The management of Toyota Nigeria Limited (TNL) has sent the best nine drawings to Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Japan for assessment.
This follows the final selection of the best nine drawings by TNL in the 2019 edition of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest organised annually for teenagers and children of between the ages of under 8, 8-11 years and 12-15 years.
The 13th edition was held in Nigeria on different dates in Abuja, Port-Harcourt and in Lagos respectively. Accreditation and contest involving many children from different schools and states across Nigeria started in the morning to share their concepts about the future of vehicular mobility by drawing their dream cars in the contest.
Record of attendees indicates that the number of children that participated in the contest are as follows Abuja 290, Port Harcourt 361 and Lagos 450.
At the end of the programme, three winners emerged from each category in Port-Harcourt, Abuja and Lagos centers respectively; making a total of twenty-seven (27) winners from the three zones.
Out of this number, three national finalists from each category were selected, bringing the total of winners to nine winners that emerged after the rigorous assessment of entries from the three drawing centers.
All the winning entries were judged based on the originality, creativity (the big idea behind the drawing), environmental friendliness, safety and futuristic concept in their drawings.
The nine winners were invited to the award of prize and certificate ceremony at Toyota (Nigeria) Limited corporate headquarters, Lekki on March 30, 2019.
Among the nine winners, four were from Port-Harcourt, three from Abuja, and two from Lagos. The winners’ parents, teachers and well-wishers were entertained and winners went home with Laptops, other corporate gifts and winner’s certificate.
The TDCAC is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative of Toyota Motor Corporation Japan to develop the innate artistic talent in children and to cultivate an enduring relationship with them. Toyota distributors and dealers alike globally have keyed into this initiative because of its acceptance and impact on children’s psyche the world over.
In his speech, Kunle Ade.Ojo, managing director of Toyota (Nigeria) Limited expressed the company’s resolve to continue to support this laudable CSR initiative.
He said Toyota (Nigeria) Limited believes in tapping into the minds of children towards helping them realize their God-given talent and express it positively. He added that the platform will help build the confidence of these budding artists and future leaders in the creative world’’.
He expressed high hopes that one of the local winners will win on the Toyota global platform and added that Toyota will continue to organize the contest annually as long as it remains relevant to our CSR objectives.
Each winner presented his/her drawing; explaining the concept of their drawings typified the guidelines of originality, creativity, environmental friendliness, safety and future relevance. respectively, they also urged Toyota to manufacture their dream car in the future.
Responding, one of the winners; Ebelechukwu Onyejekwe thanked the organizers on behalf of the entire winners and expressed her gratitude to TNL for the opportunity given to them to exhibit their talents.
Abdulbasit Bolaji Bakare, one of the parents and school proprietor thanked the management of Toyota (Nigeria) Limited for giving the children the opportunity to exhibit their creativity. He opined that the event would leave an indelible and sweet memory in the minds of the children.
In attendance during the event Andrew Ajuyah, head of marketing department, Bukunola Ogunnusi, public relations manager, Adebayo Olawoyin, the marketing manager.