In an attempt to address the rot in the country’s educational sector, the Kogi State Chapter of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has flagged off the 2017 edition of the prestigious ANA/Yusuf Ali Literary Competition, with this year’s focus being on Secondary Schools.
ANA is a widely known literary organization committed to the promotion of Nigerian and African literatures. It was founded on 27th June, 1981 during a conference convened by late Professor Chinua Achebe. That maiden conference of Nigerian writers which held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka was attended by notable personalities in Nigerian literature and two Kenyan writers, Ngugi Wa Thiongo and Gacheche Wauringi. The organization is registered as a corporate body/professional association with the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja.
ANA has Chapters in each State of the Federation including the F.C.T. The current National President of the association, Mr. Denja Abdullahi, hails from Kogi State.
Addressing newsmen in Lokoja, the Kogi State Chairman of ANA, Dr. Kennedy Obohwemu said, “One thing that guarantees our freedom and independence is responsibility. If we lose that, we lose everything. Responsibility remains the watch word of noble organizations. It is in accordance with these basic principles that ANA-Kogi and the Rotary Club of Lokoja Metro decided to jointly organize this epoch-making event.
“We’ve received official permission from the Ministry of Education to carry out this historic event. The initiative will no doubt serve as a veritable tool for community development, which is what both organizations (ANA and Rotary) are known for.”
Dr. Kennedy added that the multi-disciplinary competition will be held in different stages, with the Grand Finale billed to coincide with the 10th Year Anniversary Celebration of the Rotary Club of Lokoja Metro in the month of September.
“We’re happy to associate with Rotary International. We’re very positive that a lot of new partners will key into this project. It is a laudable. It’s a massive step in the right direction. Our students deserve it, and even more,” Dr. Kennedy said.
Footprints exclusively gathered that the history-making multi-staged literary competition, which is geared towards encouraging healthy academic rivalry among youngsters, is open to all public and private Secondary Schools spread across all 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kogi State.
The competition shall cover five (5) categories:
Schools will be made to lock horns against each other as the competition progresses from stage to stage.
The Preliminary Stage is open to all students (J.S.S. 1 to S.S.S. 3). Students will be required to write an Expository Essay on the topic: ‘The Power of your Vote: A catalyst for a stable and united Nigeria’.
In assessing the entries, examiners shall look out for how much students know of the issue, their capacity to express that knowledge in standard English usage and their ability to follow tested methods of expressing knowledge acquired through observation, reading and experience. It is expected to get tougher and more interesting as the competition progresses.
Please note the following:
A Poetry Contest shall be used to further determine schools that will qualify for the next round.
As the competition progresses to the final, the best three schools (one from each of the three Senatorial Districts) shall struggle it out for a first, second and third place finish. For the final, there shall be five (5) participants per school: two (2) for Quiz, two (2) for debate and one (1) for Spelling Bee. The participants shall go through the following stages:
For the Quiz, participants shall be served with standard WASSCE/WAEC Question Papers on English Language (Comprehension, Lexis & Structure, Test of Orals).
The Debate shall feature sensational arguments on topical issues and current trends in Science, Technology, Politics, Religion and the Arts. Examiners shall look out for the ability of candidates to express themselves in an informed opinion on contemporary issues of national significance. Topics shall be disclosed to schools at least two weeks before the scheduled final date.
The Spelling Bee shall assess the candidate’s ability to spell words in the English Language correctly. Students shall pick numbers from a pool of questions, and shall be required to provide the correct spellings (as response to the questions) within a stipulated period of time. The current edition of the Oxford Advanced Learners English Dictionary is recommended for use. Participants should pay attention to stress patterns and syllables in the English Language. Correct application of Syntax and Morphology shall be looked out for. Words could be long or short, but attention must be drawn to details.
The school with the highest number of points in each of the three categories (Quiz, Debate, Spelling Bee) shall be declared overall winner of the competition.
The Final shall take place on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 in Lokoja. This will be followed by a spectacular Awards Ceremony (red-carpet event) the following Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 in Lokoja.
The following prizes and awards have been budgeted for winning students and schools:
The English Language Teachers for the schools that emerge overall champions (1st, 2nd & 3rd) shall be rewarded with a sum total of one hundred thousand naira (N100, 000)!
A Raffle Draw shall be conducted at the Grand Finale of the event. Prizes to be won include:
1st Prize: Laptop computer
2nd Prize: Deep Freezer
3rd Prize: Generator
Consolation Prizes: Pressing Iron, Blender, Sandwich Toaster, Smart Phones, Schoolbags, Wall Clocks, etc.
There is no gainsaying that this laudable project will require the backing of all and sundry. The cooperation and support of all the players in the industry (organizers, schools, students, government officials and relevant authorities) are hereby solicited.
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ANA/ROTARY BRAIN-MATCH FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS
… for the love of education