On the 30th of March, 2018, the first special needs Art Workshop for children with autism and developmental disorders took place in Nigeria. It was held at The Terra Culture building, plot 1376, Tiamiyu Savage, off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos. It was a fun-filled, exploratory and interesting event.
In attendance were Manna Children Centre, Down Syndrome Foundation, Brite Hill School, Patrick’s Speech and Languages Centre, Mind Builders, Penuel House School, De Beautiful Beginning and Little Beginning Academy. The Art Workshop was hosted by Mrs Victoria Tandoh, and the Guest of Honor was Mr Oliver Enwonwu, a visual artist who has excelled in the sciences and the arts.
The program started at 10:15am with the National Anthem and prayer. The presence of the above-mentioned schools was acknowledged and the 26 competing students were welcomed. The competition “My House Through the Eyes of Angels” was about drawing a picture of a beautiful egg – with diverse colours and different patterns. There was no winner in the competition; every participant was celebrated.
It was distinctively obvious that the children explored their world of painting in a unique and beautiful way. Mr Nwannku assessed each child’s painting as their art works were exhibited. He commended the children for the hard work. Mr Bidemi Yinusa (Head of School) and Mrs Essien Nsikan (School Administrator, Patrick Speech and Languages Centre) thanked everyone in the audience for their presence and support, on behalf of Mrs Dotun Akande. Finally, Mrs Victoria Tandoh gave the closing remarks and prayer.