ROLE MODEL RAPPER IS 02 AMBASSADOR
Young musician given honour at the telecom firm’s Think Big launch event
A POPULAR Bucks rap star who is seen as a role model by the county’s teenagers has been made an O2 youth ambassador.
Michael Kamara, 24, from Chesham, known to fans as Mikar-The-Vipar, was among the distinguished guests invited to the prestigious O2 Think Big level two launch event in London.
The networking event, which is funded by O2 Telefonica, celebrates and showcases some of the charity projects run by youths across the UK.
Mikar, who is now a youth ambassador for the company and has had three consecutive charting songs on the iTunes World Chart, praised the UK’s second largest telecom provider.
The grateful star, who became the first Bucks artist to have a number one in August, told attendees: “The success to any nation is the investment in youth.
“I don’t think any of our youths across the country or the world should ever be vilified or frowned upon by society.
“We should find ways to support our youths, especially those from deprived areas.
“From my own personal experience, as a kid growing up in Pond Park, Chesham, it was very painful to constantly read negative articles about my area in the regional press.
“We, the Pond Park youths, felt alienated and discountenanced by society.
“As an O2 youth ambassador, I’m a firm believer in the youths.
“I fully support the company’s initiative to continuously invest millions of pounds into projects across the UK.
“It’s not very often you see big corporations like O2 Telefonica supporting and giving back to local communities.
“Not only does O2 Thinkbig support youth projects, it also gives them a chance to network and be employed by several multi billion pound companies.
“I can testify that O2 has been one of my best supporters.
“In 2011, a young hungry Mikar was given the opportunity of a lifetime to support artists I watched on television and aspired to be like in front of thousands. O2 also helped expand my network capability.”