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16-year-old Nigerian girl beats 42 contestant to emerge winner of essay competition, wins ₦50k cash prize

An exceptional 16-year-old girl, Owuda Winifred has beaten 42 contestants to win the Book O’clock essay competition in Sokoto, Nigeria.

Owuda Winifred, a student of Holy Family School in Sokoto, Nigeria was awarded for her remarkable performance in the Book O’clock essay competition titled “If the President Could Read Me”.

The essay contest was organized by Book O’clock, a literary organization, and had 42 entries from 15 schools in Sokoto, Nigeria. The Book o’Clock organized the contest to mark its third anniversary.

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The Book O’ Clock organization said the idea of the essay contest was to provide a platform for students to express themselves on issues they would like the new President of Nigeria to focus on, especially issues affecting the Nigerian child.

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At the contest, entries were reviewed and judged by a panel formed by past winners of the Nigeria Prize for Teens Literature and performance was judged based on content, expression, organization, and mechanical accuracy.

Three winners emerged after the 42 entries were reduced to six during the contest. Winnifred emerged as the overall winner and was awarded the sum of 50,000 naira. Winifred expressed joy at winning the contest, describing the competition as an amazing experience that has prepared her for future competitions.

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”Being the winner of the Book O’clock Anniversary Prize was exciting and remarkable. The competition was an amazing experience. I want to thank everyone who made it a success,” she said.

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In another story, A 17-year-old boy named Hanif Mouehla who battled with sickle cell while he was still a child has beaten all odds as he graduates high school and get accepted into Harvard University.

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He was diagnosed with Sickle cell at the age of 8 which caused him a serious health crisis that almost took his life. Read More about Hanif HERE.

 

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