The ball is now in the court of Kogi East Senatorial District as Secondary Schools in Igala land lock horns in Anyigba next 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 Regional Finals for Kogi Central Senatorial District was concluded yesterday with Demonstration Standard College, Onyukoko emerging overall winners. The school will represent Kogi Central in the Grand Finale scheduled to hold in September.

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 a briefing with newsmen in Lokoja that the Sub-Regional Finals, which will produce champions in each of the nine local government areas in Kogi East Senatorial District, has been scheduled as follows:

Date: Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
Venue: Bedrock International School, Anyigba
Time: 9 am prompt

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

Regional Finals in Kogi West Senatorial Districts will follow a week after the Anyigba spectacle.

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

1. Ankpa LGA
a. Aleka Academy, Ankpa
b. Haskwoji Royal College, Ankpa
c. Atodo International Academy, Ankpa
d. Global College, Ankpa
e. St. Charles College, Ankpa

2. Bassa LGA
a. Bassa Model School, Bassa
b. Bassa Grammar School, Bassa

3. Dekina LGA
a. Bedrock International School, Anyigba
b. Nigeria Navy Secondary School, Okura
c. Biraidu Community Secondary School, Abocho
d. Our Lady’s College, Anyigba

4. Ibaji LGA
a. Fr. Aromeh Secondary School, Uchuchu

5. Idah LGA
a. St. Kizito Seminary, Idah
b. Polytechnic Secondary School, Idah

6. Igamela-Odolu LGA
a. Community Secondary School, Ogbogbo

7. Ofu LGA
a. Federal Government College, Ugwolawo

8. Olamaboro LGA
a. Government Secondary School, Okpo

9. Omala LGA
Iyaji Commercial College, Abejukolo

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.

The current SSS3 students who are busy with their WASSCE/NECO exams are not eligible to participate. Such students should focus strictly on their final exams.

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 PENKUP Foundation, Grace FM 95.5, Confluence TV, Angies’ Place, Eegoja Gas, DHL, 7-Up, Glo, Bansquare Books, Thoughtful Thoughts Foundation, Golden Penny Foods, Thermocool, Scanfrost, Treasures Bakery, Misi T Restaurant, 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

Medical Doctor, Publisher, Editor, Novelist, Playwright, Visionary Poet, Activist, Blogger
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