Last weekend, Saturday, 7th July, 2012, my secondary school Fine Art teacher had invited my brother and I for GESSOMATE 2012 Art Award & Exhibition for Secondary School Students, which held in the Aina Onabolu Building at National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. This year's edition had its' theme as "Climate Change: The Effects on the Environment".
If you all recall, I mentioned GESSOMATE Art Award & Exhibition in my blog write up on Ambassador Olusola's tribute. He was a regular special guest and sponsor of the event, so you can imagine how sad it must have been for the Gessomate team to miss his presence in the 2012 edition.
My brother, who was their first (1st) ever winner for the madien award and exhibition was invited as a special guest. I felt so proud seeing him on the high table with top guns in the Art industry. The other special guests were Mr. Tunde Thani, DMD, Explicit Group who was the Chairman of the Occasion; Mr. Oliver Enwonwu, Chairman, Society of Nigerian Artists (Lagos Chapter) and Mr. Dada Adekola, Cartoon Editor, Vanguard Newspaper.
My brother, Arinze Uzowulu, Mr. Dada Adekola, Mr. Oliver Enwonwu & Mr. Tunde Thani on the high table
After singing the National Anthem, the President of Gessomate, who happens to be my Fine Art teacher, Mr. Femi Adeyinka gave his welcome speech. Then the Chairman, Mr. Thani, gave his message and declared the exhibition open. Guests were directed to the exhibition hall, where I was given the privilege to assist the Chairman in opening the hall by giving him a pair of scissors to cut the ribbon demarcating the exhibition hall.
I must say, I was quite impressed with the art works done by the students. Below are photos of some of the winners with their art works:
Tunmininu Akinselure, Rainbow College, Ogun - Senior Category 1st Position
Olatide Wright, Ifako International Sec. School, Lagos - Senior Category 2nd Position
Simisola Bello, Rainbow College, Ogun - Senior Category 3rd Position
Ben-Eboh Emmanuella, Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja - Junior Category 1st Position
Adefoluso Orimalade, Ifako International Sec. School, Lagos - Junior Category 3rd Position
Am proud to say that the 2nd Winner in the Junior category and the 1st and 3rd Winners in the Senior category came from my secondary school, Rainbow College. I also got to see some of my secondary school teachers whom I have not seen since my graduation in 2003. That's about 10 years ago!!! Time does fly, doesn't it?
Arinze Uzowulu & I with the Rainbow College winners
Ms. Seun Oduntan & I. She was my Christian Religion Knowlegde teacher in Secondary School
Mr. Femi Adeyinka & I. That's my Fine Art and favorite teacher in Secondary School
All in all, the event was coloruful and inspiring. It reminded me of my secondary school days, how art shaped my life. I remember going for art competitons back then and winning awards for my school. I felt honored to be back ten years later watching students of my alma mata making the school proud. My brother gave a goodwill message encouraging students to use their artistic talents wisely. I felt so proud of him. *smiles*
Ary & I infront of National Art Theatre
I saw this artwork and fell in love! It was done by Akinsanya Oluwafunbi, Vivian Fowler Memorial College.
I just had to take a picture infront of this lovely artistic building with African touch!
Nene & the Little Birdie
ART IS LIFE!!! One day, I would definetly share some of my secondary school art works with you all. Look out for that! *wink*