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Teecoks writing contest gets winners

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First prize winner for Poetry, Omotayo Tomiwa of Maryland Comprehensive School; founder of Towunmi Coker Literary Initiative, organiser of Teecoks Writing Competition, Dr. Towunmu Coker; first prize winner for Fiction, Osumah Katherine of Maryland Comprehensive School; second prize winner for Poetry, Atada Akpezi Blessing of Diary Farm Secondary School, and Adaeze Umeh of Diamond Bank Plc… in Lagos


It was a joyful day at the Agege Township Stadium as Towunmi Coker Literary Initiative awarded winners of the 2017 Teecoks Writing Competition with prizes. It is a writing competition organised by the NGO for secondary school students in Lagos State. It had many students, teachers and other invited guests in attendance. The competition had as theme ‘Flipping the Scripts: An Unemployment Story,’ with entries submitted either in poetry or fictional form.

The event, which made its debut in 2013, has according to the founder, Dr. Towunmi Coker, created an avenue for creative writers among secondary schools students to showcase their prowess and get necessary recognition.

According to her, “I am very glad that my initiative is helping to nurture the raw talent of students. My aim of establishing this initiative was to see that the students cultivate the habit of reading and writing good books. I am glad that our efforts have not been in vain as the students are now eager to participate fully in the competition and the schools’ authorities are also doing us a favour by registering their students en masse for the competition. And I can say that it has gone a long way to improving the reading and writing culture among the students.”

For the Poetry category, Omotayo Tomiwa of Maryland Comprehensive School, Ikeja, Lagos, went home with the first position and beat Atanda Akpezi Blessing of Diary Farm Secondary School, while Ezeokeh Chelsea of Holy Child College emerged the third winner.

In the Fiction category, Osumah Katherine of Maryland Comprehensive School emerged winner, while Oluwapemi Adesanya of Oke-Oso Senior High School and Obidi Eunice Onyeaka of ISL settled for the second and third prizes respectively.

There was, however, consolation prizes for the fourth to 10th place winners. The winners were given certificates of recognition and some prize items, while the top three winners for each category were given some money. In addition, they will be sponsored in a writing workshop later this year.

While speaking at the event, the chairman, Prof. Tunde Babawale, advised the students to always seek knowledge through books because one could only become wise only by what he or she had experienced.

In his words of exhortation, Pastor Peter Alabi, stressed the importance of reading by giving a typical example of how Jesus Christ was able to overcome Satan’s temptations because he had adequate knowledge of the scriptures that had already been written.


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