Nine winners have emerged at the 11th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest 2017, a 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.
According to a statement by Toyota Nigeria Limited, the 11th Dream Car Art Contest was held in Nigeria on the 11th of February, 2017 in Abuja and Port-Harcourt, respectively, and in Lagos on the 25th of February, 2017. Accreditation started at 8:00am to 9:30am and the contest commenced at 10:00am. Children came from different schools and states to share their concepts about the future of mobility by drawing their dream cars in the contest. The contest comprises of age categories which are: Under 8 years’ old; 8-11 years and 12-15 years.
In Abuja, 297 children participated, 266 participated in Port-Harcourt and 559 participated in Lagos. Three winners emerged from each category in Port-Harcourt, Abuja and Lagos centers. Three national finalists from each category (9 winners in all) emerged after the rigorous assessment of entries from the three drawing centers. All the winning entries were judged based on the originality, creativity, environmental friendliness, safety and futuristic concept in their drawings.
The successful children were invited to the award of prize and certificate ceremony at Toyota (Nigeria) Limited corporate headquarters, Lekki on the 25th of March, 2017. Among the nine winners, two were from Port-Harcourt and seven from Lagos. The winner’s parents, teachers and well-wishers were entertained and winners went home with Laptops, other corporate gifts and most importantly, winner’s certificate.
In attendance on the high table were the Managing Director of Toyota (Nigeria) Limited, Head of Marketing Department, Mr. Andrew Ajuyah, Marketing Manager, Mr. Bayo Olawoyin and the Public Relations Manager, Mrs. Bukunola Ogunnusi.
Mrs. Ogunnusi briefly introduced the winners before the audience. The Managing Director gave a welcoming speech, thanking everyone for attending the event and congratulated the winners. He added that one of the winners in the 2018 contest would be sponsored by Toyota (Nigeria) Limited to visit Japan.
The winners gave presentation of their drawings, which explains the concept of their drawings respectively, they also urged Toyota to manufacture their dream car in the future.
One of the winners Ifunanya Nwankwo gave vote of thanks on behalf of the others and expressed appreciation for the occasion and thanked the Managing Director and Toyota (Nigeria) Limited for the opportunity given to them to demonstrate their talents. This was later followed by three other parents of the winners who also expressed their gratitude towards the event and Toyota Management.