By Prisca Sam-Duru
On Saturday May 3, the 50 Past Winners of ”Vision of the Child” (VOTC) participated in a live Painting and Literary Arts competition at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. This birthed the stunning works exhibited at the Civic Centre Hall during the Award night.
Held in continuation of the celebration of Lagos @ 50, the exhibition was declared open on May 27 shortly before the award/gala night kicked-off. This according to the organisers was planned to strategically coincide with the World Children Day celebration. The works from the VOTC competition will subsequently be exhibited at different locations for a period of one year.
The children’s effort at interpreting their thoughts about Lagos was amazing. Contestants who performed the spoken word were simply as amazing as those in the visual art category. However, a particular work caught the fancy of viewers and that was TitiloyeTitiloba Michael’s titled “Advancement in Waste Management” Employing materials such as wire gauze, super glue, cartons, empty cans etc., all waste products, Michael’s message was a passionate appeal to concerned authorities on the need to save our environment through recycling and proper waste management.
The project consultant, Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka, congratulated all winners saying that they have all proven themselves as really marvelous creative minds.