The Pillow Art Challenge

The Vita foam Pillow Art ChallengeImagine attending an event only to discover that your, say 15-seater bus, was too small to convey the gifts you won during the ceremony.Well, that was the story of University of Lagos Women Society Nursery and Primary School (ULWSNPS) when they participated in the ‘I Create’ club’s inter-school competition which took place on the 7th of July, 2018. During the competition, ULWSNPS came first, Grace School Gbagada came second while Emerald School Gbagada came third. Other participating schools included Basil School Ilupeju, Straitgate School Magodo, Corona School Gbagada, Attwool School Lekki, Meadow Hall School lekki, Success Bridge School Ajah, Livingspring School Awoyaya, Chrisland School VGC, Chrisland School Opebi, Sunnydale School Ikeja GRA, Hallmark School Ikeja, Dansol School Ogba, Mind Builders School Omole Phase 1, Scholars’ Crest School Omole Phase 2, Supreme Education Foundation School Magodo, Karis School Magodo and Tee-Tops School Magodo. ‘I Create’ is a club which is centred around encouraging ingenuity amongst children by engaging them in a variety of creative activities which challenge the way they ‘think’ and approach problems within their environment, with the ultimate aim of encouraging them to take creative ownership of any space they find themselves in.  In the first term of the just concluded 2017/18 school year, the children were taught how to tackle the ‘bed laying’ task in a different and fun way using the two minutes Golden Trick. They were also taught how the colours they use within their space reflect their personalities.In the second term, they were engaged in the ‘Re-Design My Shoe’ Challenge. This task involved them bringing in their old pairs of shoes which they remodelled using colourful, fun materials provided by the club. Winners of this task were treated to a fun session at Nigeria’s leading culinary school, Reddish Chronicles, where they got to extend their creativity to food.Finally, in the third term, it was all about the Pillow Art Challenge. Participating children were required to use their creative antennae in transforming plain, white throw pillows into beautiful works of art. The children behind the top two pillows per school were invited for the inter-school competition, along with their parents and two teachers from their schools. It was a very fun outing filled with music, food, laughter and ‘discovery’ while also resulting in all 40 children and 20 schools being appreciated with amazing gifts, many of which were donated by Vitafoam Nigeria Plc., the club’s founding sponsor.Over the past 3 years, with Vitafoam Nig. Plc nurturing a very strong belief that the hope for tomorrow’s leaders lies in their ability to think outside-the-box, they have gone all out in supporting the ‘I Create’ club by including it as one of their many Corporate Social Responsibilities to its community. It was therefore not surprising to see their Group Managing Director; Mr. Taiwo Adeniyi; alongside other top members of staff; joining hands to support the club as the company donated over 200 products to participating schools and children.  Lois Akere of ULWSNPS went home with a Bed Frame, Mattress, Vitalite Pillow and Bedsheet, courtesy Vitafoam and TV set, courtesy Home and You Furniture. Iyiola Oredola of Grace school went home with Sofa Bed and Vitalite Pillow while Serah Opute of Emerald School went home with a Vitababy Sofa Bed, courtesy Vitafoam.Berger Paints Nigeria Plc. who, last session came on board as a co-sponsor of the club, were also on ground to reward some of the student and school finalists through product / service donations of their own which included painting of bedrooms, classrooms and crèches of some of the finalists.The club’s founder, Mrs. Eniola Afolayan, was very excited about the huge success of the club’s first ever inter-school competition. She expressed her appreciation to the club’s sponsors as well as the participating schools because had any of them been missing from the mix, July 7th 2018 would never have happened. She also added that plans are already underway to expand the reach and impact of the club in the upcoming 2018/19 school year.The post The Pillow Art Challenge appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.

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