The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has launched an art contest to honour Super Eagles’ star, Kelechi Iheanacho.
The Nigerian international helped his English Premier League side, Leicester City claim the FA Cup at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday in London. The NCAC has decided to appreciate the love and patriotism to Nigeria he displayed after the final whistle.
The former Manchester City striker and Super Eagles’ teammate, Wilfred Ndidi were instrumental in Leicester City;’s victory over Champions League finalists Chelsea. The Nigerian duo have been integral to Leicester’s performance this season. .
Iheanacho and Ndidi celebrated the win by embarking on a lap of honour around the stadium with a flag of Nigeria. This act of patriotism has caused the NCAC, led by Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, to come up with a creative way to honor him.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Director-general of NCAC and president World Crafts Council, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, described the show of love for one country by Iheanacho as an uncommon display of patriotism that must not go uncelebrated.
“Beneath the pomp, glitz and glamour of the English FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester City, a unique, spectacular and outstanding show of patriotism was on display. It came in the manner of Kelechi Iheanacho, the big boy of Leicester City FC, soaked in love for Nigeria,” Otunba Runsewe explained.
Runsewe further explained that the country was proud to have Kelechi Iheanacho as an ambassador at a time where the country had received a lot of bad press. “So, we decided that this is a unique occasion that we must quickly celebrate Kelechi Iheanacho for telling the world that Nigeria can do it and even do it better,” he said.
The NCAC contest is to determine the best artistic impression of Iheanacho wrapped with Nigerian flag and carrying a Nigerian basketball on his head. It is only open to Abuja artists because of the time limit.
“We want to come up with an artistic impression of Iheanacho that will be sent to our galleries and showcase all-over the world for doing the right thing. I like to tell you that one of our disconnects is that we don’t celebrate our best, which is dangerous. This will be a new chapter we want to open, Runsewe explained.
“We will have some jurists to identify the best, second, third and possibly the fourth of these pictures and it will be celebrated all-over Nigeria, particularly during our NAFEST 2021 coming up in Ekiti,” Runsewe stated.
Kelechi Iheanacho has been in scintillating form this season, helping Leicester win the FA Cup and challenge for a top four finish in the Premier League. The former Manchester City man will be hoping to bring his fine form to the Super Eagles’ friendlies this summer.