Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule has expressed confidence that literary giants in the class of Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka and world-renowned Chinua Achebe would emerge from the competitors in the Lagos State secondary schools essay competition as Miss Omojola Eunice Oluwatofunmi of Jakande Estate Comprehensive Senior College, Alimosho emerged as winner.
Dr. Adebule, who was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Adesina Odeyemi said, “I am particularly impressed by their sense of record of the past, their accurate grasp on the current development of the State by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and their own vision of what future Lagos State they expect in relation to the vision and mission of this Administration”.
She noted that the competition with the topic “Lagos @ 50: Past, Present and the Future” was to discover and promote the gift of deep thought and articulate writing skills in students, as well as help contestants convey ideas, communicate philosophy, recall occurrences and peep into the future.
While encouraging the students not to relent in seeking knowledge, she reminded them that Literary Giants like Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka and the World renowned Chinua Achebe, as well as critical thinkers in the likes of Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Aminu Kano, Prof. Bala Usman amongst others, started like them.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary in a welcome address delivered on his behalf by Mrs. Omobola Babs-Akinyeye, recalled that over the years, essay competitions in schools provided a platform for students to strive for excellent performance in the art of writing.
“The contest also created the opportunity to discover students with hidden talents and enhanced their learning skills for education development”, he added.
The winner of the senior category, Omojola Eunice while speaking on behalf of other contestants, expressed appreciation to the State Government for providing the opportunity for them to express themselves literarily and promised that they will continue to strive in their academic pursuits to justify the huge investment of government in the sector.
While Eunice defeated 99 other contestants to clinch the trophy, the second position went to Akinniyi Oluwasikemi of Lagos State Senior Model College, Igbokuta and Odeyale Micheal of LABASCO Senior College, Agege emerged third.
The Junior Secondary category of the competition produced Ojerinde Faith of Model College Kankon, Kilanko Abiola Idowu and Ajayi Sedoto Testimony as the winner, first and second runners-up respectively.