Winners have emerged in an essay competition aimed at curbing insecurity and conflict through effective communication.
The competition tagged ‘War of words’ was organised by the Give Back Group and the March 8 Friends of Osinbajo Group in commemoration of the 64th birthday of Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
A co-founder of the Give Back Group, Ganiyu Adeniyi, explained that the competition was organised to develop the writing skills of participants.
He expressed satisfaction with the quality of entries that were submitted, saying, “More than 500 entries were submitted. The contest is a huge success at giving insight into the minds of young Nigerians and their novel ideas in proferring solutions to social issues.
“Forty high-end mobile devices (tablets) are won by outstanding entries selected after a rigorous review. Winners will also undergo a free two-month training in digital literacy and productivity.”
On his part, the Founder of GBG, Lanre Yusuf, said ‘Communicating for community building and conflict resolution’ was chosen as the theme to enable young Nigerians to contribute to the development of the nation.
“This is a contest for indigent young people from low-income communities in Lagos State hinged on celebrating outstanding communication skills using the digital medium.
“It is also an offshoot of the Literacy For Life Initiative of the Give Back Group which is aimed at raising a generation of literate citizens who use language as a tool for better living and nation-building,” he added.
A representative of Friends of Osinbajo, Dr Shola Oshindero, commended the organisers for complementing the efforts of the VP in fighting illiteracy in the country.
Coordinator Act Now in Lagos State, Abel Enikanologbon, said the quality of entries shows that the future of Nigeria is bright, adding that the VP has proven to be an outstanding leader.