UNESCO 2020 National Art Competitions For Young Nigerian

The National Art Competition under the theme of “Sheroes” is specially designed by UNESCO Abuja under the European Union (EU)-United Nations (UN) Spotlight Initiative in Nigeria: To eliminate violence against women and girls.

The Human Development Report 2016 ranks Nigeria 118 out of 134 countries on the Gender Equality Index. This translates an unbalanced inclusion of women and girls’ perspectives in policy-making decisions, resource allocation and implementation in economic and social sectors, all of which increases challenges to the advancement of gender equality. The negative social and cultural norms that condone or perpetuate Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Harmful Practices (HPs) remain pervasive.

This competition is aimed at raising awareness about VAWG/SGBV/HP among the public, and to support the zero-tolerance-of-violence environment promoted by the Spotlight Initiative, with a view to support long-term recovery and social inclusion of women and girl survivors through arts and with an additional effect of relieving the increasing social tension exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be more concrete, this competition calls for two categories of artworks: painting and poetry, representing attitudes, visions, expressions and messages against VAWG/SGBV/HP and/or demonstrating the contributions and resilience of women and girls within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The selected artworks must demonstrate deep visual and spiritual experience of the author on the issue of VAWG/SGBV/HP and equally inspire the audience.

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UNESCO National Art Competitions

Aim and Benefits of UNESCO National Art Competitions


Twenty (20) finalists of each artwork categories (painting and poetry) will be shortlisted for public voting, which is to further identify the top 10.

  1. Top 1: Laptop + Winning Certificate
  2. Top 2-3: Smart Phone + Winning Certificate
  3. Top 4-10: Mystery Gift Box + Winning Certificate

All the participants will be awarded with a electronic participation certificate.

Requirements for UNESCO National Art Competitions Qualification

This competition is open to all the residents in Nigeria.

Women, girls and persons living with disabilities are strongly encouraged to participate.

Important Basic Rules

  1. Participants are advised to carefully read and follow the competition guideline and rules.
  2. Entries from both individuals and collective groups are acceptable, but a collaborative group will be considered as one participant while reviewing and prizing. Participants shall enroll in their private and personal capacity and shall not be acting on behalf of any organization, governmental or non-governmental, corporate or private entities.
  3. Entries within the framework of this competition certifies and warrants that his/her/their artwork does not violate the rights of a third party and/or any copyright.
  4. By submitting their artwork, the participant authorize UNESCO and Spotlight Initiative to use the same for purpose of public information, including but not limited to publish the results of the competition in the spoken, written, and/or electronic media – with the name of the creator(s), to exhibit or publish any of the submitted artworks anywhere in the world, as well as to use them to support documentation and awareness raising materials, such as calendar, dairies, and other publications related to the Spotlight Initiative, including dedicated websites.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for UNESCO National Art Competitions

  • Only the finalists and some other outstanding artworks selected by the selection committee will be contacted and required to deliver their original (physical) artworks to UNESCO Abuja, and this cost of delivery will be covered by UNESCO Abuja.

Application Deadline

September 30, 2020

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to UNESCO on to apply
  1. The entry shall be submitted through the online form, appropriately filled. (This may require you to sign in or create your Google account to fill in the submission form. Should you encounter any difficulty in submission, please feel free to contact Bin Chen at [email protected](link sends e-mail) for support.)
  2. Each participant may submit a single artwork, which shall be sent in its final form, in the electronic format (.pdf, .png, .jpg, or .doc) and colorful mode as well as aligned with the requirements (not more than 10 MB).

For more details, visit UNESCO website

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