We are pleased to announce the results of the 2015 edition of the Mgbanghe Essay Writing Competition which ran from October to November 2015. We received a total of 14 entries for the maiden edition of the competition. Out of the 14 essays, four were disqualified for failing to comply with our participation guidelines.
In fact, a particular case worth mentioning is that of the student that submitted what was adjudged the best essay for the secondary school category. The student was disqualified because she failed to disclose her local government of origin and did not even submit any identification, as required by the entry guidelines, to prove she was a student of her current school! All members of the assessment committee were unanimous in their rating of her rather well-written essay as the best in her category. But rules are rules and they do not only ensure fairness, but they also protect the integrity of the competition and its organizers.
We also had a joint third place winner in the secondary category, but one of the winners also failed to respect the competition guidelines. However, we have decided to invite these two students to the awards ceremony to offer them our thanks and present them with consolation prizes and honourable mentions for submitting such high quality essays.
We believe that the fact that only 14 entries were received from the Demsa, Lamurde and Numan local government areas combined either shows our lack of interest in constructive critical engagements on issues that affect our various communities or it merely suggests a certain amount of cynicism towards the competition and its organisers. Whatever the reason is, we wish to sincerely thank those that trusted us and submitted entries for our competition. We hope that their pioneering wins would inspire others as we prepare for the next edition of the competition.
Find below the winners:
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Jeremiah Alipius Shagnah
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