Amb. Nneka Isaac-Moses, Managing Director, Goge Africa, on Wednesday advised the winners of its contest and Nigerian youths to remain hardworking and focused in their career choice. Isaac-Moses gave the advice while presenting cash-prizes to the winners of Goge Africa 20th Anniversary Creative Contest which began in 2019 but got interrupted in 2020 due to […]
Amb. Nneka Isaac-Moses, Managing Director, Goge Africa, on Wednesday advised the winners of its contest and Nigerian youths to remain hardworking and focused in their career choice.
Isaac-Moses gave the advice while presenting cash-prizes to the winners of Goge Africa 20th Anniversary Creative Contest which began in 2019 but got interrupted in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
She said that hardwork and dedication were very paramount to an individual’s success in life, urging the youth to remain focused in whatever they chose to be in life.
“I congratulate the winners of the Goge Africa Creative Contest which was organised to commemorate Goge Africa’s 20th anniversary in 2019.
“The context began in 2019 to be rounded up in 2020 but got interrupted due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, so we have only been able to finish up.
“I advise you all to continue to be hardworking individuals, give back to the society and make everyone proud of you,’’ Isaac-Moses said.
She said that the contest which was tagged “Our Culture, Our Heritage’’ received 1,438 entries for writing contest and 1,062 entries for the art contest across Africa, with 10 individuals declared winners.
The managing director said the contest was geared toward showcasing young, enthusiastic creative talents around Africa, promoting and exposing them to opportunities through the platform of Goge Africa.
According to her, the contest was in various categories like photography, art, writing, film documentary, fashion, poetry and script writing.
“The entries were all enthralling, we had a tough time selecting the finalists but at the end of a contest, a winner must emerge, we really wish we could award all.
“We are quite joyful, the bolster that this contest has given to the participants to chase their creative pursuits further, and the fact that some of these, predominantly the writers are looking at expanding these stories for publishing.
“As a brand, we are enthusiastic that through our platform, there is a new vista of hope that new African creatives that will tell the original African narratives have emerged,’’ she said.
Isaac-Moses noted that the winners would enjoy more benefits like sponsored travel opportunities with Goge Africa in exhibition, publication on Goge Africa Coffee Table Photos Book and more.
Supreme reports that the overall winner in the short story writing category was Chioma Nnana and for the visual arts category was Padonu Israel and they received 1,000 dollars each.
Onyibor Uchenna came 2nd in the arts contest, Oligbinde Rotimi was 3rd, Nzennaya Barry got the 4th position and Odinakachi Okoroafor took the 5th.
For the writing contest, Ajenifuja Adetokunbo came 2nd, Ibrahim Ibrahim came 3rd, Grace Temitope 4th, while Mokwenye Ehis-Ndudi was 5th.
Chioma Nnana, the overall winner in the short story category, a graduate of Psychology from the University of Lagos, expressed excitement over her success, commending the organisers.
“I indicated interest in the contest because I enjoy writing right from my childhood days, the work that won me this contest was a fictional story I wrote which was tied to the culture of African marriage.
“I will be working with Goge Africa in whatever capacity to create opportunity for other writers. I appreciate the opportunity and its openness,’’ she said.
The overall winner in art contest Padonu Israel, a Graduate of Creative Arts from Tai Solarin University, said the theme of the contest spurred her interest as he projected Badagry culture in his work. “I showcased some aspects of Badagry in my work like the Zangbeto masquerade, a traditional voodoo, known as the guardian of the night and curtails criminal activities.
“Also Sato drum, a twin drum which symbolises peace; this creates awareness about these cultural heritages, I am indeed humbled with this kind gesture by Goge Africa and I hope to get a studio and materials with the money I won,’’ he said.