Children from selected primary and secondary schools in Abuja gave an insight into the reality of COVID 19 pandemic during at the third National Gallery of Art programme, at the Cyprian Ekwensi Centre for Arts and Culture, Abuja.
Themed: ‘Rainbow art: unlocking creativity with the theme: “A cultural perspective on COVID-19’, the event was an art competition that featured art exhibition, dance and drama.
It was a sobering experience as they re-enacted scenarios from the pandemic which the entire world is still reeling from. The children showcased their talents in competitive categories of drawing, painting, sculpture, still live drawing and textiles; with 18 winners emerging – three from each category.
Victoria Murray Daniel from Federal Government Girls College, Bwari, clinched the first position in painting with her work entitled: “Protector.” In drawing, Angel Maduka also from Federal Government Girls College, Bwari came first with her pencil work entitled, “Epidemiology.” In all, 60 works of art were exhibited in drawing, painting, sculpture and textiles. Each work captures the devastating effect of the pandemic and the efforts to combat it.
It was a mix bag for dance and drama and as they were infused with humour without losing the mood of the moment-the pandemic. Pupils and students of Total Child Schools, Abuja kicked off this segment with a dance followed by GSS Tundun Wada, Abuja, dramatising the impact of COVID-19 on the society. There was also a melo-dramatic performance by Redeemers Nursery/Primary School, Abuja, and dramatic performance by GSS Tundun Wada.A martial art performance, teaching the audience the art of self-defense was skillfully displayed by Nigeria-Ghana International School, Jabi, to the delight of all.