Let’s meet Agba Onome Joshua, one of the 26 winners of the 2018 NUMATVILLE Art Contest, he is a 19 year old 400 level student of the Department of Marine Science in the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA).
• How do you feel being one of the winners of the 2018 NUMATVILLE Art Contest?
I feel very great and happy being among the winners of this competition because I’ve always dreamt of exhibiting my artworks in one of the biggest Nigeria’s art exhibitions.
• How did you get into the competition?
A URL link to the competition was shared on one of the whatsapp groups I am in so I just followed the registration procedure by contacting the organizers online and I submitted my details to them via whatsapp and instagram.
• What were the requirements for participating in the contest?
There were actually no requirements for participation and registration was free. All we had to do was to register with our names and submit an artwork of our choice.
• Do you have an idea of how many artists were in the competition and how many of them emerged as winners?
I am not really sure of the number of contestants but it was a lot of us; young artists from all over Nigeria and about 26 of us emerged as winners of the competition.
• What was the mode of selecting winners? Was it through votes or random selection?
It wasn’t based on votes nor highest likes. Winners were selected by art experts.
• Did you ever think you’ll emerge as one of the winners?
Yes I always believe in myself so I knew I could win this.
• Is this your first time of participating in such art contest?
Yes I have been in previous art competitions but in most online art contests, winners are always determined by the highest number of likes or votes so this turns me off because the person with the highest number of followers or trends on social media eventually wins regardless of how fantastic the work is.
• Can we see the artwork that made it a win for you at the competition?
• What is the title of your artwork and what inspired it?
The title of my artwork is Joyful Heart. My inspiration is that we are all bought into the world with so much awe, wonder and splendour and we don’t have to lose all of it while we are growing up. If we take a break to notice the things we usually overlook we would find out that a new world of possibilities open up for us. As we appreciate the wonders of it all, a profound humility expresses itself as gratefulness. A heart filled with appreciation and gratitude is a key to a joyful life.
• How long did it take you to complete it?
Approximately 200 hours.
• What materials did you use in creating the work of art?
The artwork was created with a combination of different colours of ball pen on alabaster paper.
• What lesson did you learn from the competition?
I learnt to always believe in myself, to continue in hard work and diligence because it pays off at some point and above all, trust God more. This competition makes me believe that art is very priceless.
• For how long have you been an artist and were you taught or you trained yourself?
I have been drawing since I was a child but I started taking art serious about 10 months back when I learnt from a friend and as time went on I developed myself some more; self-improvement never ends.
• What sort of artworks do you major in
For now I do only pen drawing for now because I feel more comfortable with that but someday I’ll try some new stuff.
• After school would you love to be a full-time artist or practise your profession?
I will love to be a full time artist in future.
• Why didn’t you study fine-art?
My parents are not in support of me studying arts as a career moreover I graduated from a strictly science secondary school. However, I plan to study art after getting my first degree in Marine Science.
• As one of the winners of the competition what prizes were you given?
We were given a complimentary plot of land at Abuja Tourism Megacity, massive media coverage, an opportunity to showcase more of our art collections for exhibition during the NUMATVILLE open air art exhibition, cultural and dance festival.
• What do you intend to do with the plot of land you got from the competition?
*Smiles* I will start the construction of an art studio there as soon as possible.
• Would you have preferred them to give the winners cash prizes rather than a plot of land?
I actually prefer the plot of land because it is an asset but if it were a cash prize the money would be spent till it finishes *smiles*.
• What words of encouragement can you give to the person reading this?
All I’ll say is, pursue your dreams without considering what people have to say, some people will say you can’t do something because they themselves think they can’t do it. You’ve got a dream, you have to protect it! Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you and always believe in yourself.
It’s been wonderful interacting with you. Thanks for coming on StacySpeaksBlog. Do enjoy the rest of your day.
Thanks so much. It’s a honour for having me here.
You can follow this young talented artist on his social media handle @onomzyart to check out more of his creative artworks.
ABOUT THE 2018 NUMATVILLE ART CONTEST.
Theme: Exhibiting Nigerian Culture @ its Peak!!!
NUMATVILLE is an acronym of the Nigerian Unity Museum, Trade & Tourism Village located in Panda-Karu LGA, Nassarawa, Outskirt of Abuja. The project is initiated to showcase Nigerian Tourism and cultural values with the essence of National Unity in Nigeria in a community of Nigerian Entertainment celebrities. NUMATVILLE which is a national project is designed to underscore the essence of creating a permanent structure to project the concept of National Unity in Nigeria through the creation of a specialized municipality where every Local Government Liaison office is represented and established.
Winners of this competition gets a complimentary plot of land at the Tourism Megacity.
They also have the opportunity to showcase more of their art collections for Exhibition on Saturday 28th June, 2018 during the NUMATVILLE Open Air Exhibition, Cultural dance and Sport Festival at Panda-Karu LGA, Nassarawa State.