his gratitude to the principal, teaching and non-teaching staff of the school while donating 25 internet modems, 25 mobile phone and 50 special phones lines with reduced call rates.
In his words:
“I believe this will help improve the standard of education provided by the school through access to the vast information and resources on the internet. The phone lines, I believe, will help the teachers and principal communicate better towards the advancement of the school. As I only try to do my own quota, may God Almighty reward you and past teachers of this school for your immeasurable contributions towards developing leaders and the future of Enugu and Nigeria.”
The school principal, Reverend (Dr.) Father Nnamdi Nwankwo, while welcoming Flavour and his team over the visit and philanthropic gesture, said, “I am happy to have one of our great products here today sharing his testimony about the thoroughness, depth of knowledge and fear of God with which we trained our students in the past and even now. For all of you, Flavour’s story should be a great impetus for you to excel in your studies. We appreciate you and wish you more successes”.
The amiable and humble crooner whose several hit songs are currently enjoying impressive airplay across the globe graduated from the school in 2000 and has expressed plans to bring more development through his newly established Mr. Chinedu Okoli Music Foundation in the school and beyond.