Diamond Bank Plc, a leading retail bank in Nigeria; has rewarded six winners who won in the painting category of the 2016 Vision of the Child (VOTC) project at the recent award night held in honour of 12 out of 50 students who emerged winners.
The VOTC provides participating youth and children the platform to express their understanding of the world they live in, their vision of what it should be, their dreams and fantasies through painting and the literary arts – poetry, prose, fiction, or essay.
The first edition of VOTC was launched in April 2012 with the theme ‘The Vision of The Child,’ which laid the groundwork for future seasons. Diamond Bank has consistently sponsored the project over the years.
Speaking at the event, Mrs. Aishah Ahmad, Head of Consumer Banking, Diamond Bank Plc; the major sponsor of VOTC expressed profound pleasure of the bank for being a part of such a laudable project and believed it would be sustained for a long time. “I am very pleased to bring to you Diamond Bank’s best wishes. We are one of the fastest growing banks and we go beyond banking by using technology to give you, our customers a rich way of life. We wish to build banking awareness for the young ones at a very early age and try to give back to the society at every given opportunity.
“We want a situation going down twenty-five years we have some previous winners of VOTC becoming shining stars and role models for it will be a great honour and pleasure to Diamond Bank to see it happen. I also wish to tell the children to keep honing their skills and remain disciplined as we celebrate with the government of Lagos State on their 50th birthday,” she said.
Emmanuel Richard from Unjeland College, Ikotun, who placed first in the painting category, won a prize of N250, 000 from Diamond Bank.
He said the VOTC has exposed him to a lot of things and believed his God-given talent brought him that exposure.
The first runner, Sophy Okonkwo of Christland School, Victoria Garden City got N200, 000, Anabel Adeyinka of Pampers Private School, Surulere who placed third won N180, 000, Joy Anthony carted away N150, 000, Fadeyi Bisola of Renard Memory School, Yaba went home with N150, 000 while the sixth position went to Christy Chisom of Ronik International School, Alimosho with N100, 000.
A total of 12 winners emerged with six from each category and consolation prizes were given to 10 others who had same scores. Other side attractions include musical performance by Timi Dakolo, poetry renditions by some of the children as well as the unveiling of VOTC ambassador in the person of Stephanie Okereke-Linus who said she would use her platform to enhance the lives of the children.