Diamond Bank reinstates commitment to art promotion among youths
The Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, was the place to be recently, as distinguished guests, practitioners and young talents converged for this year’s edition of the Awards and Dinner Night to wrap up the Vision of the Child (VOTC) project for 2017.
Sponsored by Diamond Bank Plc, the initiative envisioned by Mrs. Foluke Michaels, aims at training and equipping children to lead the change that we desire. This edition attracted dignitaries such as Professor Abass representing the Lagos State Governor, Professor Wole Soyinka, Jahman Anikulapo and officials of Diamond bank led by its managing Director Uzoma Dozie.
The event was an opportunity for young talents to showcase their creativity through painting, photography, poetry dance and others forms of art, in line with the theme of Lagos@50 celebration, which is ‘Enhance the Heritage, Look at the Future’. Awards were given to winners from different aspects of arts contests.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Dozie reiterated the banks commitment to the development of the youth, especially in the arts. He said it’s imperative to prepare the young ones for the future, adding that this can be achieved by having a vision and painting the future through deliberate effort in the area of one’s passion.
As the sponsor, Diamond Bank, through the project, VOTC has helped in reaching out to over four thousand students from over two thousand schools across Lagos State.
“Diamond Bank believes in the future of our children and is helping to invest in it. It is a privilege to partner with VOTC since 2012. Our heritage is important to us and we need to go back and enhance it. Thousands of students have been trained so far and we are happy with their progress that we see. ” Dozie said.
He continued: “To really imagine the future, you have to pain it. That’s one thing we have not been doing in Nigeria; how do we want Nigeria to be in twenty years? We start to paint it now.”
Commenting on the project, Jahman Anikulapo, Coordinator, Lagos @50, and one of the Organisers of the VOTC Project, commended the bank, parents of the participants and co-organisers of the competition for their commitment to the project.
The first edition of VOTC was launched in April 2012, under the theme The Vision of The Child, which laid the groundwork for future seasons. Diamond Bank has consistently sponsored the project over the years.