By Japhet Alakam & Prisca Sam-Duru
In line with its corporate responsibility to the people, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Amila powdered soft drink organised a painting competition for young ones in primary schools in Lagos State tagged Amila Painting Challenge.
The competition which was flagged off last November in about 200 primary schools across 20 local government areas in Lagos State under the first stage of the competition came to an end at a ceremony held at the University of Lagos.
In the keenly contested competition, the panel of four judges unanimously adjudged the painting of Master Daniel Bankole, a basic six pupil of Joint Heirs Primary School, Fola Agoro, Shomolu, Lagos state as the overall best and was declared winner of the Amila Painting Challenge. He was followed by Master Chukwudi Kosi, a 13-year-old Basic six pupil of Subuola Nursery and Primary School, Lawanson, Surulere, Lagos state and Master Daniel Iwajomo, of St. Dominic Primary School, Yaba, Lagos.
The overall best went home with a cheque of N250,000, first runner up N150,000 while the second runner up got N100,000.
The other 12 contestants got consolation prizes of N30,000 each while arts teachers of the three best pupils got cash reward of N25,000 each and also the winning schools each, got art materials worth N250,000, among others.
About 15 pupils, representing 15 local government areas out of the 20 local government areas in Lagos state participated in the final stage of the competition which lasted for over one hour.
Earlier, in her address of welcome Mrs. Abiola Inawo, Manager, Brands Group, Food Enhancement & Beverages, Promasidor stated that the competition is all about making the children have fun. According to her, “the competition was in three stages, the first stage was at the school level where pupils painted any art of their choices. The winners from this level, represented their schools at the local government area for the second stage.
At the second stage, the overall winner from the local government level got a branded Amila bicycle and Promasidor goodie bags
The third phase, which was the grand finale of the competition was graced by representatives of the arts and culture from 20 educational districts under the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB.)
Amila powder soft drink was launched into the Nigerian market in March 2009. Launched in four flavours, Orange, Apple Pear, Mango Appricot and Strawberry Banana, and is targeted at kids but ideal for sharing by all members of the family. Amila currently sponsors the ‘Amila Spelling Bee’ on Cool FM 96.9 anchored by Manni.