The intentionally committed focus of The Dawn Project is to raise greater awareness, advocacy and education amongst citizens on the importance of environmental consciousness. The Dawn Project's unique approach to the climate crisis as proposed in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Nos. 13 - Take Urgent Action to Combat Climate Change and Its Impact is through the adoption of Art (spoken, written, musical, visual and/or movement) as a means of expressing the issues and seeking creative solutions.
The Dawn Project was formed by a group of collaborators dedicated to addressing the consequences of climate change through artistic expression to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment which is beneficial to the well-being of all citizens. Collaborators include: Mr. Desmond Majekodunmi, Mrs. Angela Emuwa, Stanley Evans MBE and Dr. Pamela Ajayi amongst others.
The Dawn Project hosts annual Poetry Competitions with the aim of raising awareness amongst citizens about the issues surrounding environmental degradation and climate change. In 2020, on the World Poetry Day, the Dawn Project initiated a Poetry competition that targeted children and adults alike. The goal was simple; everyone has to be part of the solution to the environmental problems and climate realities that are threatening the very existence of mankind. It was based on the poem 'A Plea' by Pamela Ajayi written in 2005. Entries from the competition were expertly reviewed by authors, writing teachers and education professionals.
Over 1600 submissions were received Pan-Nigeria out of which 30 people emerged winners from the 4 Categories which included: Age 7-14 Category, Age 15-18 Category, Adult Category and Creative Design. Lots of other prizes were won. Ada Udeh, Satomi James, and Daniel Eta won in the 7-14 years. While Favour Ajileye, Baki Adams, and Adams Olajumoke, won in the 15-18 category and Esere Gibson won the overall Prize in the Adult section. Over N650,000 cash was won.
The Main Event
On the 26th of September 2020, the World Environmental Health Day, The Dawn Project held Nigeria’s Largest Environmental Hybrid Event. A prize-giving day webinar with over 770 people in attendance and 70 other people physically present at Freedom Park, Lagos Island. Distinguished Speakers and Panelists were present at the webinar. They included; Her Excellency, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo; the British Deputy Commissioner to Nigeria, HE Ben Llewelyn-Jones OBE; Her Excellency, Mrs. Ajoke Muritala- Mohammed, The Commissioner for Health- Lagos State, Prof. Akin Abayomi and amongst others. (To view click here)
NaijaTrees4life was an initiative launched by The Dawn Project in 2020 to give away 250 trees in Lagos and its environs. This initiative is dedicated to the preservation of Nigerian Indigenous trees as a means of battling harmful emissions. Donations of the trees were by and Lufasi Park.
Tree Planting in Schools
The Dawn Project Network also engaged schools and their students on important issues such as climate change and the preservation of nature. This was in a bid to create a community that prioritizes the environment and the protection of the Earth. We started with Opebi Senior and Junior Grammar School. These two schools were visited on the 15th December 2020, where Trees were planted and the School children educated on these pressing issues.
Plans for 2021
1. The Dawn Project is launching its 2021 Competition called “Climate Change: Poetry & Pictures, The View from the Heart and Eyes” competition. This year’s competition invites participants both children and adults to write a creative poem illustrating the issues surrounding climate change, environmental crisis and ecological topics. In addition, entries in pictorial form such as photography, Art, illustration, graphic design, motion graphics, craft or cinematography are welcome. All are invited to participate. Events for 2021 include:
Competition launch which is on Sunday, 21st of March,2021(World Poetry Day)
Deadline is on 30th of April, 2021. There will be an educational event for children.
A Prize-giving day Ceremony on the 26th of September, 2021 (World Environmental Health Day).
Other Dates include:
The Dawn Project intends to plant trees over Nigeria, with support from sponsors and partners. We are planning the following initiatives:
Plant trees in schools with an educational program for school children
Donate trees – To encourage individuals, organizations, communities and the government to plant trees
2. Partner with Lagos State Government to Plant more trees
3. Recycling - Goal is achieve zero waste status through reusing, composting and other green practices. Host conferences and events to help raise awareness about recycling and further green technologies.
4. Renewable Energy - This initiative would provide opportunities to partner with cleantech companies to help increase awareness about green power use among citizens.
5. Other including production of promotional materials.