Oluwademilade Odumuboni, a Nigerian schoolchild from Corona School in Gbagada, Lagos, has achieved a remarkable victory by winning the 2022–23 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.
This prestigious international competition, organized annually by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan, invites schoolchildren from around the world to unleash their creativity by drawing their dream cars along with an inspirational concept.
Ten-year-old Odumuboni triumphed over an astonishing 782,852 contestants hailing from 90 different countries, securing the grand prize of $5,000.
10 year old Nigerian wins global Toyota art contest
His winning entry depicted a waste converter concept aimed at aiding countries, especially African communities, in food production while ensuring a clean environment.
His innovative and socially impactful drawing was recognized as the best globally.
His school, Corona, was awarded a $10,000 prize, earmarked exclusively for educational purposes.
Mr. Ojeagbega Oserogho, Odumuboni’s art teacher, was presented with a laptop as recognition for his role in nurturing the young talent.
Kunle Ade-Ojo, the Managing Director of Toyota (Nigeria) Limited, expressed immense pride and excitement over Odumuboni’s achievement, noting that it positioned Toyota (Nigeria) Limited at the forefront of global distributors.
He emphasized that the young artist’s imaginative and inspirational concept, beautifully illustrated in his drawing, earned him the global grand prize, surpassing competition from nearly 783,000 contestants across 90 countries and regions.
Ade-Ojo highlighted that the parent company, Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan, initiated the contest in 2004, with Toyota Nigeria joining four years later.
This participation is part of their corporate social responsibility initiative, aimed at empowering children to express their visions of future cars through artistic creativity.