SPAN & SCOA Nigeria PLC Rewards Volunteer Trainee Instructor at SPAN with Full Scholarship

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“Hard work does not go unnoticed, and someday the rewards will surely follow”…And so that day has come For Wisdom Ukpe Udeoka Justin who began his journey with us At SPAN as one of the pioneer students of the SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary Music. After his training, Wisdom served with the foundation for 2 years without pay and even volunteered at SPAN events with the kind of dedication and commitment we can only marvel at. He later became a trainee instructor at the academy.
In 2015, as a reward for his dedication towards the preparation of the prestigious SPAN@10 celebrations, Wisdom was given full scholarship to study and obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts at the renowned Lebanese American University in Lebanon.
As he leaves us today to begin his scholarship studies at LAU, we at SPAN will miss him greatly. We appreciate him deeply for his tireless devotion towards our pursuits and we thank him for honoring us with his contributions towards the music academy. We look forward to his future accomplishments in the performing arts.
We would like to specially thank SCOA Nigeria PLC for sponsoring this project. Also Dr Nashat Mansour and Dr. Nadra Assaf of LAU for partnering with us to make it happen. 

 

The Night of Block 13

It was an awesome evening when SPAN held everyone spellbound at the first presentaiton of its Music, Dance and Drama production titled ‘Block 13 – A Tale of Hope, Love & Wonders’.

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The event took place at the 2016th edition of the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Festival on October 21st, 2016 at the AGIP Recital Hall, MUSON Centre, Lagos.

Prior to the show, a dance workshop held in the early hours of the day with SPAN Dance instructors giving out free dance classes in different genres of dance.

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Apart from the intensive dance classes given for free, the workshop participants were also given the opportunity to perform in the opening performance of ‘Block 13’

VIP guests were treated to canapes and cocktails at 6.30 pm while the show opened at 7.pm with a lot of performing arts enthusiasts and dignitaries in attendance.

SPAN Founder/ Chairperson, Mrs Sarah Boulos giving her welcome address

SPAN Founder/ Chairperson, Mrs Sarah Boulos giving her welcome address

 

Spoken Word Poet, Donna Ogunaike performing...

Spoken Word Poet, Donna Ogunaike performing…

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Guest Artiste, Jennifer Ohia

Guest Artiste, Jennifer Ohia

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‘Block 13’ is the gripping story of a group of people who lives different lives, have different aspirations but found themselves bound together by the common hope they found in the building, Block 13

 

 

SPAN In The Spotlight – when BBC World News came calling

The day started like every other normal day. Music classes were going on. Dancers either in their classes or choreographing and learning new dance routines, with music from boom boxes in the background, when a call came through on the office phone. It was a pleasant female voice laced with a lovely foreign accent. She was calling from the BBC World News Channel asking if they could come to do a story on SPAN. Of course, we said, Yes…absolutely!IMG_20160426_090100

 

 

For us at SPAN, there was a feeling of excitement and more importantly, it made us realize that while we are busy doing what we know how to do, creating a platform where talents in music, dance, drama, spoken word, visual arts e.t.c can be grown, and nurtured, the world was watching and taking note. It gave us a sense of fulfillment.

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A day was fixed for the BBC World News crew to come film the classes we offer and also interview SPAN founder, Mrs. Boulos on how this amazing vision started. They were to film her class as she teaches Ballet.

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And so the day came, and at 9.10am, arriving slightly late due to traffic, but in good spirits with an exciting voice to match was a lovely looking lady wearing a yellow sundress, all smiles. It was Lerato Mbele, the fabulous presenter of ‘Africa Business Report’ on the BBC World News Channel with a 2-man crew.

They were given a tour of the community centre which houses SPAN’s Academy of Dance and the Academy of Music. They excitedly set up, eager to see the kind of performances they will be filming. Because of the time allotted, they could only take the full ballet class with Mrs Boulos and a 1 minute Naija Urban dance routine. Lerato suggested that since ballet is going to be indoors, if the Naija Urban dance performance could be filmed outside on the streets would be fantastic, and we ended up doing just that.

So once, everything was planned, the actual interview and filming was easy and fun, despite some ‘electricity hiccups’ and clearing the streets to film the dance performance.

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Mrs Boulos, as usual, was a delight during her interview, and it was inspiring watching her tell the SPAN story again.

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2 hours later,the BBC crew, satisfied with their footage. Lerato, who was so excited about the SPAN vision, said she was going to tell her Nigerian friends to assist in the cause to build a world class Performing Arts Center where dreams are created and realized. In her words “The SPAN story is so beautiful and easy to tell, I can almost breathe the passion of what you do here ”

And so amidst plenty goodbyes and waves, the crew left.

3 days later, our story was aired, both online and on BBC World News Channel .

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This is just the beginning.