In Nigeria, it is commemorated on 27th May, annually to celebrate and appreciate the giftedness of children.
These children are the future of many generations, so attention must be paid to their spiritual, physical, emotional, educational and their social wellbeing.
In the light of this, Oshodi arts gallery foundation (deemed as the 2nd largest art collection centre in Nigeria) took advantage of the special medium in creating a phenomena known as the Nigerian children’s art and cultural festival occasion.
The Eve of children’s day 2022 witnessed fun and excitement at the staff event hall of the Lagos state university of science and technology (formerly LASPOTECH) in Ikorodu.
As pupils from across 18 schools in Lagos State converged to mark the maiden edition of the Nigerian children’s Art and cultural festival, it was nothing short of pure entertainment, traditional exhibition and educational talk.
The program, poised to project a new form of celebrating the annual children’s day according to the organisers is an infusion of culture, art and education to nurture the Nigerian child at the cradle stage.
Created by Oshodi arts gallery and Produced by Fanafilit integrated concepts, the program featured a pre-tour for students and their coordinators to the art gallery before the main event exposition at the former LASPOTECH staff hall.
With Justice Sherifat Solebo representing the Chief Justice of Lagos State, Major E.A Samuel, general officer commanding the Nigerian Legion 11 division, ASCI Abolurin Oluwaseun, PRO NSDSC Lagos and Mr Omiyi Gregory, Chief Technologist NAFDAC Lagos State chapter, the students were engaged on topics; Sex Education, Responsiveness to emergency fire outbreak, Safe food, Role of Citizen in Security and drug abuse education.
Julimak school thrilled the audience with Yoruba cultural dance, Palm and kids displayed a contemporary hip hop performance, Dom Sax (a student of one of the schools present) rendered a gospel saxophone type presentation and the Light-bearer art academy thrilled the crowd with a superb drama dance titled Fisherman.
As the day one program elapsed, students were also engaged in a dance competition with 5 winners emerging, earning gifts courtesy of Dano Arla company.
Others in attendance also include; Mrs Titilope Ogunliyi, assistant commander of narcotics, drug demand unit (NDLEA), Mrs Temofe Jenifer, assistant director NAFDAC Lagos, Edeh David Arinze, Mr Lekan Jinadu, HOD education dept. Ikorodu North LCDA, Mr Evans Aguiyi, African rural volunteers, Adeyemo Adenike, NSCDC, Effang Kate, NSCDC, Bakare Iyab, NSCDC, Ezenwa Eugene, NSCDC, Awoniyi Folake, assistant superintendent of narcotics, drug demand unit (NDLEA), Adisa Ayokunle, Lagos state fire and rescue service and Hephzibah Adebayo.
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