Young aspiring singer-songwriter Mary Senganda, from Harrow, was star-struck when she had the opportunity to meet her favourite music idol, Tinie Tempah.
The 17-year-old musician, who has been performing for two years and hopes to be an established musician in the future, was attending the National Citizen Service Youth Board Meeting in London where she was shocked to see her favourite singer.
Tinie Tempah surprised the National Citizen Service graduates at the event, announcing his involvement as an ambassador for the organisation.
Mary Senganda said: “I'm a big fan of Tinie so to meet him in the flesh was fantastic! Tinie told us about his musical journey and setbacks, which as a musician myself was a really unique insight.
“His advice has given me greater confidence and resolve to further my musical ambitions. It's really comforting to know that a Brit award winner like Tinnie still has the same concerns that I have – wondering whether your songs can sell records and how to impress the music industry.”
Tinie talked about the skills he uses every day as a musician, entrepreneur and fashion designer. He related these skills back to the teens at NCS, working in a team, leadership skills, learning to mix with new people, planning a project and presentation skills.
He said: “When I was growing up I was lucky enough to realise my musical talents and given the opportunity to pursue them. Unfortunately today's teens don't have the same opportunities.
“I can appreciate how valuable this experience is in giving teens the confidence and self-belief to uncover their hidden talents. NCS equips young people with the skills they need to follow their dreams.”