The Mike Okonkwo Educational and Youth Initiative has awarded scholarships to winners of its essay competition.
This is in celebration of the 77th birthday of the founder of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, Bishop Mike Okonkwo.
Speaking at the event which was also the 21st Mike Okonkwo Annual lecture and presentation of prizes, Okonkwo said the yearly event, which coincided with his birthday, was his way of contributing to education.
“I don’t think there’s any country in the world that is endowed as this nation. There is none. The only thing is that they were able to manage what they have,” Okonkwo said.
The chief examiner, Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo, said the committee received over 1,000 entries from secondary schools across the country on the topic, ‘Nigeria, a country at war against itself: The problems, solutions, and way forward.’
Ezeigbo, who was represented by Dr Adaobi Muo, of the National Institute of Nigerian Language, Abia, said, “The 10 best essay writers were invited to the second round of the competition to write on the topic, ‘2023 election: A new Nigeria or descent into chaos.’
Cash prizes of N100, 000, N75, 000, and N50, 000, as well as plaques, were presented to the first, second, and third place winners respectively, while the top three winning schools were also presented with computer sets.
A final year Senior Secondary School student from State Senior High School in Ikeja, Oluwanifemi Ayeni, emerged overall winner and was presented with a laptop and cash gift.
Abolaji Yekini of Ijegun Senior Comprehensive High School, Isolo, was the first runner up and Leila Eneche of Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls, Oregun, Ikeja, was the second runner up.