The Flower Power Competition
In preparing towards the Garden and Flower Show 2, The Garden and Flower Club and The Winihin Jemide Series launched a series of competitions to showcase and identify the unseen creativity, talent and knowledge of the horticulture industry.
In this Category, 5 landscape and photographers were asked to capture landscape scenes that depicted the theme “It’s a Wonderful World”.
Participants in this category were:
- Emmanuel Seun Oyeleke
- Imole Balogun
- Olisa Nwoye
- Seyi Body Lawson
- Musa Tukurah
Seyi Body Lawson for best interpretation of the theme and Musa Tukurah for best picture photography.
The Winihin Jemide Series in Partnership with the National Youth Service Corporation, Eti-Osa 1 Local Government and as part of the Youth Experience Days Africa an essay competition was organized involving 8 Government secondary schools.
The schools were as follows;
- Government Junior Secondary School
- Government Senior Secondary School
- Kuramo Junior Secondary School
- Kuramo Senior Secondary School
- Methodist Secondary School
- Victoria Island Junior Secondary School
- Victoria Island Senior Secondary School
Each school nominated three participants to write an invigilated three hundred word Essay on the topic “Flowers make the world beautiful”.
Two winners emerged from the junior and senior schools.
The winning school had their kitchen renovated by the Winihin Jemide Series.
Garden and Flower Show 2
Nigeria @ 100- Waste to Wonderful
Date: 30th May – 1st June 2014
- Day 1: 12pm- 6pm
- Day 2: 9am- 6pm
- Day 3: 9am- 6pm
Venue: The Grand Banquet Hall, Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island.
Nigeria@100 – Waste to Wonderful held at the Oriental hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. It was a three-day event powered by The Winihin Jemide Series in July 2014, attended by over 1,200 visitors and was opened by Sally Mbanefo, Former Director –General Nigeria Tourism Developmental Corporation.
The event welcomed leading horticultural exhibitors from Nigeria. Exhibitors and floral art demonstrators from the horticultural societies of South Africa, Kenya and Ghana were also in attendance. The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), one of the world’s leading agricultural research centers in finding solutions to hunger, malnutrition, and poverty, manned two stalls and gave talks on growing agricultural produce for domestic and medicinal uses.
The event included musical performances from awardwinning Nigerian performers, Timi Dakolo and Bez and featured floral demonstrations by Kim Zimmerman President of the South African Flower Union and food demonstrations by leading Nigerian chefs, Chef Fregz and Chef Obaseki.
There was a talk show hosted by Eku Edewor of Studio 53 Extra, were the audience engaged with the panelist asking horticulture related questions.
Alongside its theme the event had 4 focal points designed and interpreted by Mrs. Winihin Jemide exploding with floral art
- The Mad Hatter tea in the book Alice in Wonderland
- Waste to Wonderful
- Animal Farm
- The Vegetable Patch
The Garden show had 26 exhibition booths showcasing many floral vendors exhibiting flowers, plants and plant-inspired items such as fabrics, wallpaper, stationery, crockery, aromatherapy products and home accessories. A central feature of the show was awarding the winners of the competitions in photography, essay writing, floral arrangement and stall design, all of which were judged by leading experts in these fields.
This show saw the launch of a 100-page magazine in glossy finish simply titled ‘The Garden Show’ featuring 5 beautiful and brilliant gardens from 5 cities in Nigeria. The magazine is a garden lovers handbook with tip bit, insights and takes alongside an overview of the garden and flower show II.
There were three categories for this competition,
- Best Floral Arrangement
- Best Stall
- Best Theme Interpretation.
Competitors were asked to interpret the themes “Waste to Wonderful” and “It’s a Wonderful World”.
Participants were –
- 0700 Flowers
- Aralia by Nature
- Evans Oton
- Flower Plus
- Flower Stalk
- Jasmine Rose
- Omar Gardens
Best Floral Arrangement Winner: Jasmine Rose
Best Stall Winner: Aralia by Nature
Best Theme Interpretation Winner: Flower Plus
The Judges Profiles
Photography Competition Judges.
TY Bello is a musician and photographer. Releasing major hit sons like ‘Greenland’ and ‘The Future’, TY Bello is an icon of consciousness and her music is a call to shed light on significant problems. Her 70’s afro-style hairdo and vivacious personality make her standout from the crowd and add to her eccentricity. Her passion for creativity led her to become a professional photographer through which she covers families and events. Her work is of high quality and this has given earned her a strong reputation in the industry. With works displayed and features in various contributions, the musician-photographer is considered a celebrity photographer.
She also stages an annual photography exhibition to raise funds for orphans in the country. TY Bello is currently a contributing photographer of This Day Style, one of the nation’s most widely read weekly newspaper inserts.
Kelechi Amadi-Obi, after obtaining a law degree and his call to bar in 1993, settled to full-time studio art. He has earned international recognition for both his photography and paintings. His unique style and mastery of aesthetics and creative lighting in his painting have been reinvented in his photography to create understanding, dynamic and result oriented photography for his client. Some of his works have been featured in exhibitions within and outside Nigeria. These include; 2006 ‘’Snap judgement’’ –New position in contemporary African Photography, International Centre of Photography , New York, USA, 2005 ‘’Depth of Field’’ South London Gallery, UK, 2004, ‘’Lagos’’ Ifa Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany, 2003 ‘’Transferts’’ Africalia, Brussels, Belgium. In 2004, he won the St. Moritz Style Award for photography.
