Federal Ministry of Information and Culture (FMIC) in conjunction with Aflon Digital Academy, Kuje, Abuja (AFLON) has announced for the benefit of senior secondary school students, their principals and proprietors, a national online essay competition with the theme: ‘Life and living in Nigeria.’ The programme is in part to commemorate the Children’s Day Event for 2016.
To participate, the Ministry has directed that qualified essayists who should be students of the current session in Senior Secondary Classes 1 and II should visit http://fmi.gov.ng/essay2016/ to register to get a unique registration number with which they would be identified to panel of assessors who are to select the best 50 (Fifty) essays for short list and invitation to write essays in live examination conditions at Abuja. Final 3 (three) essayists will be selected for the ultimate 2016 prices. The schools producing the best essayists will also be acknowledged.
In 2016, essays are requested to be written about “Life and Living Nigeria” of today: to also highlight the joys and pains of daily living and how these affect everyone, especially children growing up in contemporary Nigeria. “We seek practical illustrations of helplessness and discouragement all around; inclusive of stories that show how we are as a society at home, on the road, at work; even at places of worship. We also seek feedbacks on personal experiences or of those of others about courage to do good, kindness and survival in spite of all odds.”
The statement already posted on the home page of the Ministry’s website – www.fmi.gov.ng also demands that “Essays could be about the electricity situation; in terms of their practical effects on daily living? How are we coping and how these issues are affecting our lives regarding the shortfall of promise and the agony of our unrealized aspirations as a nation. It also could be about our politics and the ways, means and processes leading to being elected or selected to positions of power. It could be about how political power is being used or otherwise mis-used to liberate and do good or otherwise?”
“It could also be about corruption as seen from the eyes of the youth: practical tips on how corruption is to be recognized? How does corruption dictate our attitudes about who we are and how we relate with others? Above all, essays could be about the practical and innovative ideas on effectively combating the problem?
Finally, it could be an essay on how to overcome, how goodness could be made to triumph over the very worst of human behavior in Nigeria.”
To participate, eligible essayists are to first register and obtain a Unique Registration Number (URN) through the Ministry’s website – www.fmi.gov.ng