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National Museum, SNEPCO team up to encourage children artistic skills

The National Commission for Museums and Monuments, in conjunction with Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) held the grand finale of the National Arts Competition for Physically Challenged Children at the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos on Wednesday September 03.

The winner of the event, Hamza Mohammed of Demonstration School for Deaf Children got the 1st cash prize of N25,000 including the SNEPCo scholarship award. Consolation prizes of N15,000 went to Izuchukwu Ihebike,  2nd Prize winner and  N10,000.00 to Theophilus Okoro, 3rd Prize winner.

The 2008 edition of the National Arts Competition for Special Children started from 4th to 7th August with a zonal competition in the six geopolitical zones of the federation. The star event of the competition is the award of scholarships to the winners. The scholarship awards cover the duration of the winners’ secondary education.

Initiated in 2003, the bi-annual competition is aimed at exposing the inherent talents of physically challenged children, to motivate and encourage them to take their rightful place in society.

The Competition was restricted to the South-West Zone between 2003 and 2004. and assumed a national status in 2005 when it was staged in the six geopolitical Zones. SNEPCo made available a yearly sum of N100, 000.00 to the winners in the six geopolitical zones to cover tuition and other expenses. The competition has since its inception been solely sponsored by SNEPCo.

Chidi Chukwueke Business Relations Manager of SNEPCo, said, “Since the 1960s Shell has been engaged in community development initiatives in areas including education, agriculture, healthcare and infrastructure development. Today we are delighted for the unique opportunity to make another contribution as part of our social investment programme in Nigeria.

“The National Arts Competition for Physically Challenged Children brings youngsters from all over the country together in a stimulating environment to showcase their creativity and develop their artistic skills, and we are proud to be part of the future of the children.”