Barret Ese Akokabayen
Barret Ese Akokabayen studied fine art at the university of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) majoring in painting and graphics. Following his degree, he under studied Bruce Onobrakpeya for 5 years and became one of the first 14 artist to pioneer for the Harmattan workshop series. He has done works for Airtel, Etisalat, Globacom, Cadbury, Pepsi and Access bank and won Mode Men Award for photographer of the year 2010. Currently, he is a senior lecturer in Yaba College of Technology where he teaches Graphics, Illustration, Computer Design and photography.
Essay Competition Judges
Ngozi is a lover of words and expression, an attorney. She believes in the power of beautiful language and is in awe of mastery of it. While she continues to strive to balance the unbending disciplines that the practice of law demands with the sweet freedom that every day, colour-outside-the-lines, writing can bring, she lives with the love of her life and their two children in what remains one of her favourite cities, Lagos.
Koko Kalango is the founder of the Rainbow Book Club and the ‘’Get Nigeria Reading Again’’ initiative. She is an award-winning writer and columnist who is passionate about rekindling the culture of reading in the nation. She was also the festival Director of the 2009 Garden City Literary Festival (GCLF). She recognises the importance of information, education and other benefits that accompany a healthy reading hab
Best Stall and Floral Arrangement Judges
Kim Zimmermann is The Chairperson of the Judges Panel, Western Cape Association of Flower Arrangers in South Africa. Her passion for gardening and flowers has driven her to make numerous flower demonstrations. It is this enthusiasm that has led to her involvement in the Garden Show in Nigeria to support the horticulture movement in the country. She brings with her a wealth of experience from participation on the judging of various events.
Beatrice Agama (HRM) is a Nurse and activist from Yenaka, Yenagoa Local Government Area, of Bayelsa State with a passion for gardening and horticulture. She is fondly referred to as a ‘plant whisperer’. She has held various positions in civil society groups and volunteer organisations serving as president or chairperson of the National Council of Women Societies Rivers State Chapter, The Ladies Philanthropic society, Inner wheel club district 9140 and country rep, Women’s Commission Rivers State and quite notably a 3 time president of the Port-Harcourt horticultural society.
May Agbamuche-Mbu is a lawyer with a passion for gardening and a love animals. She is currently the managing director of Norfolk Partners (Legal practitioners) and Editor of ‘THISDAY Lawyer’, a Tuesday legal insert. Her main areas of specialisation are Corporate and International Business Law, Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Arbitration ADR. May Agbamuche-Mbu enjoys travelling and bring back a variety of flowers from everywhere she goes. She considers gardening to be a calming pastime. Her love for horticulture and beautiful garden led to her feature in a 2013 publication, ‘Imagine a Garden’ coffee table book.
The Flower Power Award
At the Garden and Flower show 2014, The Garden and Flower Club and The Winihin Jemide Series presented The Flower Power Award, to honour individuals who have paved the way for a generation of flower lovers and garden enthusiasts by passionately sharing their knowledge and time, ensuring that the love of all thing’s horticulture found its roots in Nigeria.
Her Excellency, Ajoke Murtala Muhammed
Mrs Ajoke Murtala Muhammed is a dentist therapist by profession and the founder and chief executive of the Murtala Muhammed Memorial Gardens located in Lagos, Nigeria. She is an active advocate for preservation and environmental sustainability. Passionate about horticulture, she worked assiduously to bring the forefront of conversations, a need for conservation and the commercialization of horticulture. Lending her time to teach at Queens College about gardening and botany, she advanced knowledge in botany.
Mrs Murtala Muhammed is also involved in a green belt movement which deals with planting of trees and has established the first Botanical garden in the federal capital territory, Abuja on behalf of the FCT ministry. She takes the time to nurture this expensive garden and continually attend informative event to update her already apt knowledge to botany. It is these, amongst other initiatives towards advancing horticulture in Nigeria and her commitment to improving the environment, that have inspired us to present her with the flower power award.
Post Humous Award
Late Major General Henry Adefope
The late major general Henry Adefope was an astute military general, multi-talented sportsman and a diplomat. He held many momentous positions which helped to form the country such as; Minister of Labour (1975-1978), minister of foreign affairs (1978-1979). Major general Adefope encouraged other fields of development especially in sports; he was appointed chairman of the national sports council (1067-1971) and the President of the Nigerian Olympic Committee (1967- 1976). Even with these hallmarks, he is described as selfless and humble. Ever lending on various frontier, his vigor was equally matched by tenderness. As the one- time President of the Lagos Horticultural Society where he highlighted the considerable benefits of horticulture. it was a wonder that even with his military background, he could be part of a movement on something as delicate as flowers and gardens. Having served as an inspiration to other veteran horticulture and fueling the proclivity towards nature. Major General Adefope is presented with the Flower Power Award, posthumous.
HRH Mrs. Beatrice Agama JP, MFR
Mrs. Beatrice Agama is widely known for her love of gardening and passion for floral art. What began as an hobby in the late 1950s became an all-consuming passion. A nurse and midwife by training she continued to work throughout the Nigerian civil war giving care to wounded soldiers at the battle front. Post war, she became deeply involved in the rehabilitation of girl children displaced by the conflict and began a vocational programme for them that later grew to include inmates of the prisons of Port-Harcourt. A founding member of the Exclusive Ladies Dining Club and a 3-time President of The Port-Harcourt Horticultural Society. She has made close to 500 free wedding bouquets for brides in Port Harcourt.
HRH served on various boards including, river state tourism board, Rivers State Broadcasting group, Nigeria Tide newspapers, HYSON and Bayelsa State poverty Alleviation Board. She continues to teach arranging skills to dozens of budding enthusiasts. Her teaching assignments also include etiquette and personal grooming. Married for 51years, this graceful lady with impeccable manners though in her early 80s, can still be found tending to her garden daily.