Investigation by Education Review shows that this year’s Mike Okonkwo National Essay for Secondary School Students, the 13th in the series, may prove to be one of the toughest in the annals of the competition.
This is because Lagos-based schools which had been in the lead until they were relegated to the background in last year’s competition by schools from Port Harcourt, are poised to regain their position in this year’s competition even as rival schools from outside Lagos are gearing up to give their Lagos-based counterparts a good fight.
Already many schools have started applying for the essay competition that opened for entries on March 28 for schools across Nigeria and will close on May 27, 2016. The topic for this year’s competition which comes as part of the activities lined up to mark the 71st Birthday of Dr. Mike Okonkwo, the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) is “The State of the Nigerian Nation: Redefining Our Values”.
Aimed at contributing to the educational sector in the country by encouraging students to excel in their world by developing their ability to think through issues and make a change in their world even at their tender age, the competition, has, over the years, been very successful in helping the youths to develop analytical and problem-solving skills.