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Steaming from the avalanche of desire to produce a futuristic competence in the writing society and produce a frontier development in reading, the Society of Young Nigerian Writers, Osun State Chapter in conjunction with the National Library of Nigeria, Osun State branch has organised an essay competition tagged, Young Writers Essay Competition.
Speaking, the Osun State coordinator of the Society, Ayodeji Adeyemi, assured that the competition, first of its kind, is geared towards producing and encouraging young and enterprising young Nigerian writers to contribute a significant quota to the development of the country. The competition will see senior secondary school students (SSS1 – SSS3) essay on a holistic topic, “Nigeria: The Future I Dream”. The essay which must be submitted on or before the 17th of February, 2015 must be 750 words and handwritten. Submission point remains the premises of the National Library of Nigeria, Osun State Branch situated on Omo West Area, New Ikirun Road, Osogbo.
The best three essays will be awarded with special prizes and published in major Nigerian Newspapers. Participating schools will also be awarded.
In his further speech, Ayodeji Adeyemi said, “The response has been really encouraging. Lots of schools and teachers approached lamented the poor result of students in essay and bemoaned the headache when marking scripts. This, they noted, will surely improve the writing prowess of their students while making them active participant in the development process of the country”.
On why participation is free, he said “This is done in order to provide for a larger participation and allow the Adichies, Soyinkas, Achebes of tomorrow have a shot at dominance. Putting a fee on participation will discourage loads of them. We are on a mission to salvage the writing profession, not to truncate hopes and talents.
The final award presentation is scheduled for February 7th, 2015 on the premises of the National Library of Nigeria, Osun State Branch. Awards will be presented during the Chimamanda Adichie Reading Session. Other attractions for the session include poetry performances, book launching and reading, book fair, book discussion, Adire display, drama presentation and lots more.
Wole Adedoyin, the National Coordinator of the Society encouraged senior secondary school students to utilize this golden opportunity and make sure they participate in the competition. This he believes will provide a launch pad for some who enjoys writing and herald their coming into the sphere of Nigerian writers; a sphere he will readily welcome them.