Oluwademilade Odumuboni, a 10-year-old Nigerian student, has been awarded ($5,000) as the top prize in the 2022/23 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest on a global level.
After surpassing 782,852 participants from 90 different countries, Oluwademilade Odumuboni, a student from Corona School in Gbagada Lagos, who is only 10 years old, emerged as the winner of the prestigious award in the 2022/2023 edition.
Odumuboni designed a waste converter and it was recognized as the best in the world due to its innovative concept of promoting food production and maintaining a clean environment, particularly in African communities.
At a special event arranged by Toyota Nigeria Limited, the victorious Oluwademilade Odumuboni was awarded a plaque, a certificate, and a cash prize of $5,000.
The school also received $10,000 for educational purposes as part of the prize. Mr. Kunle Ade-Ojo, the Managing Director of Toyota (Nigeria) Limited, praised the boy’s creativity and noted that his idea had gained global recognition. The boy’s drawing and idea had won him the grand prize in a contest that had over 782,852 participants from 90 countries/regions.
According to Ade-Ojo, Toyota is building long-lasting relationships with children and inspiring them to be environmentally conscious and imaginative through their annual drawing competition. The competition has three age categories, with three winners chosen from each category in Nigeria, resulting in a total of nine national winners. These nine winners and their artwork are then sent to Japan to compete against entries from around the globe.
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The Head Teacher, Henrietta Eguagie, praised her student for his remarkable achievement, stating that he had brought honor to the school. She also commended Toyota for its initiative in inspiring young individuals to express their creativity and artistic potential. Henrietta Eguagie, a leading educational institution in Nigeria, expressed its commitment to using the prize money in a way that directly benefits the students’ learning experiences and development. The event, organized annually by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in Japan, encourages schoolchildren worldwide to draw their dream cars with a unique concept.