Toyota (Nigeria) Limited for the third year running organised the annual Dream Car Art Contest amongst Nigerian children. This aims at availing them with the opportunity to give expression to their budding creative talents with a view to showcasing them to the world.
Last month, over one thousand children enlisted in the contest held in Abuja and Port Harcourt centres respectively while children resident in Lagos and its environs took their turn to draw their own dream cars. Participation in the contest spanned through primary and secondary school students cutting across three different age categories; children under 10 years, ages 10 to 12 and ages 13 to 15.
Renowned art teachers and professionals converged in each of the centres to carefully select three winning entries from each category. From the 27 winning entries selected from the three centres, nine winning entries were finally selected using environmental friendliness, futuristic and originality as criteria. These entries will be forwarded to Japan to represent Nigeria at the global contest.
While Abdulsalam Abdulbasit led the pack in the category 1 (of under 10 years),Yahaya, Hephziba, Ikpeme took the second position and Bello Odunayo Adejoke came third. In the category 2 of children aged under-12, Idusogie Osarhuguemwen emerged winner as Oluyadi Ayomikun Opemipo and Iyke-Oguchukwu Glory Mercy emerged first and second runners up respectively. In the category 3 (under 15), Ulasika Ifeanyi Stanley came tops while Awurumibe Michael Dubby and Igben Joseph Ifeanyi came second and third respectively.
At the awards presentation ceremony held in Toyota (Nigeria) Limited head office Lekki Lagos, Chandrasheker Thampy, the managing director congratulated the nine winners who emerged from among over 1,000 children who took part in the contest across the federation.
The managing director also thanked their parents and teachers for encouraging their wards to participate in the laudable project and promised that the company would continue to identify with such projects that will give needed boost to the mental growth of the Nigerian child. He said this will go a long way in securing a great future for the country.
In his vote of thanks, KunleAde-Ojo, executive director, Toyota (Nigeria) Limited, noted that this year’s winning entries have been the best so far produced by Nigeria. He therefore expressed optimism that at least one of them should be able to do the country proud in Japan. Winners were later presented with laptops as well as the company branded souvenirs by the TNL.
Should any of the nine entries from Nigeria win at the global contest, the child accompanied by a parent or legal guardian will have the opportunity to travel to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to attend the award ceremony which will feature presentation of Special Jury’s Award as well as world’s Finalist Award by the President of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC).