King’s College tops in 2021 Bible Quiz Competition
The King’s College, Obalende, Lagos has emerged the winner of the third edition of the “You Can Be Their Eyes” Bible Quiz competition organised by the Bible Society of Nigeria for the visually impaired.
The six schools that participated are the Vocational School for the Blind, Oshodi; Nigerian Farmcraft Centre for the Blind, Idimu, Lagos; Bethesda Home for the Blind, Idi-Oro, Mushin, Lagos; Lagos State Senior Model College, Agbowa-Ikosi, Lagos and Lagos State Junior Model College, Agbowa-Ikosi, Lagos.
In the keenly competition that took place at the Apostolic Church Nigeria, Palmgrove, Lagos, Bangbelu Oluwatobilola and Salami Ibrahim of King’s College put their school in the lead, while Adekoya Mistura and Babatope Excel of Lagos State Senior Model College, Agbowa- Ikosi, Lagos were the runners up as Ngozi Bright Ochieze and Aiyegbe Kashimawo of Bethesda Home for the Blind, Idi-Oro, Mushin clinched the third position.
At the event, the Chief Host and General Secretary, Bible Society of Nigeria, Pastor Samuel Sanusi, remarked that the competition could not hold last year because of COVID-19 restrictions. He said he was highly impressed by the performance of the students and therefore charged government to encourage the visually impaired who by their performance at the competition had shown that there is ability in disability.
“I know that there are lots of things the government is doing, a lot of battle it is fighting to make things work, but I make bold to say that if the government can spend the money it is spending to quell terrorism on these children to give them education, the nation would be better for it and the best way to do that is to catch them young by engaging them in the study of the scriptures.
“Some of them are prospective lawyers and their ambition should not be thwarted because of their disability as we are sure this step will lead to new generation of God fearing citizens, hence we call on the government to rise up to the challenge while Nigerians are enjoined to keep on supporting this project with their donations,” he said.
Sanusi, who also called on churches to help the blind, said the cost of producing braille is very high and are therefore expected to donate generously to the BSN towards the course of producing more braille Bibles and when the students eventually become lawyers and pastors, they would appreciate both the BSN and the various donors.
He thanked the various schools for releasing their students as he also appreciated the parents for believing in the future of their children by sending them to school.
The Chairman of the occasion, Ex-Officio, National Association for the Blind, Mr. David Okon, impressed by the performance of the students asked that normal students should be involved in the subsequent competitions to test skills.
He appreciated the BSN for production of braille Bibles as he also solicited for support for the visually impaired.
Both Bangbelu Oluwatobiloba and Salami Ibrahim appreciated the BSN for organising the competition.