The U.S. Mission Nigeria rewarded the three finalists in the Embassy’s “Strength in Diversity” video contest at a ceremony hosted by Deputy Chief of Mission David J. Young on Tuesday November 28.
The finalists were Ms. Amanda Onoabhagbe who won the third place prize for her musical video and received a CANON EOS Rebel T5 camera; Ms. Iyanu Adebiyi, who won second place for her spoken word video and received a CANON EOS Rebel T6I camera; and the grand prize went to Mr. Godspower Akwuruaha, who won a CANON EOS 80 D camera and creator kit for his innovative spoken word presentation.
Mr. Young said the U.S. Embassy was proud to have organized a contest that drew such an enthusiastic response from Nigerians. Speaking before an audience of member of the Embassy’s Information Resource Center and exchange program alumni, he complimented all of the contest participants for their creativity and their appreciation for the value of diversity. He found the work of the contestants to be inspirational and said he was pleased that the award ceremony provided him the chance to meet and speak with these talented young people,
The Deputy Chief of Mission remarked that the contest gave young Nigerians an opportunity to demonstrate that they understood that Nigeria is stronger if its various groups work together. He said these remarkable young people should serve as an inspiration to others, both young and old.
The “Strength in Diversity” video contest offered Nigerians the chance to creatively express their national pride in the country’s immense diversity and their desire for national unity. The contest began on September 6 and closed on October 6. At the end of the submission period, a total of 148 entries were submitted and reviewed by a committee of judges who then selected the top 20 videos. The next phase used social media voting to select the top 10 which were then judged by a panel, who selected the final 3 winners.
On November 9, 2017 via a Facebook Live, Ambassador W. Stuart Symington announced the three winners. He emphasized that despite the constant focus on issues that seem to divide Nigerians, there is a need to pay greater attention to the desire by most Nigerians for peace and unity.