The Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC), a member of the Coca-Cola Hellenic Group, recently launched ‘the Coca-Cola Glass Bottle Competition’ at the Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH).
The competition, aimed at driving creativity and engagement among youths, was kicked off with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between NBC and YABATECH.
The competition entails creating three-dimensional artworks using empty Coca-Cola 35cl and or 50cl glass bottles; it is conceived to create glass art to celebrate the Coca-Cola Contour Bottle, the most environmentally friendly pack, and a world renowned creative art piece with Nigerian and African related themes.
The competition, which is open to students in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Printing of YABATECH, is a unique way of supporting environmental sustainability, recycling and youth empowerment, while connecting with communities on shared values.
Speaking at the launch, NBC’s Legal, Public Affairs and Communications Director, Mrs. Sade Morgan said: “The Coca-Cola Glass Bottle Competition will drive youth engagement within the academic environment and create an opportunity for the youths to demonstrate deep creative thinking to produce an art master piece.” She said winners would have the opportunity to exhibit their creative works on global stage.
In her remarks, the Rector of YABATECH, Dr. Margaret Ladipo, said the competition came at an auspicious time when there is need to bridge the gap between industry and the academic environment to produce world-class, self-reliant graduates. She added that the institution was delighted to lead the initiative in Nigeria to drive entrepreneurship among youths.
The Dean, School of Art, Design and Printing, Mr. Festus Ajimoh, commended NBC for starting the competition in YABATECH, adding that the students were privileged to benefit from the unique opportunity.
Ajimoh described the initiative as a remarkable opportunity for the institution to collaborate with NBC and at the same time, motivate students to bring to bear their various talents and creativity.