Toyota Kenya yesterday unveiled the winners of the 13th edition of the Toyota Dream Car Art contest. The nine children aged 15 years and below were chosen after a 3-month long process of shortlisting finalists from close to 400 entries in 3 different categories from across the country. The artworks of the nine will be submitted to Japan for consideration in the World Contest where other children from more than 80 countries are also competing.

The Toyota Dream Car art contest is a global Contest held to encourage and inspire creativity in children as they imagine the future of mobility. Toyota invites children from around the world to share ideas about the future of mobility by drawing their dream car. Winners of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest in participating countries worldwide are chosen from three age categories (under 8 years old; 8-11 years old; and 12-15 years old). Judging is based on three criteria that is, artistry, uniqueness, and execution of concept. The first international contest was held in 2004 by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan. 2019 marks the 13th year of the contest.

Those who will achieve a top place in their category in the global Contest, will be invited to travel to Japan, along with winners from the other countries. During the Japan trip, winners experience Japanese culture and Toyota craftsmanship and attend the Toyota Dream Car Global Awards Ceremony while getting to know their peers from other countries.

Toyota Kenya Managing Director Arvinder Reel, while speaking at the event had this to say, “The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest wants children to have fun even as they draw their dream cars. I am very inspired by these young, yet great minds and what they have come up with. They have remarkable imaginations and have put their great ideas on paper. We are passionate about this contest because we want to show children that their dreams matter and Toyota is committed to supporting their dreams.”

Cynthia Bukanza from Mukuru Arts Club located in the Mukuru slums had this to say, “I am extremely happy and excited to be among the finalists. I love drawing and when I heard about this year’s contest, I knew that I had to participate. I hope I win it for Kenya this year.”

This year’s awards will be held in August 2019.

Below is a list of the Kenyan finalists:

Category:  12 – 15 years

Gold:                Cynthia Bukanza – Mukuru Art Club, Nairobi

Silver:              Aayushi Harshad Varsani – Oshwal Academy Nairobi

Bronze:            Emmanuel Malunga Ouko – Mukuru Arts Club, Nairobi


Category: 8 – 11 years

Gold:               Nikhil Anup Patel – Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj School,Nairobi West

Silver:              Dhara Vishaal Shah – Braeburn School, Kisumu

Bronze:           Sonakshi Kanwar Shekhwat, Nairobi

Category: Under 8 years

Gold:              Priyanka Pratin Shah – Premier Academy – Nairobi

Silver:             Magdaline Njeya – Mukuru Art Club, Nairobi

Bronze:          Arav Mittun Patel – Braeburn School, Kisumu