Hip hop artists Krept X Konan added A-list stardust to Croydon Council’s annual schools awards evening when they turned up as surprise special guests.
Over 200 children from secondary schools across the borough were treated to the cameo appearance as part of the Croydon Secondary Schools’ Awards 2016 at Fairfield Halls.
The award-winning Croydon-born pair, who have already won twice at the Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards and once at the MTV Awards, handed out around 50 of the schoolchildren’s awards at Thursday’s event before signing autographs for their young fans in the audience.
The council-run awards, which were introduced by the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Patricia Hay-Justice, recognised pupils who have excelled for their school in the last year, with the 15 categories ranging from individual academic subjects to serving the community.
“As a former Croydon student myself, I think it is important that we recognise the talent, inspiration and commitment that our young people have. I want each and every one of them to be like our award winners and be able to say ‘I am a person who can’.”
Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning
The special guest appearance comes weeks after council leader Councillor Tony Newman announced a new joint venture with Krept X Konan’s Positive Youth Direction, which will give local secondary schoolchildren a range of music industry-related tips and skills at workshops including song-writing, sound engineering and graphic design.