By Okafor Joseph- Friday, October 13,2017 @ 5:17 PM
NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture has announced Isokpan Elliot Osaivbie and Nwadike Chizoba as the winners of this year’s National Art competition for the secondary schools.
The event was held on Thursday, October 12th, 2017, at Muson Centre Onikan, Lagos.
With this development, they are to pocket N100, 000 and N75,000 annually respectively in addition to a scholarship Award for this year NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture competition.
The theme for this year’s competition, ‘The Nigeria Spirit” is intended to inspire and engender a sense of ownership and commitment to Nigeria which aligns with our corporate goals of promoting human and social development and was organized in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Education.
Speaking at the event, Mr.Jeff Ewing , Chairman/ Managing Director , Chevron Nigeria Limited, who was represented by Esimaje Brikinn the General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs,(PGPA) stated the important of the competition.
According to him, Art competition is an enduring investment in education that helps students to think outside the box, move beyond boundaries and seek multiple ways to proffer solutions. It is also, an investment that is aimed at improving the lives of our young stars.
While giving the definition of Art, he stated that it is a means of the following expression; it is a window into the human mind. It grants us access to abstract expressions of human thoughts impressed upon canvas and various forms of arts.
Esimeje further stated that Art can also help in mental, physical and creative development of children. This he said points to the fact that the more we encourage these young ones to recreate their beautiful and thought-provoking imaginations in a visible form, the more they grow to become problem solvers for our society because problem-solving requires creative thinking he noted.
In his words, we believe this is one way to ensure a better society and Chevron has continued to demonstrate its commitment through various social investments, ranging from education, health, to economic empowerment.
Esimaje further stressed out that every nation needs creative minds to continually move forward and break boundaries. It is in this regard that this year’s edition of this year’s National Art Competition was themed: The Nigerian Spirit to stimulate the creative and problem- solving goldmine in our Nigerian kid-artists. For our nation to move forward we need the minds of our kids stretched to the point where they begin to undertake challenges as champ. This will lead to a better Nigeria.
In Concluding, Esimaje Brikinn, The General Manager, Policy and Government Affairs,(PGPA)
Commended the Panel of Judges for the numerous entries and for selecting the winners of the categories. I can only imagine the level of thoroughness that must have gone into the screening process.
To our winners of these years, National Art Competition has proven that they are the true representative of our great country Nigeria. I congratulate them with sincerity and respect for their courage to venture into a competition where hundreds of participants despite knowing the outcome were.
Lastly, let’s not forget the parents of this young artist who provided a balanced environment for them to develop their art craft and providing continuous support and encouragement. Kudos to the teachers who have guided these ones on the right path and helped shapes their minds to express the full extents of their artistic prowess.
On his part, Mr. Roland Ewubare, Group General Manager, NAPIMS, at the Art Exhibition/giving ceremony commend the effort of NNPC/Chevron who in partnership with the government and stakeholders for making the annual event possible, and has also proven commitment to promoting quality education in Nigeria.
Roland said that the NNPC/Chevron is committed to unlocking the potentials of our youths and promoting creativity. Through creativity involved in this project, they have been able to promote patriotism for Nigeria in every child from an early stage.
The Honorable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, in his speech stated, we express our appreciation for our relationship/partnership with the NNPC/CNL Joint Venture on their initiative to sponsor this National Art Competition for Children(our leaders ) in Private, State and Federal Government- owned Secondary Schools.
This auspicious project from inception has enjoyed an undivided attention and support from us because according- Lady Bird Johnson ‘Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them’. We believe strongly in this success and future of every child knowing fully that are education is an internal part of the human and societal development at large he added.
The Minister also noted that to continually make headway in art as a nation; we must tutor our children to become creative thinkers and champions not just training them to become good employees. Hence, we need a rich and enormous curriculum for art that exposes our children to all essential-fundamental knowledge they need that will help them significant foot print in the field of art. This competition is one of those things that would stimulate the interest of art minds of our champions and broaden their minds, enabling them to be more creative.
Naiaja247news in an interview with lsokpan Elliot Osaivbie a student form UniBen Demonstration Secondary School Ugbowow Campus Benin Edo State. Who won N100,000 annually and Scholarship Award for the Senior category of the National Art Competition. According to Him today is the happiest day of my life for winning this award. I delegate this award to God and also to my teachers for their encouragement and support.
Elliot, from Edo State, further revealed is plans to advance is Art career at the University level and also commend Chevron and NNPC for making this dream a reality.
Nwadike Chizoba a student of Redeemed Peoples Academy, Jos Plateau State, According to him I’m super excited for making it to the final and also for winning the Junior category section
I sincerely appreciate the effort of my Art teacher for standing beside me from the beginning to the end and for believing in me.
Chizoba, a native of Anambra who won N75,000 annually and a Scholarship also appreciated the effort of Chevron for organizing the Art Competition program and for using this platform to discover young talent in Nigeria.