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BIC Announces Nigerian Winners Of Its Flagship 2021 ‘Art Master Africa’ Competition

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BIC Announces Nigerian Winners Of Its Flagship 2021 ‘Art Master Africa’ Competition—-BIC, a world leader in stationery, lighters, and shavers, recently  announced the winners of its ‘Art Master Africa’ competition. The competition encourages  talent across Africa and the Middle East to create a piece of art, using the famous BIC Ball Pen.


Amongst the winners, two Nigerian artists were announced in third and fourth places – proudly  presenting Nigerian talent amongst the top ten Art Masters of Africa.

The ‘Art Master Africa’ winners included one continent-wide winner as well as 11 winners
from countries within the region. Nigerian artist Odaro Franklin osaivbie was announced the
third place winner with his art piece, ‘Entranced’. Artist Andrew Nathan came in fourth place  with his art piece ‘Value’.

Both artists have been rewarded with a cash prize of USD500 and USD300 respectively
amongst other branded gift items at an event held at the BIC head office in Lagos, Nigeria. The  event saw the attendance of the 2020 BIC Art Master of Africa, Fatiou Aboudou.

The piece ‘Entranced’ was created using five BIC Ball Pens and took a total of 200 hours to
complete while Nathan’s piece ‘Value’ was created using five BIC ball pens and took a total of  180 hours to complete.

Continent wide, Ugandan artist Gayi Eric was named the 2021 BIC Art Master of Africa. His
portrait titled ‘Circle of Life’. Announced as a second place winner,  was Kamgaing from Cameroon, who developed the art piece titled ‘In My Room’.

Expressing his delight and excitement, third place Art Master of Africa,
Odaro Franklin osaivbie, said: “I am a big fan of BIC pens because of their unique ball points.

I  use them to write and draw. I am grateful for BIC for running the Art Master Africa competition  which allows talent across the region to express themselves through art and creativity. I am  blessed to have been rewarded at such a meaningful competition. This is a very proud moment  for me.”

Commenting on the occasion, Senior Sales Manager West Africa,Guillaume Groues, said: “We  are proud of the impact that the Art Master Africa competition has had on talent across the  region, and are even more proud to have two winners from Nigeria amongst the top ten artists  in Africa this year. Human expression and creativity are core values of BIC, and the inception  of the Art Master Africa competition is testament to that. The competition has allowed us to  support thousands of talent in Nigeria and across the continent. We are proud of how far we’ve  come and we look forward to recognizing more Nigerian talent in the future.”

The Art Master Africa competition is an annual competition that invites artists to creatively
develop art pieces using the iconic BIC Ball Pen. The competition fosters creativity in Nigeria  and across the region.

BIC has long been connected to art and regularly celebrates the creativity and originality of
talented individuals. In 2018, BIC hosted the first of its kind exhibition with 150 creations of  art by 80 international artists. The collection, which started in the late nineties at an exhibition  in Italy devoted to the life story of Marcel Bich today consists of more than 250 works by  internationally recognized or upcoming artists. BIC has a number of established partnerships  with art institutes around the world and has its products displayed in a number of renowned  museums around the world.

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