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Patience Brown, Precious Amarachi and Akinwande Akinboluwarin emerge winners of the 11 th Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition

For her ability to expressed herself in an informed opinion on contemporary issues of national significance as a carefully defined criteria proposed by the Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition for Secondary School Students in Nigeria, Miss Patience Brown of Apapa Senior High School. Apapa, who scored 68% during the first stage of the competition repeated her performance at the second stage of the competition again to emerge the overall winner of this year’s 11 th Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition for Secondary School 2014.

In the second position was Precious Nwaigwe of St. Francis Catholic Secondary School, Idimu, Lagos. who scored 66% to emerge second in the second stage of the competition, interestingly, she came fourth, scoring 60% at the earlier stage, while Master Akinwande Akinboluwarin of Greater Tomorrow International School, Arigidi Akoko. Ondo State scored 63% at the first stage and 65% at the second to emerge third position.

The fourth position in this year’s competition went to Master David Oluwasoromidayo of Roshalom International Secondary School who scored 65% in the first entry but dropped to 64% in the second stage.

According to the Chief examiner of the Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition Prof. Akachi Ezigbo of the Dept. of English, University of Lagos, “The students who meet our carefully defined criteria are usually those who have and can express an informed opinion on contemporary issues of national significance proposed by the organizers of the competition. In assessing their entries, we look out for how much they know of the issue, their capacity to express that knowledge in Standard English usage and their ability to follow tested methods of expressing knowledge acquired through observation, reading and experience”

She stressed that in this year’s submission, out of the more than 2,000 submission that were given to her for assessment, “the four candidates who scaled through the first stage proved their intellectual prowess in the second stage by satisfying our criteria” adding that “the close correlation in the mark scored by the student at both stages of the competition validates their efforts”

For coming top in this year’s competition, Patience Brown of Apapa Senior High School, Apapa will get a cheque of N100,000, a Laptop, plaque, while the school gets three (3) set of Internet ready Computers and a printer. Precious Amarachi who came second will go home with a cheque of N75,000, a plaque and the school will get two (2) Internet ready computers and a printer. For emerging the third position in this year’s competition, Akinwande Akinboluwarin of Greater Tomorrow International School, Ondo State will go home with a cheque of N50,000, a plaque and the school gets an Internet Ready Computer. The fourth candidate David Oluwasoromidayo of Roshalom International Secondary School Egbeda will get a consolation price of N20,000.

The prices for the winners of the 11 th Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition for Secondary School in the country will be presented at this year’s Mike Okonkwo Annual Lecture at the Shell Hall Muson Center, Onikan, Lagos on September 4 th. 2014. The theme for this year’s lecture is THE POWER OF YOUR VOTE: A Catalyst for a Stable and United Nigeria.

Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition was initiated in the year 2004, as part of activities to celebrate the Birthday of the Presiding Bishop of TREM, Dr. Mike Okonkwo (MFR) and more importantly to contribute to the development of the Educational Sector.

Dr. Mike Okonkwo, has continued in this gesture for the past 11 years using his God given talent, strength and resources to be a blessing to the younger generation in the pursuant of academic excellence by encouraging them to cultivate the habit of reading and writing effectively. This man of God, who believes in absolute development of mankind in all facet of life, has used the institutionalization of Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition to achieve this dream and desire.

The essay competition program has helped some students that participated in the program to develop more interest in research work, reading extensively and writing constructively. Apart from serving as a tool to encourage reading and writing, the competition has also given the students the opportunity to bare their minds on topical issues that are of significant importance to the social-economic development of our nation. The essay competition has also contributed towards ICT development in the secondary schools especially in government owned schools. Winners have emerged from both governments owned schools and private schools and they have always been encouraged with gifts both in kind and cash.

The chief sponsor and visionier of the program is Dr. Mike Okonkwo, a man who believes in absolute development of mankind in all facet of life. He is confident of the fact that Nigerian youths can compete favourably with their counterpart in developed nation if given the opportunity and are well motivated.

First Prize Winner Folatomi Alli-Balogun of Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls, Lagos

The winners of the 10th edition of the Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition for Secondary Schools in Nigeria have been announced. From the two thousand, one hundred and thirty five (2135) entries received, Folatomi Alli-Balogun of Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls, Lagos, emerged the overall winner of this year’s competition.

According to the chief examiner of the competition Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo, a Professor of English at the University of Lagos, apart from scoring the highest mark of 80% at the second stage of the competition, Folatomi, “writes with confidence and her ideas and diction are apt and quite appealing. Any reader of the work will detect surface modesty in her expression, but underneath lies great sophistication of thought which comes out effortlessly in her presentation. It is obvious that the skill she has shown in both stages of the competition is the result of her own effort.”

Second Place Winner, Mark Nwanbiankea of Lagos State Senior Model College, Badore

Mark Nwanbiankea. a student of Lagos State Senior Model Collage, Badore, came second with a score of 75%. He was closely followed by Samuel Edet of Government Technical College, Calabar, Cross River State, who emerged the second runners-up. For emerging the overall winner, Folatomi Alli-Balogun will be receiving a price of N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) and a Laptop for herself, and three sets of Internet ready Desktop Computers with Printer for her School.

Mark Nwanbiankea will receive N75,000.00 (Seventy Five Thousand Naira) for himself and two sets of internet ready desktop computers with printer for his school. Samuel Effion Edet who came third will receive N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira) for himself and a set of Internet ready desktop computer for his school. A consolation price of N20,000.00 (Twenty Thousand Naira) will be given to the two remaining finalists of the completion.

All the prices will be presented to the winner at the 14 th Edition of Mike Okonkwo annual lecture on September 5, 2013 at the Shell Hall of Muson Center, Onikan, Lagos at 9.30 a.m.

Third Place Winner, Samuel Edet of Government Technical College, Calabar, Cross River State

The Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition was introduced as part of the activities to mark the birthday celebration of Dr. Mike Okonkwo the Presiding Bishop of TREM, and primarily to contribute towards improving the standard of education in the country in addition to exposing students at that educational level to topical issues that affect Nigeria.

Since the establishment of the Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition, various topics that offer solution to the issues in the Nigerian Polity have been treated in the last Fourteen (14) Years. You can see more about the past topics here.

Once again, a big congratulation to all the worthy winners!

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