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Amazing!!! Winners of Naijatreks Young Writers’ Contest 2011

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Despite the fact that we have few amenities, my people still survive. What a beautiful and amazing thing!! My home town does not have good roads and water, yet they get their water from the streams and use foot paths as short-cuts… I hope that all I have written, both the good and bad sides of my home town, have proven it to be a lovable and wonderful place worthy of writing about. What a beautiful place I have come from! I adore Oyan, my home town.

Above are some of the words of Fatai Fatoki, one of the winners of the just concluded Naijatreks Young Writers’ Contest 2011 which took place at FUTA (Federal University of Technology, Akure) Secondary School, in Ondo State, yesterday.


The topic of the writing contest was “I love my home-town”, and Fatai Fatoki (SS2) took first position in the senior secondary School category, while Oladiran Esther (Jss3) took first position among the Junior Secondary School category.


They got the Naijatreks branded school bags, while those who took second and third positions were awarded adventure novels among which were The Seven Scrolls (by Wilbur Smith) and Ogboju Ode ninu Igbo Irunmole (A Brave Hunter inside the Forest of A Thousand Demons By Pa Fagunwa).
So impressive and amusing were the stories written by the kids, especially those from the junior secondary schools.

Some students even went further to quote the coordinates of their home-town (wonder where he got that from), while another said her home town is “Isan-Ekiti in Osun State”, and some others out rightly admitted that they haven’t been to their home-towns before.

The basic criteria we employed in selecting our winners were content + grammar, and the winners impressively expressed both.


Come next year January, we shall conduct more writing tests for other schools in other States.



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This article was written by Folarin Kolawole

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18 comments:' Segun LawoyinDecember 14, 2011 at 6:11 pmReply

Thank you for lighting the way of HOPE ABIDING for Nigeria’s youth.

NaijatreksDecember 15, 2011 at 10:25 amReply

@ Segun…thanks alot' johnson ademolaDecember 14, 2011 at 8:25 pmReply

It was really worth it, I enjoyed every bit of the event…some very funny write -ups by the JSS 1 students got me laughing all through,hope to be part of the next edition..Naijatreks go for the ungone.

NaijatreksDecember 15, 2011 at 10:31 amReply

@ Johnson…thanks for attending the evént…we will also be publishing the various articles written by the kids. 😀' TosinDecember 14, 2011 at 8:25 pmReply

SO cute. Well done, NaijaTreks, and happy holidays!

NaijatreksDecember 15, 2011 at 10:30 amReply

@Tosin…thanks a lot…happy holidays to you too. :)' aguDecember 14, 2011 at 8:50 pmReply

Guy, u too much. Mor grease to ur elbow..cheers!

NaijatreksDecember 15, 2011 at 9:42 pmReply

@ Agu…thanks :)' Ronke OmidijiDecember 15, 2011 at 8:49 amReply

Great work NaijaTreks. I m proud of you and your team. Keep the flag flying. :)

NaijatreksDecember 15, 2011 at 9:43 pmReply

@ Lovely me…thanks a lot dear' Muse OriginsDecember 15, 2011 at 8:53 pmReply

This project is a really good idea.

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NaijatreksDecember 15, 2011 at 9:44 pmReply

@ Adiya…thanks a lot…we will surely keep it up' Tosin GbogiDecember 16, 2011 at 3:21 pmReply

You are doing a good work, Fola.

NaijatreksDecember 16, 2011 at 3:29 pmReply

Thanks a lot Tosin :)' ToluAkinyemiDecember 18, 2011 at 4:52 amReply

Folarin, I really really appreciate what you are doing brother… Kudos to you man, God bless.

NaijatreksDecember 18, 2011 at 6:51 amReply

@ Tolu Akinyemi…thanks a lot for your support :)

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