July 10, 2024

Wole Soyinka 2024 Essay Competition: 90 finalists emerge

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Professor Wole Soyinka

By Prisca Sam-Duru

A total of 90 finalists of the Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange, WSICE, 2024 Essay Competition for Senior Secondary School Student, representing a diverse array of talented students from schools across Nigeria, have emerged.

The students are writing on ‘The Many Lives of an Irrepressible Patriot, Humanist & Rights Activist’.

According to the organisers, these finalists have demonstrated exceptional writing prowess, creativity, and insightful perspectives on this year’s theme. Their essays stood out among numerous submissions, reflecting their dedication to scholarly inquiry and intellectual engagement.

The selection process was rigorous, guided by a panel of esteemed judges who are renowned in their fields. These judges evaluated each submission based on originality, coherence, depth of analysis, and relevance to the theme.

While all finalists have already distinguished themselves through their essays, examination of the submitted essays continues to determine the top three entries, ensuring the most outstanding contributions are recognized.

Each finalist’s essay not only showcases their individual talent but also contributes meaningfully to the broader discourse on the theme. Their perspectives offer fresh insights and thought-provoking arguments that are sure to resonate with readers and inspire further dialogue.

Announcing the finalists, the organisers stated: “As we prepare to progress with their essays, we invite you to join us in celebrating the achievements of these young scholars.

“Their commitment to academic excellence and their ability to articulate complex ideas with clarity and insight are commendable. Through their essays, they embody the spirit of WSICE’s mission to foster intellectual growth and promote cultural exchange.

“We extend our congratulations to each finalist, their schools, and mentors for their invaluable support. We look forward to sharing their outstanding essays with a wider audience and continuing to nurture the next generation of thought leaders and change makers in Nigeria and beyond”.