Gayi Eric from Uganda has been crowned the 2021 BIC Art Master of Africa after successfully sailing past 6350 entities submitted from 52 countries in Africa.
The competition that took a totalof 210 hours to be complete saw Eric pocket Ksh222,300 the grand price for the winner from the African Continent.
Seconf place Cameroonian Kamgaing came second after developing an art piece titled ‘In My Room’, while Odaro Franklin Osaivbie from Nigeria came third with his art piece ‘Entranced’. Kamgaing and Osaivbie will now pocket Ksh111,150 and Ksh55,575 respectively.
The competition is sponsored by BIC, a world monster in the stationery industry and it encourages talent across Africa and the Middle East to showcase their creativity and create a piece of art, using the famous BIC Ball Pen.
The fourth edition, the event will be hosted by a renowned comedian Timothy Kimani alias Njugush where the national winner will be awarded on the 13th of October 2021, at the BIC Headquarters in Kasarani.
The Kenyan edition shall be stream lived on Facebook. Apart from one continent-wide winner, BIC also awards 11 winners from countries within the Africa region.
Peter Van den Broeck, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of BIG in Middle East and Africa has said that the competition has allowed the company to support thousands of talents across the region.
“We are proud of the impact that the Art Master Africa competition has had on talent in the region to date. BIC has a longstanding history with art, and the inception of the Art Master Africa competition has allowed us to support thousands of talent across the region. With the competition expanding into the Middle East this year, we are confident that we will continue to motivate and shine a bright light on talent across the region creating a future generation of creative and inspiring individuals.”
The BIC Art Master competition was incepted in 2017 in South Africa. Following its success, the competition expanded to include the Africa region in 2019. This year, the competition expanded even further to include the Middle East, reaching more than 3,700 artists.
The competition is competition is an annual event that invites artists to creatively develop art pieces using the iconic BIC Ball Pen.