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Lagoon School lauds Aimua’s artistic prowess
Posted 7 years ago By Martins Uwoghiren

The Lagoon School, Lekki, has honored Aimua Osarieme Enadeghe, a 14- year-old female SS2 student for her artistic prowess which earned her second position in senior category at the just concluded National Art Competition for Nigerian Secondary Schools. The art annual contest which was Organized by the NNPC/Chevron joint venture in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education attracted 640 entries. However, 20 finalists made it to the grand finale.

Contestants’ works were adjudged based on ability to reflect and interpret the theme: Nigeria at 100. Created with Poster color and paper brushes on cardboard.

Aimua’s work was adjudged second best owing to her strong concept and depiction of the theme. Using an ant colony to underscore Nigeria’s strength in unity, Aimua’s allegoric painting sought to chronicle the history of Nigeria’s leaders since 1914. She explained: “The ants in my work represent our past leaders since 1914. The ants with British flags represent our colonial leaders; while the ants with military caps represent our indigenous military leaders. The ants with Nigerian flags represent our civilian leaders and the ant with a black hat on top of the anthill represents our current leader, President Goodluck Jonathan.”

Aimua added: “The Musical instruments symbolize the celebration of our centenary and the flag which shines in the sunlight is a symbol of our national unity, identity and brighter hope for tomorrow.”

Shedding light on why she chose to use ants as a medium to illustrate her message, the budding artist said it is in view of the insect’s level of organization.

In her words: “Ants are very organized and they operate as a unified entity. When ants build an anthill they all work together and divide labour. If we work with the same zeal and passion we would take this nation to greater heights.”

Her proud mother, Mrs. Isoken Enadeghe, commended the organizers of the competition and the management of Lagoon Schools for its approach towards learning and harnessing the innate talents of students.

Her dad, John Enadeghe, made similar remarks and pledged to continue supporting Aimua in developing her artistic talents.

Edna Abugewa Ekenimoh, the school’s art teacher said Aimua’s impressive result was borne out of zeal and hard work. “We at The Lagoon Schools are proud of Aimua. She has brought joy to us. We intend to use this as a springboard to excel further in other art competitions.”

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