By Kelechukwu Iruoma
Master Peter Adobamen, 9 of Corona School, Ikoyi – Lagos has emerged the first place in the Junior Category of Rising Star Writing Competition, just as Master Kolom Oden-Ikpi of Yaba College of Technology Secondary School, Lagos also emerged first place in the senior category.
The CEO, The Writers Corner and Coordinator, Mrs. Uche Udoji, who released the results of the second edition of the competition said the competition was keenly contested by pupils and students from various primary and secondary schools pan Nigeria respectively.
She said: “Just like in the first edition, the second edition was keenly contested as there were many wonderful and incisive entries from children in different schools across the country. However, just a few entries can be openly rewarded with prizes. ”Some of the key criteria used included the writer’s ability to humanize nature, the extent to which the work relates and affects the human person; the beauty, flow and rhythm of language; poetic license and tone for poetry entrants; structure and organization of work; format and style and spelling and appropriate use of punctuation marks. It is important to note that in Rising Star Writing Competition, every participant is a winner.”
Mrs. Udoji also thanked the sponsors of the competition, Greenlife Pharmaceuticals, The Bank of Industry and Tripplesea Group for helping make the second edition a reality. She also called on other corporate organizations in Nigeria to support the competition. “We sincerely hope for more participation and support in the coming editions of the competition. We look forward to more robust involvement by schools and corporate institutions in the coming edition as well as greater participation of pupils and students from public and private schools across Nigeria”, she added.
Meanwhile, in the Junior Category, nine year old Miss Valerie Akpobome of St. Saviours School, Ikoyi – Lagos took the Second Place with her poem. The Third Place position went to Miss Ogunsipe Oluwadamilola Emmanuella, an eight-year old year three pupil of Livingsprings Schools, Awoyaya, Lagos.
Also, in the senior category, the second place winner in the Senior Category is a 14-year old, SS 1 student of Louisville College, Ijebu-Itele, Ogun State, Miss Nkpolara Adrina with a short story. 15-year old, SS 2 student of Starville School, Abuja, Master Pelemo Nyajo, took the third Place prize with his short story.
Six pupils won Honourable Mention prizes in the Junior Category. They are: Demilade Toluhi- Temple Preparatory School, Ilupeju Lagos; Tofunmi Bankole- The Fountain School, Surulere, Lagos; Racheal Unachukwu- Corona School Ikoyi, Lagos; Olafiore Olamuyiwa -Greenspring School Anthony Lagos; Okpalaoka Somtochukwu Chizuru – Corona School Gbagada, Lagos and Chidinma Cristabel Dominic of Demmykitties School, Surulere.
In the Senior Category, four students also won the Honourable Mention prizes: Chidera Okoye-Anaeze, Louisville Girls High School, Ijebu Itele, Ogun; Aremu Oladimeji, Princenton College, Surulere, Lagos; Aboloko – Erica Oghenejite , Breakthrough Academy, Ojodu- Akute, Ogun and Itafame Rosaline Gift Esseoghene of School Masters Academy, Ajah, Lagos.
The Rising Star Writing Competition and Awards is an annual children creative writing competition and awards organized by The Writers Corner Lagos in collaboration with Vuvuzela Communication Limited to help to develop children’s creative writing skills.