The Arts

March 5, 2017

Race for Sisi-Eko @50 kicks off in Lagos

Race for Sisi-Eko @50 kicks off in Lagos

•From left. Uzoma Dozie, CEO/MD Diamond Bank, Idiat Adebule, Deputy Gov. Lagos State, Prof Wole Soyinka (VOTC initiator) and Ingo Herbert,German Consul General,Nigeria

The journey of who wins the 2017 star prize of Diamond bank sponsored annual Vision of The Child, VoTC competition with the theme “Sisi-Eko@50: Ageing Gracefully or Na So So Pancake?kicked off last week with the announcement of the modalities by the organisers.  This edition is specially designed to celebrate the 50th birthday anniversary of Lagos, by showcasing the rich intellectual resources of its children and youths.

Over 2000 children from primary and secondary schools, ages between 8 -12 years have benefited from VoTC since inception but this edition is open to all ages.

•From left. Uzoma Dozie, CEO/MD Diamond Bank, Idiat Adebule, Deputy Gov. Lagos State, Prof Wole Soyinka (VOTC initiator) and Ingo Herbert,German Consul General,Nigeria

The year-long Lagos@50 celebration was formally flagged off by His Excellency the Governor of Lagos, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on May 27, 2016 during the gala award night of the 2016 edition of the VoTC. The edition produced fifty (50) student finalists, who had emerged from over 250 contestants (from over 50 participating schools) in both Literary and Painting competitions.

The 2017 Edition is bringing together 50 past winners from 2012 till 2016 . They will be required to search through Lagos State for any feature that best illustrates the Festival motto: Enhance The Heritage:Advance The Future. Participants to be, as usual, drawn from schools from all parts of Lagos, would then produce a literary piece — essay, story, poem etc — of their choice—; providing further exposition on the choice.

According to Foluke Michael, project Director, VoTC, the 50 past winners are expected to make their creative presentation before a live audience by April 2017. They will go through series of training, networking and group pairing in the form of a reality show before their final presentation before a live audience.

The participants are expected to begin their project work from the 21st of February by registering online (www.visionofthechild.com.ng) through their customized page. Submission will be opened till 31st of March and on Saturday May 3, the 50 Past Winners of “Vision of the Child” (VoTC), will participate in a live Painting and Literary Arts competition at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. The VoTC exhibition will be opened formally later in the month of May; followed by an Award Dinner on the 27th of May 2017. The Vision of The Child is a yearly programme, inaugurated April 2012 with the theme ‘The Vision of the Child’.