80,000 Pupils To Compete For Spectacular Prizes In Indomie Art Competition
80,000 children drawn from over 1,000 schools in the country are expected to jostle for prizes including N1.5 million scholarships at the first stage of the second season of the Indomie Interschool Art Competition.
Tagged My mum like no other, the event entails schoolchildren, 12-years or younger, making drawings of their mothers, which are then submitted through their schools for consideration and reward.
According to Mr Tope Ashiwaju, Public Relations Manager, Dufil Prima Foods, Plc, makers of Indomie, the competition was instituted for fun and engage the skills and ingenuity of children.
“We were looking to come up with an idea that would encourage the children to explore their artistic sides and enable them express their love for their mummies while fostering the spirit of healthy competition. But we also wanted a break from the norm, so, instead of settling for a quiz show or contest, Indomie inaugurated the ‘My Mum like no other’ Art Competition where the children could have fun expressing them selves and be rewarded for it,” he said.
In addition to the 950 schools registered in Lagos and its environs, Asiwaju said there are 160 schools in Abuja
The schools commended Indomie for the initiative, saying it has energised their academic work and given the children an exercise they eagerly devoted time and energy to.
Speaking to reporters, the Proprietress, Precious Feet Nursery and Primary School, Surulere, Mrs. Paulina Akporu, said she has observed the zeal with which the children have approached the competition.
“While our pupils have always enjoyed their schoolwork, we have noticed that their eyes light up whenever they are asked to bring out their paper and pencils.
“We are grateful to Indomie for an idea like this which has helped the children discover the talents within them that may have otherwise remained hidden.”
Nine-year-old Chukwuemeka Dubem, like many of his peers, drew a sketch of his mother in traditional attire. His attention to detail has already stood him out in the competition.
Dubem, who wants to be an artist, said his brother taught him how to draw.
Another pupil, Umar Farouk Mohammed of Lively Kiddies’ Nursery and Primary School, Itire, Lagos, may also get a chance to prove himself. His sketch of his mother was praised by his mates and teachers.