Leighton is the eldest of three siblings.
The family moved to the island of Njoko in the north-east of the country when he was three years old.
He started playing the piano at around 14 and has been playing it since.
“I think the island has its own personality.
It’s different from Australia or New Zealand,” he said.
I really enjoy it.” “
People are really nice, people are always friendly and I love it.
I really enjoy it.”
Leighton says playing the instrument is not just about music but also about the social aspect of the island.
“Playing the piano, there’s always a lot of singing and dancing and people are happy to meet you and talk to you,” he says.
“They also like to talk about the island.”
The Island is home to a small community of more than 70 people, who have lived there for more than 50 years.
Leighton has also taken on a teaching role at a nearby high school.
“The kids come to me and say I’m like a teacher for them,” he laughed.
Leanne Boon, Leighton’s grandmother, has a similar view of the islands popularity.
“We love it here, but we still need the mainland,” she said. “
Leaneys sister, Jocelyn, says the islanders are the most friendly and welcoming people she’s met. “
We love it here, but we still need the mainland,” she said.
Leaneys sister, Jocelyn, says the islanders are the most friendly and welcoming people she’s met.
“My grandmother always said that the people on the island are like family,” she says.
Jocelynn Boon and her family live in Njokoa.
“For me, I love being able to go and meet them.””
Sometimes we’ll have to do something like clean up the beach or go to the beach to get the children to come,” she explains.
“For me, I love being able to go and meet them.”
The family is still active on the Island, and Leighton does not miss a chance to go to see his family. “
Every day I get a bit closer to them, they’re a part on my family.”
The family is still active on the Island, and Leighton does not miss a chance to go to see his family.
“You can feel a bit of pride, you feel like you belong there,” he explains.
“It’s like being in a family.
You know you’re doing it right, and you feel happy.”
Leanne says she feels like she can learn to be more self-sufficient, and she is looking forward to her daughter, Jo, turning 18 soon.