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RnB singer Shaun Escoffery wins award for achievements since leaving Barking and Dagenham College

PUBLISHED: 12:18 22 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:18 22 January 2018

Lion King star Shaun Escoffery (Pic credit: Dome Records)

Lion King star Shaun Escoffery (Pic credit: Dome Records)

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Barking and Dagenham College alumni and RnB singer Shaun Escoffery was given a prestigious Association of Colleges’ Gold Award for his achievements.

Lion King actor Shaun Escoffery studied performing arts at Barking & Dagenham College in the 1990s. Picture credit: BDC. Lion King actor Shaun Escoffery studied performing arts at Barking & Dagenham College in the 1990s. Picture credit: BDC.

Shaun, who is in his 40s, studied performing arts at the college in the 1990s and is also a successful songwriter and actor who played the lead role of Mufasa in the London production of The Lion King.

Shaun, along with four other alumni from colleges across the country, was recognised at a ceremony held at the House of Commons last week.

He said: “It’s such an honour to be put forward for one of these awards.

“It just shows the impact that the college had on me. It’s only now that I look back and realise how much I learnt.

“That experience is invaluable and I still use those skills I learnt back then in my daily life now.”

During his college years Sean became friends with fellow student Idris Elba who has gone on to be a successful Hollywood actor.

Yvonne Kelly, Barking & Dagenham College’s principal and CEO, said: “We are delighted that Shaun’s success and achievements have been recognised.

“The college provided an environment to recognise and nurture his talent and the award provides an opportunity to celebrate the impact the college has had on his life and the lives of our students.”

The Gold Awards celebrate the success of further education alumni.

David Hughes, chief executive of the Association of Colleges said: “Colleges provide a fantastic array of opportunities and it is an honour to be able to recognise those who have built on their time at college to shape a successful career.

“Congratulations to our Gold Award winners – I wish them all the very best for the future.”

Other winners of the 2017 award included BBC reporter Sima Kotecha and theatre director Phillip Breen.

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