Thursday, 16 June 2016


5th June every year is usually celebrated as World Environment Day. To mark the day Savannah Centre for Diplomacy Democracy and Development (SCDDD) in collaboration with National Gallery of Arts organised an Arts Exhibition and competition titled WASTE TO WEALTH.

A lot of schools participated in the competition. At the end of the competition, the following students won;
Nimyeh Chalya Aaliyah of Loyola Jesuit Gidan Mangoro came first with her piece Chandelier.
Usman Joy of Community Secondary School Asokoro came 2nd with her piece titled melody.
Terungwa Banabas of J.S.S Tukpechi Kuje came 3rd with her piece titled Tukpechi Centre Table.
Jacob Lorbee of Nyanya Government Secondary School came 4th with his piece titled Music in the universe.

Mary Ukwamedua of Divine Mercy Secondary School, Asokoro with piece titled Fisherman.
Rodney Odinakachukwu of Community Secondary School, Asokoro with the piece titled Education is Power.
Okashima Wisdom of Dave Prime International School, Orozo with piece  Healthy People, Wealthy Planet.
Emantor Omhem of Community Secondary School, Asokoro with the piece titled My Beautiful Continent.
Jacob Lorbee of Nyanya Government Secondary School with the piece Healthy people Wealthy Planet.
Chiagozie E. Eke of Community Secondary School, Asokoro with piece titled Sunrise in Africa.
Chinonye Igbokwe of Loyola Jesuit won the best teacher’s award being the teacher of the student with the best teacher’s award.

There were many important dignitaries who graced the occasion from SCDDD and National Arts and Gallery namely Ambassador Dabeng, T.J Akusus, B.O Awotetu, Ngozi John-Uyah and Mr. Irabor James.

The members of the organizing committee drawn up from SCDDD and National Arts and Gallery were Evelyn Okwara, Faith Thomas, Rahana Baloni, Nzominu Uchenna, Tony Azodoh, Olubumi Oluyomi, Sim Garba, Ecole Collins, Leo Abolarin and Ezema Valentine.

Special events.
There was a speech by Happiness Amos, recipient of YouWin Grant. She asked the students not to relent but to find a way to turn the waste around us into wealth.

She advised those who won not to throw away their designs but to continue to improve on them until they become marketable.  

She told the audience how she has been able to use metal scraps to build environment friendly stoves. 

The audience made up students from; Done Prime International School, Orozo, Jewl Model Secondary School, Anglican Comprehensive Secondary Schook, Kubwa, Faith Academy Day Secondary School, Lugbe, La-Vogue School, J.S.S Tukpechi, Lousi Ville Girls Secondary School, Gwagwalada, Community Secondary School, Asokoro, Divine Mercy Secondary School, Asokoro, Loyola Jesuit College, Gidan Maigoro, Karshi was shown the documentary ‘Nowhere to run.’

This documentary produced by Shehu Yaradua Centre was a wakeup call on everyone to take care of the environment which is said to be dying slowly because of our activities.

At the end of the film which left everyone sober and reflective, Mr. Nwankpa of Shehu Yaradua answered the children’s questions on their observations.

The day was well spent as the organisers did a great job.

As I closed the occasion by calling on Ms Ngozi John-Uyah to make her closing remarks, I knew that a section of the people have been further educated on how to care for our environment and on how to turn the waste that pollutes our environment to wealth.

Amb. Dabeng spoke urging the students not to relent

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