Mr Abudullah Muku, the Director-General of National Gallery of Art (NGA) has lauded the creativity of the schools’ children that participated in the 2015 talent hunt and exhibition competition.
Muku praised the children in his address on Thursday at the 2015 Children’s Day talent Hunt/ Exhibition with theme: “Lets Fight Terrorism, It destroys Our Nation.”
He said that the creativity in the child has no limit and the imagination of such a child could soar to great heights if well motivated.
On terrorism, Muku said that terrorism was a serious threat to mankind and had traumatised the nation.
“The creative spirit of a child knows no limit as the imagination soars to great heights to capture thought provoking visual arts.
“As we reflect on the global threat and impact of terrorism, the most vulnerable group remains women and children.
“The spate and spread of this evil act, has traumatised us as a nation,” Muku said.
He said for more than a decade, the arts gallery had provided a visible platform for children to express themselves in the virtual arts annually on 27th of May, to mark the children’s day celebration.
The director general said that this year’s event was shifted one day forward.
He said, “As an agency responsible for the collection and promotion of the best of the visual art in the Nigeria, we have not neglected our core value.
“Each opportunity to show case our creative spirit through the visual art is utilized to the maximum.
“Enjoy the various works of art on display, but spare a moment and remember the children, who have been either killed, Kidnapped or displaced by acts of terrorism.
“Let these works stir the conscience of the nation towards taking positive steps to say no to the evil of terrorism which is the theme of this exhibition,” he said.
Muku was represented at the occasion by Dr Evelyn Oteigbe, the Director of Education Services, National Gallery of Art.
News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports that guests, parents and teachers were entertained to dance, drama, and news casting by students of various schools across the FCT.
NAN also reports that prices were given to winners of the competition, after which Mr Dominic Edet, the Curator FCT Station, guided dignitaries round the exhibition works on display. NAN