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Winners emerge in Lagos schools’ essay competition

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Enilolobo Elijah of Vetland Junior Grammar School, Ifako-Ijaiye emerged overall winners of the 2018 Essay Competition amongst students of Junior and Senior Secondary Schools in Lagos State.

The competition, which drew 96 participants from the six education districts in the state public schools, produced winners in the two categories.

Kofoworola Ransome Kuti of Gbaja Girls Junior High School, Surulere and Ayomikun Bamise of Ojota Junior Secondary School emerged the 1st and 2nd runners up in the Junior Category while the Senior Category runners up were Davies Adebisi of Oke-Odo Senior High School and Mercy Mohammed of Oshodi Comprehensive High School, Oshodi.

The topic of the essay was “Lagos: A State of Excellence Indeed”.

In her keynote address, the deputy governor, Dr Oluranti Adebule commended the participants for their brilliance and articulate delivery.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Adebunmi Adekanye, the deputy governor expressed excitement that the competition aimed at sharpening the writing skills of the students and by implication improving their scores in English Language in local and external examinations was achieving the desired goals.

Adebule observed that the writers of the essay scripts with the topic, “Lagos: A state of excellence indeed”, displayed the gift of deep thought and articulate writing skills to convey ideas, communicate philosophy, recall occurrences and peep into the future which are required in literary works.

She also opined that the competing scripts of this year showed improvement in the four key areas determining the richness of an essay and the grading, which is what the government was promoting by the annual essay competition.


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