Five finalists have emerged in the maiden edition of BusinessDay Aspiring Writers Essay Competition sponsored by Microsoft, Yookos, RLG, and Poise (a graduate fishing school) targeted at discovering talent among undergraduates in Nigerian universities.
The finalists who emerged from a list of 1,000 students that submitted entries include Abraham Olawunmi Marcel and David Adeleke, both of Covenant University; Emmanuel Essien (University of Calabar); Caleb Adoh (University of Lagos); and Adeyemi Moyinoluwa (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife).
The award ceremony of the epoch-making event will take place on August 14, 2013 at Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Over 1,000 students from about 240 higher institutions (universities, polytechnics and colleges of education) participated in the essay competition.
The essay competition with the title “Information Technology and My Higher Education Experience” lasted for three months, spanning May to July this year.
A committee led by the erudite scholar, Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, a professor in the Department of English Language, University of Lagos, conducted the essay competition. Other members of the committee are Toni Kan, poet and writer; Abimbola Agboluaje (PhD), a strategist; Toyosi Akerele; John Osadolor, deputy editor, BusinessDay; and Funke Osae-Brown, editor, Business Life (BusinessDay).
Ruqayyatu Rufai, minister of education, will be the special guest of honour at the event which will also have several vice chancellors of universities, rectors of polytechnics, and provosts of colleges of education in attendance.
The essay competition winner will go home with N250,000 plus a Window A device, a six-month internship at BusinessDay and training at Poise Graduate Finishing School, Lagos.
The first runner-up will go home with N150,000 plus a Window A device, three months internship at BusinessDay and training at Poise Graduate Finishing School, Lagos; while the second runner-up will get N100,000 plus a Window A device and internship with BusinessDay.
The fourth and fifth positions will go home with consolation prizes of N25,000 each.