NYSC Member Wins $2,500 Painting Competition In Lagos

Julius Agbaje, a 26-year-old 2018 Batch B National Youth Service Corps member, on Wednesday won the 2018 Afriture Panting competition in Lagos.

Agbaje, who is serving with Silverbird Arts Galleria, went home with a cheque of $2,500, the star price.

NAN reports that the painting competition, which held at Omenka Arts Gallery, Ikoyi, had Oliver Enwonwu and Abiodun Olaku among the panel of judges.

Agbaje, who was overwhelmed with joy, said he would hold a series of solo art exhibitions, help his father to build his business and invest more in his career with the money.

“I’m overwhelmed with emotions right now. I have many aspirations in line with developing my career in arts and it is a dream come true.

“This is a push in the right direction for me. I have always wanted to impact lives through my work and this has given me the opportunity to achieve my dreams.

“I was discouraged at some point but had to encourage myself again. I thank God today, my dream has come through,” he said.

Agbaje’s work Virtual Reality, won the competition; while Emmanuel Eweje was second and Ifeanyi Ugwoke came third, among eight contestants.

Abiodun Olaku, one of the judges, said the criteria used in selecting the winner was the philosophy and design behind the painting.

“Philosophy is synonymous with the message of the artwork, while the design is how an artist expresses the philosophy through the painting,” he said.

Earlier, the organiser of the competition, Mr. Shogo Adaramati, said the competition would further encourage more upcoming artists to remain focused in their chosen career.