Nnadi, Iluebbey emerge winners of NNPC/Chevron National Arts Competition
Winners have emerged in the 2018 NNPC/CNL Joint Venture National Art competition for Nigerian secondary school students, themed “Nigeria of my dream.”
The 13th edition of the contest, brought together 20 winners from various secondary schools across the country to Lagos, out of which senior secondary school three student of Government Technical College, Enugu, Enugu State, Nnadi Chijioke Franklin, came top with a work, titled: “The future I see.”
Eche-George Ugoeze and Omiponle Prosper, both of Charles Dale Memorial International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, came second and third with entries titled: “Nostalgia” and “Solar City,” respectively.
In the junior secondary school category are Iluebbey Osize Godson (JSS 3) and Njoku Chidubem Kennedy, both of University of Benin Demonstration Secondary School, Benin City, and Majekodunmi Harry of Murtala Muhammed Airport School, Ikeja, Lagos State, who emerged first, second and third.
Nnadi, winner of the secondary school art award received a cash scholarship of N100, 000 while his counterpart at the junior level, Iluebbey, also got N100, 000 cash as scholarship. Second and third position winners in the junior and senior secondary school categories, got N75, 000 cash each as scholarship.
Chairman/Managing Director, Chevron Nigeria Mid-Africa Business Unit, Mr. Jeff Ewing, who was represented by the General Manager Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Mr. Esimaje Brikinn, said the art competition enables the students to think outside the box, move beyond boundaries and seek different ways to proffer solutions.
He stated that it is also an investment that is aimed at improving the lives of the young stars, adding that they rewarded the champions with a full scholarship package to encourage them to keep excelling in their chosen academic field.”
Ewing said the competition is to stimulate the creative and problem-solving goldmine in Nigerian kid-artists, adding “for a nation to move forward, we need the minds of our kids to be stretched to the point where they begin to undertake challenges as champions, as this will lead to a better Nigeria.”
Also, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who was represented by the Principal, Kings College, Lagos, Kolawole Sola, while congratulating the winners for their remarkable feat, stressed that the FME would continue to collaborate with the companies to sustain the competition.
Sola also revealed that the ministry is to evolve policies that will support a revolutionary change in education, while assuring that the Federal Government will continue to cherish such support for giving Nigerian youth a future.
The Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) Mr. Roland Ewubare, who was represented by Mrs. Olubunmi Lawson, commended the NNPC/CNL and other stakeholders for making this year’s event possible and also for demonstrating its commitment to promoting and advancing quality education in Nigeria.