All roads lead to Kabba this week as schools in Kogi West Senatorial District lock horns 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 on June 28, 2017 with Demonstration Standard College, Onyukoko emerging winners. For Kogi East, St. Kizito’s Minor Seminary, Idah emerged winners after a fierce literary encounter on July 5, 2017. These two power houses will meet the winner from Kogi West Senatorial District in the Grand Finale billed for September this year.

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 new President 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 seven local government areas in Kogi West Senatorial District, has been scheduled as follows:

Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Venue: St. Monica’s College, Kabba 

Time: 9 am prompt

The seven champions that emerge from the Sub-Regional Finals will qualify for the Regional Finals which will produce the best in Kogi West Senatorial District.

Schools set to battle it out for a place in the Grand Finale are listed below:

1. Ijumu LGA
a. Ijumu Anglican Science Secondary School, Iyara Ijumu. 

2. Kabba LGA
a. St. Monica’s College, Kabba
b. St. Barnabas College, Kabba
c. Federal Government Girls College, Kabba
d. St. Augustine’s College, Kabba
e. Bishop McCalla Comprehensive High School, Kabba

3. Koton-Karfe LGA
a. Amazing Grace Secondary School, Koton-Karfe
b. Community Girls Secondary School, Koton-Karfe

4. Lokoja LGA
a. Faith Academy, Zango-Daji

5. Mopamuro LGA
a. ECWA Secondary School, Mopa
b. Baptist Secondary School, Mopa
c. Cruise Memorial College, Mopa

6. Yagba East LGA
a. African Church Secondary School, Isanlu
b. St. Kizito’s College, Isanlu

7. Yagba West LGA
a. ECWA George Campion Academy, Egbe
b. Heritage College, Egbe
c. Titicombe College, Egbe

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, 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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