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Winners emerge in the 2023 Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange Essay competition

*Akoki Aaron Mojolaoluwa, Grand Prize Winner; Olugbenga Dominion Mojolaoluwa, (1st Runner-Up); Ezima Chinasa Margaret, (2nd Runner-Up)

THE programme directorate of the Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange (WSICE) has today formally unveiled the winners of its 2023 Essay Competition, dedicated to mentoring and helping to develop the mental capacity of the young ones.

In its 14th edition, the year’s edition of the competition focused on Nation Building, Good Governance, and National Development, and students from different schools were required to explore Wole Soyinka’s Humanism, Artistry, and Nationalism in their thought processes and writing.

The announcement of the Essay winners coincides with the 89th birthday anniversary (July 13) of the Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, the eminent literary artist, teacher, and rights activist,, whose exemplary life and career as a global culture icon and humanist, inspired the project.

Since its launch in 2010, the competition has served as a platform to mentor the youths to imbibe the culture of participating I socio-cultural and political discourses in their environment. It enables the young ones to engage in healthy dialogue about national and international issues, testing the creativity and intelligence of the participants, and building their self-esteem.

A record number of one hundred and eleven (111) entries were received from fifty (50) schools from which 89 finalists were selected through a rigorous process of adjudication by a panel of literary workers and social workers. 

After the exercise Akoki Aaron Mojolaoluwa, a Senior Secondary school (SS) 2 student of Adedokun International School, Ifo, Ogun State, emerged as the Grand Prize winner of the WSICE 2023 Essay Writing Competition.

The WSICE also wishes to congratulate the following students:

First Runner-up: Olugbenga Dominion Mojolaoluwa – Salawu Abiola Comprehensive School (SNR)

Second Runner-up: Ezima Chinasa Margaret, Anglican Girls Grammar School (SNR)

“We thank all schools and students for their participation and remain committed to our goal of fostering unity, bolstering integrity, and instilling qualities of good leadership as values, stated Dr Teju Kareem, the Executive Producer of the annual WSICE,” stated the WSICE programme directorate.

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