SCHOOLS OUT COMPETITION
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Friday 27 July 2012
Winning pupil of Newham Primary School
Art Olympics Competition welcomed at Nigeria House,
Theatre Royal Stratford East
Winner of the Art Olympics Competition, Maisha Hussain, was welcomed at Nigeria House, Theatre Royal Stratford East yesterday. Hussain, a pupil from Upton Cross Primary School in Newham, had designed a striking poster featuring the Olympic Torch. Her winning design will be on display in the Box Office at Nigeria House until 12 August. Maisha also received a winners’ certificate, Nigerian gifts and tickets for this year’s Theatre Royal Stratford East pantomime, Jack & the Beanstalk. The runner up was Jay Kumar Patel, also of Upton Cross Primary School.
The Art Olympics Competition for Newham primary schools (open to Years 3-6) was run collaboratively by New World Nigeria and Theatre Royal Stratford East to encourage local children to interact with and be inspired by Nigerian life and art. A large number of entries were received from across the Borough.
Kerry Michael, Artistic Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East said: ‘This competition has enabled us to celebrate the excitement of the Olympic, Paralympic Games and our period as Nigeria House with schools in Newham.’
School pupils were asked to design a poster celebrating Nigeria - Newham Together during the 2012 London Games. Some of the things the children were asked to think about when creating their work were; what makes Newham special to you, what do you love about living in Newham, what are you excited about during the games and what do you think represents Nigeria - Newham Together?
At the informal ceremony yesterday, Maisha Hussain was presented with her prizes by Ms Evelyn Oputu, Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer – Nigerian Bank of Industry, and Engineer Sani Ndasuna, President of the Nigerian Olympic Committee. She was also hosted by Dawn Reid, Deputy Artistic Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East and Chichi Nwokocha who is one of 3 young emerging Nigerian producers to be given a paid internship at Nigeria House as part of the artistic collaboration with the theatre.
Until Sunday 12 August, Theatre Royal Stratford East is delighted to be hosting New World Nigeria’s hospitality house, Nigeria House. Music, theatre, poetry, fashion exhibitions and films from Nollywood - Nigeria’s dynamic answer to Hollywood – are key aspects of the Nigeria House event. New World Nigeria’s programme is powered by Nigeria’s Bank of Industry (BOI) and the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC) and is a drive to promote both cultural industries as well as create new business links internationally..
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
About Theatre Royal Stratford East
In the momentous summer of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Theatre Royal Stratford East presents a season of groundbreaking new projects. The programme has a local, national, and international reach and boasts a range of internationally renowned partners. Stratford East’s work will be part of the London 2012Festival, CREATE, BT River of Music, and World Stages London.
About New World Nigeria
New World Nigeria is an initiative to share the diversity and vibrancy of Nigeria, to promote investment and business opportunity. The London programme is the culmination of three key interventions, designed to celebrate sporting and cultural prowess, demonstrate investment potential and develop business linkages:
- The vibrancy and excellence of Nigeria’s Sporting and Cultural Life is combined with a market exhibition of diverse Nigerian products, brought to life at the venue for Nigeria House; the Theatre Royal, Stratford East.
- The Business and Investment Summit In London acts as a platform for global investors and stakeholders to explore the Nigerian opportunity, specifically the diverse sectors of New World Nigeria and the key investment opportunities it represents.
- In collaboration with Surrey County and the Surrey Chamber of Commerce, the business conference showcases the produce and business opportunities of Nigerian SMEs, in an exhibition forum which includes opportunities for networking and a dedicated cultural showcase.