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The Founding Partner, ILead Youth Empowerment and Leadership Initiative, Mrs. Dotun Arifalo, has said that self-discipline is what youths need to move from the realm of the ordinary to the extra-ordinary. She, therefore, challenged them to avoid distractions on their way to greatness.

Arifalo said this in Lagos on Friday during the presentation of awards to winners of the Art Appreciation Competition, the social media of the Art-Tech Challenge, an inter-school art competition for secondary school pupils, organised by Skool Media, an education technology firm.

The three finalists of the AAC are Ejeye Jolomi, a youth corps member teaching at a primary school in Bauchi State; Ibironke Ayomide, a computer science student of the Federal University of Technology, Akure; and Shalom Idoko, a student of Marine Engineering at the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt. Idoko won the competition and was presented with N50,000 and an iPad.

Speaking at the event, Arifalo urged the participants to keep striving for bigger challenges.

She said, “The world is full of average people. In fact, the world is tired of average people. Nigeria and the rest of the world are looking for something extra. Everybody has a potential; it is like having two eyes. You have more potential than you can possibly exhaust in a lifetime.

“Never stop growing. Potential is never enough. Transform yours because the world wants to see expressions. The key to success is self-discipline. It is doing what you need to do when you have to do it; how you have to do it and doing it consistently.”

The competition, according to the Creativity and Innovation Manager, Skoolmedia, Joy Nwazue, had 20 participants from eight unity schools.

She said, “We believe that there is art in science and science in art. Our professional artists trained and mentored the pupils. The artists conceptualised and executed an artwork and the pupils were asked to interpret the artwork. About five finalists were selected from each school and pupils, families and friends had the opportunity to vote online for their favourite artwork. A technology inspired art centre will be donated to the winning school at the Art-Tech finale in October.’’

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