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“It is quite interesting and makes me always feel special when I see people from different countries of the world come down to this my small, but amazing town to climb the hills and explore the ancient wonders of Old Oke-Idanre…”
We held the first edition of the Naijatreks Young Writers’ Contest 2013 at Methodist High School, Idanre, Ondo State, south-western Nigeria on Wednesday, 8th July, 2013. The school is located at the foot of the gigantic Ojimoba Inselberg which hid it within its beautiful shadows almost throughout the entire day, binding the entire surrounding with an irresistible cool ambiance.
Gathering the Students
The competition had been slated to hold during the break-time and announcements had been made to the students earlier in the day. But as soon as the break-time bell rang, the students stormed the fields to play, and gathering the students together for the writing exercise became a great challenge. The principal of the school managed to gather thirty-one (31) students to participate in the contest. They cut across JSS2 (junior secondary) to SS2 (senior secondary).
The topic of the writing contest was ‘The Beauty of Idanre Town’. We asked the students to tell us what they love about Idanre. The writing exercise took thirty (30) minutes. It was quite awesome to see the composure exhibited by the students. Everyone remained quite and glued to their papers all through. When it was about 10minutes to the end of the exercise, some of the students decided they had written rubbish and requested for extra sheets. They wanted to start all over again. We couldn’t hold back the laughter! Everyone finally submitted their stories at the “stop” of the supervising teacher.
After going through the students’ answer scripts, we picked the first and second winners from the senior secondary category (SS1 and SS2), and the third winner from the junior secondary category (JSS2 and JSS3).
Alatise Omolayo (SS1) took first position in the senior secondary School category, while Atitebi Esther (SS2) took second position in the senior category and Olorundipe Francisca (JSS3) took the winning position in the junior school category. The winners were awarded Naijatreks branded school bag, adventure novels and stationeries.
The winning story by Alatise Omolayo was quite impressive and was well laid down with good grammatical structure and rich content. A lot of the students also had rich and interesting contents in their articles, but their weakness was grammar. As usual, our basic criteria for selecting our winners remains content and grammar, and the winners impressively expressed both.
Before the end of the year 2013, we hope to hold more editions of the contest at secondary schools in communities located near notable tourist attractions in the country.
We hereby use this medium to solicit for sponsorship from the public for the continuous hosting of this contest. This would enable us increase our reach as well as improve the quality of the rewards (prizes) we give to the winners. Gifts of all forms are welcome as long as they will help increase the reading, writing as well as the creative skills of the students. If interested, kindly send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can agree on pickup points. Your contribution is never too small, it is going to touch a life. We just can never know yet what these young people are going to become in the future. We might just be inspiring a generation of future leaders.
– When it was about 10minutes to the end of the exercise, some of the students decided they had written rubbish and requested for extra sheets. They wanted to start all over again. We couldn’t hold back the laughter!
This article was written by Folarin Kolawole
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