L-R. Dr. John Uwa, Ike Destiny (winner) Chibuzor Alexandra (second) and Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo
Ike Destiny from VIK International School, Akere Alagbado in Ogun State and Alexander Chibuzor of Archbishop Heerey Technical College, Ogidi in Anambra State have emerged 1st and second in the 2023 Mike Okonkwo National essay competition.
The duo emerged winners from the 795 entries received for the 18th Bishop Mike Essay Competition for Secondary School students in Nigeria with the theme: “Nigerianization of Nigerians: A Look Inward”.
According to the Chief examiner, Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo, “Destiny and Alexander addressed the topic within the mental orbit of their age and demonstrated commendable passion and independent thinking in their writing.
“We congratulate and present them as exemplars of young people determined to forge their own path through the critical use of easy ways”.
In addition, the chief examiner further disclosed “We are constrained to present an overall winner and just one runner-up this year, against the normal practice of presenting one winner and two runners-up.”
The examiner disclosed that a number of the entries were unsuitable for consideration, saying, “They were either lifted directly from online sources and presented as original materials or were revised and presented as such.”
“We are used to this practice among young people, and so spent considerable time tracking the essays on the internet in line with our quality control procedures.”
For their efforts, Miss Ike Destiny will be smiling home with a cheque of N500,000, a trophy, and a plaque, while the school gets a set of computers.
For the second place Master Chibuzor Alexander would go home with a cheque of N250,000, a plaque while his school will receive a set of computers.
The prices for the winners of the 18th Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition for Secondary Schools in the country will be presented at this year’s Mike Okonkwo Annual Lecture, at the Zenith Shell Hall Muson Center, Onikan, Lagos, on Thursday, September 7, 2023.
Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition was initiated in the year 2004, as part of activities to celebrate the Birthday of the Presiding Bishop of TREM, Dr. Mike Okonkwo and more importantly to contribute to the development of the Educational Sector.
Dr. Mike Okonkwo has continued in this gesture for 18 years, using his God-given talent, strength, and resources to be a blessing to the younger generation in the pursuit of academic excellence by encouraging them to cultivate the habit of reading and writing effectively.