Entries For Annual Okonkwo Essay Competition For Secondary Schools Open

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Entries For Annual Okonkwo Essay Competition For Secondary Schools Open

The entries for the 15th Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition for Secondary School Students in Nigeria open from March 26 to June 1.

The competition which is one of Dr. Mike Okonkwo’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities, is aimed at raising the standard in the educational sector in the country and at the same time sensitize the students by making them analytically minded so as to excel in their world by developing their ability to think through issues.

This essay competition is also a part of the activities lined up to mark the 73rd birthday of Dr. Mike Okonkwo, the presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM).

The topic for this year’s competition is “Nigeria’s Unity: Matters Arising”.

Over the years the competition has been very successful in reshaping the thought pattern of the students to develop problem-solving skills. The Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition spans over a decade of developing and rewarding the writing skills of Nigerian youths towards national development.

Like previous years, the star winner school gets three sets of desktop computers and a printer, while the student goes home with a trophy, laptop, plaque and a cash gift of N100,000. The first runner up school gets two sets of desktop computers and a printer and the student goes home with a cash prize of N75,000 and a plaque. The second runner up school gets a desktop computer, while the student gets a plaque and a cash prize of N50,000.

For participation in the 15th Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition for Secondary School Students, the entry requirements include: Essay of maximum of 2000 words, a passport photograph of the student, full name, address, contact telephone number, class, school and name and telephone contact of the principal. Essay could be submitted through email to essay@trem.org or by post to The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) International Headquarters, Obanikoro/ Anthony-Oke, Bus Stop Lagos.

Topics handled over the years include: 2004 edition (securing the Nigerian future: improving the standards of education), 2005 edition (building leaders for tomorrow a collective responsibility), 2006 edition (lawlessness and the rule of law in the Nigerian society), 2007 edition (political office and governance: for gain or service?), 2008 edition (the role of the judiciary in sustenance of democracy), 2009 edition (global economic trend: the alternatives for Nigeria), 2010 edition (Nigeria @ 50: its leadership, development and the future), 2011 edition (survival of the Nigerian state: political and economic implications), 2012 edition (dependence of Nigeria economy on crude oil – any alternatives?), 2013 edition (overcoming the Nigerian security challenges: a panacea for national growth and development). In 2014 the topic was (The Power of Your Vote: a catalyst for a stable and united Nigeria), 2015,(The Nigerian Political Class and the Citizens Quest for Good Governance), 2016,(The State of the Nigerian Nation: Redefining our Values) and in 2017 the topic was(Made in Nigeria Products: The Vehicle for Sustainable Development).

The prizes for this year’s competition will be presented to the winners at the 19th Mike Okonkwo Annual Lecture, which has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at the Muson Centre (Shell Hall) by 10.00 am prompt. The topic of the Essay Competition is also the topic for this year’s Annual Lecture.

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