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CMS Grammar School wins Black History Month essay competition


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Two senior students of CMS Grammar School, Lagos, have emerged first and second in an essay competition organised by the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and the University of West Indies’ Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS) in celebration of Black History Month 2021.

The duo of Taiwo George-Taylor and Prosper Nnabuchi beat students from other schools in Nigeria to win the first and second prizes.


A student from Igbobi College, Lagos, came third in the competition.

Black History Month is a yearly celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognising their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African-Americans.

Since 1976, every U.S. President has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom (UK), also devote a month to celebrating Black History.


More recently, some European and African countries have also joined in celebrating the month by organising different activities to promote and celebrate black excellence.

The IADS and UNILAG, in collaboration with the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC) hosts the Black History Month yearly.

In addition to the essay writing competition, the event also featured talks, African Village, exhibitions and cultural displays.

The Black History Month runs from February 1 to March 1, 2021.


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