Otobong Nkanga Wins Belgian Art Prize 2017

Nigerian artist Otobong Nkanga received the Belgian Art Prize 2017, the oldest contemporary art award in Belgium. The prize is accompanied by a reward of 25,000 euros.

Otobong Nkanga, 42, is a visual artist and performer who handles drawing, photography, installation and video. It focuses on the interconnection between environment, architecture and history. Political themes that are explored with poetry, between narratives and memories. For the Belgian Art Prize, she presents a sculpture and three textile works that intertwine awakened dreams and visions of the world.

The exhibition Belgian Art Prize is visible until 28 May [2017] at the Palais des Beaux-Arts.

The Nigerian fine artist, Otobong Nkanga, in 2015 emerged the first African to win the Yanghyun Foundation Artist Award in Seoul, Korea. She was selected for her outstanding creativity in media and motivational photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video.

ICAO Global Aviation Training Award 2016

The Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria has won the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Global Aviation Training (GAT) award 2016.

According to Abdussalami Mohammed, the Rector of NCAT;

“ICAO had identified NCAT as the training institute with the highest number of trained instructors in addition to highest number of ICAO courses.

This recognition puts the Nigerian Aviation Industry on the driving seat of global efforts at ensuring availability of well-trained aviation professionals to effectively establish more efficiency and safety in the industry.

In view of this recognition, GAT office gave NCAT more training allocations to conduct additional courses, which include Government Safety Inspector Airworthiness, Air Operator, and Approved Maintenance Organisation Certification, Government Safety Inspector Operations, Air Operator Certification Course, Government Safety Inspector Personnel Licensing Course and Dangerous Goods Part 1.”

Technology and Innovation Expo 2017, Nigeria

Winners of the maiden edition of Technology and Innovation Expo 2017, Nigeria.

Tertiary institutions category

First: University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka

Second: Kastina Polytechnic

Third: Covenant university

Research institutions category

First: Nigeria Air Force‎ (NAF) – Air craft management technology, engine compression, washing machine;

Second: Nigeria Building and Research Institute (NIBRI), Abuja, for constructing a moveable house

Third: Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) for producing a break pad for vehicles.

First position in each category Naira 1 million, second position Naira 750,000 and third Naira 500,000; while first position in JETS category was given Naira 300,000 second position want home with Naira 200,000 and third Naira 100,000.