UK’s Natural History Museum celebrates 40 outstanding Nigerian students

The Natural History Museum, London,
United Kingdom has showcased artworks
from tot less than 40 Nigerian secondary
school students including 33 from 15
schools after standing out in a
competition that attracted thousands of
entries globally.
The outstanding students received
certificates and had their works exhibited
at the Natural History Museum, Flett
Theatre in UK.
The Global Canvas Art and Poetry
Competition for 2012, which attracted
around 2,000 entries from around the
world culminated in a wonderful
exhibition of work by 400 young artists
and poets at the Natural History Museum
in March.
This annual children’s competition is part
of David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s
Art for Survival programme established in
2004 to encourage young people to
express their concern for the
environment, and in particular the
endangered species through art.
In 2010, to mark DSWF’s 25th birthday,
the competition was extended to include a
poetry section to enable those whose
strength lies more in the written word
than the paintbrush to make their
Over the years the titles, which are always
on an environmental theme, have included
Fragile Planet; The Human Footprint;
Global Warning; Tomorrow’s World, S.O.S.
The title for 2013 was Fragile Future for
seven Students under the Umbrella of
PeekokYouth ARTS Initiatives recorded
great success.
15-year old Okeke Vivian and 16 year old
Ikechukwu Eze from Dowen College Lagos
won joint 3rd Prize in Age 14 – 16
categories, while Ochuba Arinze (15 years)
from Corona Secondary School, Agbara
won 2nd Prize in Age 14 – 16.
15-year old Oyindamola Shoola from
Nickdel College, Ibadan was Highly
Commended in the Age 14 – 16
catergories while Idowu Christopher (16
years) from AraromiIlogbo Senior
Secondary, Badagary, Lagos won Joint 2nd
Prize in Age 14 – 16categary as well.
Eze Lovelyn (15 years) and Oke Olayinka
Glory (15 years) from Oluwole Christ The
King College won Joint 1st Prize and 3rd
prize in the 14-16 category.
Meanwhile two students from the Kingdom
Heritage Model School, Ogba Lagos and
two others from Corona Schools,
Yenagowa, Agbara Lagos are set to travel
to Connecticut in the United States this
August for Exhibitions and Awards by The
US International Children Art program, an
Art exchange programme between
Nigerian schools and the US schools
culture sharing through arts.
The four year old exchange programme
under the Peekok Youth Arts Initiatives
was founded by Tunji Olu Akinloye with
support from artists including Oluwanbe
Amodu, Olawale Oguntoye and Segun

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