The 2015 Art Competition for Nigerian Secondary Schools rounded off recently in Lagos with six contestants emerging tops. Sponsored by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Chevron Nigerian Ltd. in a joint venture partnership, the event which climaxed with award and exhibition ceremony at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, saw the six top finalists winning various amounts of money prices in the competition staged in two categories of junior and senior secondary schools.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the Chevron Managing Director represented by the general manager, social performance and planning, Mr. Tunji Idowu noted that 600 entries were received from about 400 schools, adding that 20 made it to the final. He said it was the intention of Chevron to continue encouraging the schools continued participation in the competition.
In his welcome address, the Chairman/managing director Chevron, Mr. Clay Neff, described this year’s entries as very imaginative and beautiful even as he expressed the company’s hope that the programme would assist some of the participants in future solve the challenge of how to remain creative through the even as they grow older.
On why Chevron, an oil and gas company is sponsoring arts, Mr. Neff said that it is about celebrating the arts in line with the company’s social investment programmes which are aimed at contributing to the development of education, health and socio-economy, pointing out that: “Moreover, at Chevron, we hold diversity as one of our core values. Diversity is not just a buzz word to us; we value and encourage diversity of thoughts and perspectives.
This, by partnering with the Federal Ministry of Education to sponsor the National Art Competition, we are keeping faith with the company’s values of partnership and respect for culture and diversity.” He further noted that the sponsorship was also aimed at giving participants the opportunity to express their multiple perspectives of our environment as there are many ways to see and interpret the world, and hone their skills.