Secondary Schools in Kogi Central Senatorial District will lock horns in Okene this week in a bid to secure N250, 000 worth of scholarships and the bragging rights for at least a year.

The 2017 ANA/ROTARY LITERARY CONTEST FOR SCHOOLS & COLLEGES which kicked off in May with the Essay Writing category has entered the knockout rounds.


The history-making multi-staged literary competition is geared towards encouraging healthy academic rivalry among youngsters. It is open to all public and private Secondary Schools spread across all 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kogi State.

In the First Stage of the competition, students were made to write an Expository Essay on the topic: ‘The Power of your Vote: A catalyst for a stable and united Nigeria’.

The Kogi State Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) who doubles as the President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Lokoja Metro, Dr. Kennedy Obohwemu had revealed exclusively to Footprints that no less than 1,000 essay entries were received from students spread across the length and breadth of the State.

Kennedy disclosed in yesterday’s press conference in Lokoja that the Sub-Regional Finals, which will produce champions in each of the five local government areas in Kogi Central Senatorial District, has been scheduled as follows:

Date: Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
Venue: Abdulaziz Attah Memorial College (AAMCO), Okene
Time: 10 am prompt

The five champions that emerge from the Sub-Regional Finals will qualify for the Regional Finals which will produce the best in Kogi Central Senatorial District. The winning school will represent Kogi Central in the Grand Finale where they will compete with winners from Kogi East and Kogi West.

Regional Finals for Kogi East and Kogi West Senatorial Districts will follow a week after the Okene spectacle.

For Kogi Central, the schools set to battle it out for a place in the Grand Finale are listed below:

1. Adavi LGA
a. Government Science Secondary School, Ozuri-Oniyeka
b. Success College, Ozuri
c. Ebira Community Secondary School, Okene

2. Ajaokuta LGA
a. ASCL Staff Comprehensive Secondary School I, Ajaokuta
b. ASCL Staff Comprehensive Secondary School II, Ajaokuta
c. ASCL Staff Comprehensive Secondary School III, Ajaokuta
d. Children of the Kingdom Comprehensive Secondary School, Ajaokuta
e. Government Science Secondary School, Adogo

3. Ogori/Magongo LGA
a. Community Secondary School, Ogori
b. Community Secondary School, Magongo

4. Okehi LGA
a. Ruth Elton Secondary School, Obangede
b. Government Girls Unity Secondary School, Oboroke
c. Community Secondary School, Obangede
d. Unity Model School, Okene

5. Okene LGA
a. Government Girls Science Secondary School, Otutu, Okene
b. Abdul Aziz Attah Memorial College, Okene
c. Demonstration Standard College, Onyukoko, Okene
d. Local Government Secondary School, Ohiana, Okene.
e. Government Girls Secondary School, Ogaminana, Okene
f. Queen of Apostles College, Okene
g. College of Arabic & Islamic School, Okene

For the Sub-Regional and Regional Finals, participants shall go through the following stages:

*Quiz Competition
*Spelling Bee

For the Quiz, participants shall be served with standard WASSCE/WAEC Question Papers on English Language (Comprehension, Lexis & Structure, Test of Orals). They shall be further tested on Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and General Knowledge.

The Spelling Bee shall assess the candidate’s ability to spell words in the English Language correctly. Students shall pick numbers from a pool of questions, and shall be required to provide the correct spellings (as response to the questions) within a stipulated period of time. The current edition of the Oxford Advanced Learners English Dictionary is recommended for use. Participants should pay attention to stress patterns and syllables in the English Language. Correct application of Syntax and Morphology shall be looked out for. Words could be long or short, but attention must be drawn to details.

Each school should produce five students for the event: 2 SENIOR students (1 in Science class, 1 in Art/Commercial class) for quiz, 1 JUNIOR student for Spelling Bee and two SENIOR students for Debate. Even though the debate will only take place in the Grand Finale, shools are to come along with their two student representatives to enable easy data entry.

A number of mouth-watering prizes are available for winners of the historic competition, including scholarships worth N250, 000, fully equipped library, laptops, educational materials, branded souvenirs from sponsors like Grace FM 95.5, 7-Up, DHL, Glo, Thermocool, Scanfrost, Treasures Bakery, etc. Teachers of winning schools also go home with as much as N100, 000!

Note: Prizes will ONLY be given out in the Grand Finale which will take place in September!

It promises to be a spectacular never-before-seen event!


… for the love of education!


About Dr. Ken

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Nice one……we need more of this.
    may the best school win the competition

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