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9-Year-Old Wins National Essay Competition In Ogun

The winner of the National Essay Competition, Chisom Della Ebere poses with her dummy cheque
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - A nine year-old Chisom Ebere Della of Community Primary School, Ihiagwa in Owerri west of Imo state on Monday emerged champion of the Olatunde Abudu Primary Schools Essay Competition (COAPSEC) organized for pupils in both public and private primary schools in Nigeria.

Della came 1st with 77 points to defeated the two other finalists to clinch the N250,000 grand prize for the competition with her essay titled “Against All Odds: Nigeria in Full Bloom".

The final of the maiden National Essay competition held at Nobel House College, Abeokuta, Ogun State was competed by 115 participants in both public and private primary schools across the country.

The competition organized by a foremost philanthropist in Ogun state, Chief Olatunde Abudu was aimed at encouraging creative writing among the youths across the country.

The second place went to Temiloluwa Adewumi of Tender House school, Abeokuta with a sum of N175,000 while the third place went to Darasimi Adeleke of Olive Branch Junior School, Oshogbo who received N125,000.

Speaking with newsmen, Della said she was motivated to write such essay because her passion for Nigeria to be great again.

The winner added that the feat would propel her to do more in attaining her dreams and potentials.

She said, “I am nine years old, I am in Basic 6 at Community Primary school, Ihiagwa in Imo state. I feel grateful for coming first in this essay competition, it is the grace of God that made me win this.

Winners of the maiden edition of the National Essay Competition with the Nobel House College Principal, Hussaina Ishaya-Audu and Chief Olatunde Abudu with other dignitaries at the event
“What inspire me to write this kind of essay on the topic against all odds Nigeria in full bloom was because I want the country to be greater than it is now”.

Speaking on the purpose of the competition, Chief Abudu explained that it became imperative to start grooming children to be real life problem solvers.

He explained that the topic was chosen so that the children from early age would begin to engage in leadership conversation.

He added that the mission is to provide scholarship for brilliant students who does not have the privilege of going to school with good facility and convenient environment for learning.

He said, “I think my motivation is simply the realization of the role of education in the life of everyone. Because education develops the mind, body and give the opportunity in life to educated people over the world.

“I made up my mind that if I have the opportunity I am going to create an environment where students from all cadre in the society particularly the less privileged would be given the opportunity of being educated in an environment with highly equipped facility and environment that bring about role of leadership.

“You will found out that majority of the student here are on scholarship given by me and the first year that we started this college, the first entrance about 12 of them were given scholarship.

“I believe that education should be given to all people and poverty or lack of funds should not be a problem to a very bright diligent student that is why I have this great scheme to provide scholarship for such student”.

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