Singer, Mr Leo, urges music school graduates to be role models.

Renowned singer, Mr. Leo, has urged graduating artists from his music school, Lion Academy, to make a difference, be role models and use their art for good. 

A total of 20 artists graduated from the academy. This was during an event staged at the French Institute in Yaounde. 



The event took place March 13. Mr Leo has expressed joy and gratitude to the graduates and the partners that the event possible.

They include the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, CFLI, Local Youth Corner, LOYOC, The Festival Institute of Malawi and The French Institute Cameroon.

He disclosed that the main aim of the academy is to grow and develop local talents so they can do more and impact more.

“Following our desire to give back and bring change in the community, our mission remains to build a platform we can call home where young people can come and build skills, acquire knowledge and experiences they need to navigate through the cultural and entertainment scene, grow their businesses, and provide bigger and better solutions,” the artist said.

Representing the High Commissioner of Canada to Cameroon at the ceremony was the Political Counsellor at the High Commission, Marcus Davies.

The representative of the High Commissioner said by supporting the initiative, Canada is playing its role in supporting local Cameroonian talent “because Cameroon is blessed with so much talent”.

Political Counsellor at High Commission, Marcus Davies, others during ceremony 

 

 

“To see an artist who has achieved so much success, reach back to support the next generation is so humbling and is something we should all celebrate because this is Cameroons success. Support these young and upcoming artists because when they go forward and achieve global fame, they become your ambassadors and shine Cameroons light,” he said.

One of the graduates, Princess Vinia, told reporters that the training will not only help her become a professional artist, but will enable her understand the business of music.

“As an indigenous singer, I want to remind people the importance of culture and urge them to embrace it because our culture is part of our identity,” she added.

Also present at the ceremony was the Executive Director of LOYOC, Achaleke Christian. He appreciated the initiative which he says will help foster peace and social cohesion. 

As a peace ambassador, Achaleke reminded the graduating artists of the power they have as artists and the impact they can make.

“Do not underestimate the power of entertainment. It has the power to bring change and promote living together,” Achaleke said.

The ceremony was accentuated by live performances from established and up and coming artists including Jean Louis Mbe, Ukëry, Kotto Boy and the final act by Mr Leo who graced the audience with his first single, ‘E Go Beta’.

Lion Academy has graduated 40 artists so far. They include 20 from the first batch and 20 from the second. Mr Leo is set to release a new studio album titled ‘Good Vibes’ on March 26.

Mr Leo has said the album offers a much-needed message of positivity in the current challenging times.

He has said, it reflects the everyday struggles people face in the country. The songs are tailored to make people believe that when there is life, there is hope.

 

 

 

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