A Nigerian boy, Oluwademilade Odumuboni, from Corona School, has emerged as the global grand prize winner of the 2022/23 edition of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, beating 782,852 pupils drawn from 90 countries.
He was presented a cash prize of $5,000, a plaque, and a certificate at the special event organized by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), Japan.
His project was a waste compactor vehicle (converter) to help countries, especially African communities, in food production and ensure a clean environment.
His school, Corona, was also given a 10,000-dollar prize; while his Art teacher, Mr Ojeagbega Oserogho, received a laptop for helping the gifted boy to excel.
Speaking at the ceremony, Managing Director, Toyota (Nigeria) Limited, Mr Kunle Ade-Ojo, said Demiladed “dared to dream and his unique idea and dream, today has placed him and Nigeria on the global map of one of the largest Global Art Contests for children.”
He added, “We are very excited and elated. Indeed, we are very proud of the feat that Demilade achieved by also placing Toyota (Nigeria) Limited at the forefront of distributors globally.
“His unique and truly inspirational idea expressed in an equally creative drawing earned him a global grand prize in the contest beating over 782,852 contestants from 90 countries/regions.
“This way, Toyota is also cultivating a lifetime friendship with all these children while encouraging them to care for our planet and push their imagination beyond limits.”
DemIade also expressed gratitude to the TNL AND TMC of Japan for the opportunity to challenge himself, saying, “I appreciate Toyota for this award and for believing in a little child like me.I’m also grateful for the big award shield; I’ll surely display it in my room and admire it every day when I wake up in the morning. This experience has taught me that hard work pays and that we should never give up.”
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