It was an unlocking of creativity and talent as sixty (60) pupils from several schools in Lagos and Port Harcourt gathered to paint, and battle for prizes in the Yojus Painting Star contest themed: ‘Our Beautiful World’, on Saturday, 24th October at the NAN Media Centre, Iganmu. Lagos.
At the second edition of the Yojus Painting Star Contest, three pupils emerged winners in a process which was considered fair and transparent. The winners; Chiziteram Onyia, a primary five pupil from New Fountain School, Amuwo-Odofin emerged first; Iyoha Peculiar of Stee School, Festac came second, while Franc Uche Egbuchilam from Mbari Mbayo School, Jibowu emerged third..
Brand Manager, Yojus Fruit Drink, Foluke Makinde, drew attention to how Yojus as a brand refreshes, explores the colourful and fun loving nature of children and engages their imagination. She explained that one of the ways children love to express themselves is through painting and Ranona has used Yojus Painting Star Contest to help discover talents, get them noticed and rewarded.
Makinde added that: “Yojus will continue to organize this contest and we hope to make it even bigger by extending it to other cities next year”.
One of the judges of the contest, renowned Artist and Art Educator, Ibrahim Ganiyu commended Ranona for instituting the contest and encouraged its continuation.
He expressed his delight at being a part of the event, while also expressing that: “Events like this should be encouraged and repeated. The level of creativity displayed today is amazing; the theme has been well treated; the event is well organized. I had a lot of fun seeing the wonderful things that children can do when empowered with the right tools. This is a contest that should be held at least twice a year to encourage our children become creative thinkers.”
The winning painting by Chiziteram Onyia depicted a beach at sunset, which the judges described as a beautiful work with good space management, fantastic colour combination, creative, neat and with a proper interpretation of the theme.
The elated winners expressed their joy and thanked Yojus for organizing the contest, as they received cheques of cash prizes and gift vouchers of several months’ supply of Yojus fruit drink.