(Maina Mwangi) Two Kenyan children, Naylee Nagda and Arkajyoti Ghosal, have emerged as winners of the 6th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.
Out of the 1622 national participants, Nagda’s Musical Toyota and Ghosal’s Gelcar, scooped the silver and bronze prizes respectively in the renowned art contest.
The other contest’s finalists included Smit Prakash Haria, Simon Munene and Nabeel Jayesh Chudasama.
The two will next week join other world winners for an honorary award presentation event at the Toyota Motor Corporation [TMC] headquarters in Japan. The Toyota Dream Car Art contest is borne by TMC to cultivate creativity and innovation among children.
The global and annual contest is open to children aged between 3- 15 years of different categories’ namely under-10 years, 10-12 years and 13-15 years. It started in Japan in 2004 and has since been expanded from Asia to America, Europe, Oceania, Middle East and Africa.
The celebrated contest dubbed “Your Dream—The Car of the Future” aims to create an opportunity for children through drawing pictures of their “dream cars” to develop their interest in cars and further nurture their dream to reality.
Nagda and Ghosal were recently hosted at the Toyota Kenya head office in Nairobi with their guardians to receive their certificates of participation from Toyota Kenya Managing Director, Naoki Takeuchi.
Speaking at the event, Takeuchi applauded the finalists for participating in the unique competition.
“It is our honour at Toyota to showcase as many dream cars as possible from Kenya to the world. It is in pursuant of our commitment to cultivate creativity and innovation among our children that Toyota crafted the “Dream Car” art contest. To have two children represent us in Japan not only showcases our nation’s talent but goes to prop up Toyota’s efforts in nurturing tomorrow’s generation.”