Prince Harry’s day out in Nottingham saw the royal treated to a rap master class, the session part of the Full Effect programme at Nottingham Academy.
Harry greeted 11-eyear-old pupil Newton Mwaniki with a fist-bump before sitting down to listen in on the session. It was evident the youngsters were delighted to have the opportunity to meet with the prince and show off their skills.
After treating Prince Harry to a performance of a self-composed rap Newton said: ‘It was a great feeling to be able to rap for the prince. I don’t think many people get to fist-bump him, so that was amazing. I think he thought my bars were sick – we are Gs (gangstas) for life now.’
His excitement was mirrored in comments from classmate Linden-Wayne Rose (also 11) who said: ‘It was really good to have Harry here and to perform for him. It’s been really excellent.’
Full Effect youth worker Seren Russell, 20, said: ‘All the hard work you do all year round, the relationships you forge, it’s brilliant to show it off and celebrate it…Harry was getting into it! The talents that these kids have, everyone gets into it. He’s showing a genuine interest, which helps elevate them and inspire them.’
Prince Harry – who was last in Nottingham four months ago – also sat in on a kickboxing session where he found out more about the program’s aims of supporting children and teenagers in St Ann’s in order to dissuade them from getting involved in gangs or youth violence. Speaking with mentor Cain Thomas, Harry got the opportunity to see the program in action as 10 pupils practised their sparring.
Though the rain was coming down, Harry was treated to a warm welcome as he met with school head Henry Kulaya, academic lead principal Ged Rae and a host of civic dignitaries including Lord Lieutenant Sir John Peace and Nottinghamshire County Council chairperson Yvonne Woodhead.
School head Henry Kulaya praised the prince’s visit for sending a message that students in disadvantaged areas aren’t forgotten. He said: ‘When you have someone of that status coming in engaging with young people, it sends a very strong message that you are not forgotten – you do matter. It’s very clear in that ethos “Every child matters”.’