The essay competition was designed for SS3 students who were asked to write about the university they would like to attend giving reasons for their choice and the course they wanted to study. A total of 101 students from three secondary schools – St Thomas The Apostle’s Secondary School Uga (40 students), Ikyobo Comprehensive College (51 students), and St Pauls Anglican College Tse-Nyagba (10 Students) participated in the competition.
In his welcome address to the students, the President and Founder of the Foundation, Dr Kohol Shadrach Iornem, who was represented by Foundation’s Director of Programmes, Ms Sophia Kwaghzan, explained that “the essay competition is intended to encourage good writing skills because with the advent of social media and Information and Communications Technology (ICT), most students have formed the habit of using abbreviations to communicate which can impede intellectual interactions.” Dr Iornem also stated that the essay competition was designed to help these students to begin to think more strategically about their career and future academic pursuit.
Dr Iornem explained that his ambition to support educational projects was borne out of the desire to make knowledge more accessible to people – especially the youth, who are the pillars of our nation. According to the UK based academic, “when people acquire knowledge, they acquire power to understand their rights and liberate themselves from their oppressors”.
Menroi Foundation awarded cash prizes for the top 3 winners and other consolation prizes for the other participants. The top 3 winners of the Essay competition were Gom Basil Tersur from Ikyobo Comprehensive College who won the first prize of N10,000; Gloria Wuese Akaha from St Thomas The Apostles Secondary School Uga who came second, winning the sum of N7,000 and Doofan Jennifer Liamdoo from Ikyobo Comprehensive College who came third to claim the N5,000 cash prize.