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Students warned against drug usage at inter-school Music Competition

By Kehinde Olatunji
17 November 2022   |   3:08 am
The occasion was the grand finale of the National Inter-School Music competition and Academic Award (NISMCAA) tagged: ‘Say No To Drugs’ held at the NUT Pavilion, Alausa Ikeja.

Students from various schools in Lagos have been warned against the use of illicit drugs as they could destroy their future.
 

 
The occasion was the grand finale of the National Inter-School Music competition and Academic Award (NISMCAA) tagged: ‘Say No To Drugs’ held at the NUT Pavilion, Alausa Ikeja.
  
Among the schools that participated in the final competition were Honeyland School, Fluorescent School, Imperial Lights College, Kunlop Royal College, and Westminster College.
  
Speaking on the theme for this year’s competition, Executive Director of NISMCAA, Olubunmi Adebowale, who represented the Founder and President, Olushola Adebowale, said the aim of the competition was to use music as a moral tool against vices in society.
  
She added that the competition, which started in 2009 among public and private secondary schools, was to give students the opportunity to showcase their talent and get discovered, with the introduction of the academic award as a way of rewarding academic excellence in schools using music as a tool.

Olubunmi further said students who participated in the past had gotten scholarships, endorsements and opportunities to perform at major music concerts.
  
She said the theme of ‘Say No To Drugs,’ was chosen to address and seek solutions to illicit drug usage by Nigerian youths.”
    
The Project Coordinator, Adetokunbo Kashim, said the competition was put together ‘to let the world know we have to say no to drug abuse.’
  
He further urged the government to invest in music lessons in public schools, while lamenting the non-availability of music teachers in public schools and called for government collaboration in the competition.
   
Imperial Lights College emerged winner of this year’s competition in the Schools Group Category with a cash prize of N150, 000, while the first and second runners-up won N100, 000 and N75,000 respectively.
  
Adesola Olumide of Honeyland School came first in the Individual Student Category mimicking the late Fela Anikulapo dance performance.