by : Rukayatu Amidu
Each year, the Embassy of the United Mexican States to the Eastern Caribbean states organize a drawing contest for children of both genders, drawn from all over the world to participate and demonstrate their artistic skills and imagination by drawing or painting arts and historical scenes of Mexico’s independence.
Last year was named “Alebrijes ” which means, fantastic figures around the world.
This festive history known as the War of Independence began at dawn on September 16th 1810, when Father Miguel Hidalgo pronounced the “Grito de Dolores” and ended on September 27, 1821, with the triumphant entry of the Trigarante Army, headed by Agustín de Iturbide and Vicente Guerrero, into Mexico City. The main motive behind the creativity contest is to award creative and talented children in the world.
The contest is mainly for children between the ages of 6 to 15. After the drawings, the jury selects 12 winners and the community selects 28 honourable mentions by means of electronic votes.
Twelve winners receive recognition and the 40 artworks selected will form part of a travelling exhibition that is inaugurated in Mexico City and travel around the world.
The elected winners of last year’s contest were Helana Zajdel from Polonia, Dara Pascosillo from Bolivia, Samuel Alejandro Yanez from Estado de Mexico, Daniel Barav from Israel, Maria Wyszynski from Ciudad de Mexico, Sammy Hillery from Sacramento, Zicheng Chen from Guangzhou, Andrea Gomez from Miami, Mina Cermikli from Estambul, Diya Gauri from Trinidad Y Tobago, Lucia Rojo from Paises Bajo followed by a Ghanaian young girl by the name Mitchelle Bannerman who was able to win the contest and make her country proud.
The award was presented by the Ambassador of Mexico to Ghana, His Excellency Mr. Enrique Escorca who congratulated Mitchelle for her creativity.