UI Student Wins N1M, Laptop at National Essay Competition

Amidst the prolonged ASUU strike in Nigerian universities, a 200L student of Political Science, University of Ibadan, Ayotomiwa Elesho has emerged winner of 6th edition of the National Undergraduate Essay Competition of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

Elesho, who had seen the opportunity on the the microblogging app, Twitter, approached the contest with the determination to win.

“I was simply surfing through Twitter in late July when I came across the flier announcing the 6th Edition of the NCDMB Annual Essay Contest.

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“The topic, ‘Strategising For Transformation To Clean Energy In The Changing Global Energy Landscape: The NCDMB Intervention’, caught my attention because I believed that I knew some strategies for transformation to clean energy that I could share with the NCDMB.

“I delved into further research, articulated my points, wrote the essay, and submitted it. Thankfully, my essay was one of the ten best essays shortlisted among over 2000 entries for an interactive assessment (defense), which held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State”, he said.

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At the final stage held in Yenogoa where he was announced the winner. According to him, the organisers presented him an award plaque, a laptop, and a million naira dummy cheque, while he presented a summary of his essay.

Since the inception of the essay writing competition, thousands of 100 level and 200 level students across universities in Nigeria always participate in it. It has been a money-making competition that helps the students to discuss meticulously the role of the NCDMB in the local participation of the country’s fossil fuels.

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Being the winner, Elesho’s essay will be published among all writings in the annual magazine of the NCDMB named — “Local Content Digest.”

The NCDMB is a government establishment set to monitor content developments and enhance in-country participation of Nigerian hydrocarbons.


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