The 2017 ANA/ROTARY LITERARY CONTEST FOR SCHOOLS & COLLEGES kicked off in earnest last month with the Essay Writing category.

The history-making multi-staged literary competition is geared towards encouraging healthy academic rivalry among youngsters. It is open to all public and private Secondary Schools spread across all 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kogi State.

For the First Stage of the competition which was concluded last Friday, students were made to write an Expository Essay on the topic: ‘The Power of your Vote: A catalyst for a stable and united Nigeria’.

Speaking to newsmen in Lokoja, the Kogi State Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) who doubles as the President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Lokoja Metro, Dr. Kennedy Obohwemu revealed that no less than 1,000 essay entries were received from students spread across the length and breadth of the State. He was pleased to announce the results of the preliminary rounds.

“In assessing the entries, examiners looked out for how much students knew 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,” Dr. Kennedy said.

Below are the schools that have qualified for the next stage of the prestigious competition, as exclusively revealed to Footprints:


1. Adavi LGA
a. Government Science Secondary School, Ozuri-Oniyeka
b. Success College, Ozuri
c. Ebira Community Secondary School, Okene

2. Ajaokuta LGA
a. ASCL Staff Comprehensive Secondary School I, Ajaokuta
b. ASCL Staff Comprehensive Secondary School II, Ajaokuta
c. ASCL Staff Comprehensive Secondary School III, Ajaokuta
d. Children of the Kingdom Comprehensive Secondary School, Ajaokuta
e. Government Science Secondary School, Adogo

3. Ogori/Magongo LGA
a. Community Secondary School, Ogori
b. Community Secondary School, Magongo

4. Okehi LGA
a. Ruth Elton Secondary School, Obangede
b. Government Girls Unity Secondary School, Oboroke
c. Community Secondary School, Obangede
d. Unity Model School, Okene

5. Okene LGA
a. Government Girls Science Secondary School, Otutu, Okene
b. Abdul Aziz Attah Memorial College, Okene
c. Demonstration Standard College, Onyukoko, Okene
d. Local Government Secondary School, Ohiana, Okene.
e. Government Girls Secondary School, Ogaminana, Okene
f. Queen of Apostles College, Okene
g. College of Arabic & Islamic School, Okene


6. Ankpa LGA
a. Aleka Academy, Ankpa
b. Haskwoji Royal College, Ankpa
c. Atodo International Academy, Ankpa
d. Global College, Ankpa
e. St. Charles College, Ankpa

7. Bassa LGA
a. Bassa Model School, Bassa
b. Bassa Grammar School, Bassa

8. Dekina LGA
a. Bedrock International School, Anyigba
b. Nigeria Navy Secondary School, Okura
c. Biraidu Community Secondary School, Abocho
d. Our Lady’s College, Anyigba

9. Ibaji LGA
a. Fr. Aromeh Secondary School, Uchuchu

10. Idah LGA
a. St. Kizito Seminary, Idah
b. Polytechnic Secondary School, Idah

11. Igamela-Odolu LGA
a. Community Secondary School, Ogbogbo

12. Ofu LGA
a. Federal Government College, Ugwolawo

13. Olamaboro LGA
a. Government Secondary School, Okpo

14. Omala LGA
Iyaji Commercial College, Abejukolo


15. Ijumu LGA
a. Ijumu Anglican Science Secondary School, Iyara Ijumu

16. Kabba LGA
a. St. Monica’s College, Kabba
b. St. Barnabas College, Kabba
c. Federal Government Girls College, Kabba
d. St. Augustine’s College, Kabba
e. Bishop McCalla Comprehensive High School, Kabba

17. Koton-Karfe LGA
a. Amazing Grace Secondary School, Koton-Karfe
b. Community Girls Secondary School, Koton-Karfe

18. Lokoja LGA
a. Anchor International School, Lokoja
b. Baptist High School, Lokoja
c. Effective Comprehensive College, Lokoja
d. Faith Academy, Zango
e. Good Shepherd Anglican Academy, Lokoja
f. Government Science Secondary School, Lokoja
g. Michael Omonogu Memorial Secondary School, Lokoja
h. Salem Oxford International School, Lokoja
i. St. Clement Minor Seminary, Lokoja
j. Yabma International Science Academy, Lokoja
k. Arigbede College, Lokoja
l. Confluence International Academy, Lokoja
m. Rock & Gardens Montessori International School, Lokoja
n. Royal Crown International School, Lokoja
o. Crowther Memorial College, Lokoja
p. Rainbow International School, Lokoja
q. Al Azhar International College, Lokoja
r. St. Thomas Acquinas Secondary School, Lokoja
s. Scintillate International Model School, Lokoja
t. Bishop Delise College, Lokoja
u. Government Day Secondary School, Lokoja
v. Army Day Secondary School, Lokoja
w. Harmony Secondary School, Lokoja
x. Christfield Secondary School, Lokoja
y. Bethel Group of Schools, Lokoja
z. UBE, Sakin Noma

19. Mopamuro LGA
a. ECWA Secondary School, Mopa
b. Baptist Secondary School, Mopa
c. Cruise Memorial College, Mopa

20. Yagba East LGA
a. African Church Secondary School, Isanlu
b. St. Kizito’s College, Isanlu

21. Yagba West
a. ECWA George Campion Academy, Egbe
b. Heritage College, Egbe
c. Titicombe College, Egbe

The next stage of the competition, which is the Sub-Regional Finals, is scheduled to begin next week Wednesday, June 28, 2017 and last till Wednesday, July 12, 2017. The Sub-Regional Finals will produce champions in each of the 21 LGAs of the State. The Regional Finals will follow almost immediately, producing winners in each of the three Senatorial Diatricts (Kogi Central, Kogi East and Kogi West). The Grand Finale will hold in September.

For the Sub-Regional and Regional Finals, participants shall go through the following stages:

  • Quiz Competition
  • Debate
  • Spelling Bee
  • For the Quiz, participants shall be served with standard WASSCE/WAEC Question Papers on English Language (Comprehension, Lexis & Structure, Test of Orals). They shall be further tested on Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and General Knowledge.

    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.

    A number of mouth-watering prizes are available for winners of the historic competition, including scholarships worth N250, 000, fully equipped library, laptops, educational materials, branded souvenirs from sponsors like Grace FM 95.5, DHL, 7-Up, Glo, Thermocool, Scanfrost, Treasures Bakery, etc. Teachers of winning schools also go home with as much as N100, 000!

    It promises to be a spectacular never-before-seen event!


    … for the love of education!


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    1. Please under ajaokuta LGA, is it ASCSS 1, ASCSS 2 or brother school beautiful they are actually different

      • Dr. Ken says:

        Hello Paschal,

        It’s ASCL Staff Comprehensive Secondary School I, II & III. That is, all three of them!

        Congrats for making it through to the next round!

        All the best!

    2. Apara Olalekan says:

      Base on the publication, are we only coming for quiz and spelling bee on 28 for the topic for debate has not yet been given as promised. Is the debate a kind of impromptu speech? Please l need clarification on this. Thanks

      • Dr. Ken says:

        For the Sub-Regional & Regional Finals holding for Kogi Central Senatorial District on Wednesday, 28 June, 2017, participants will go through Quiz Competition & Spelling Bee. The Debate is for the Grand Finale coming up in September.

        For the Quiz, prepare for these subjects: Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General Knowledge.

        You need TWO SENIOR students for the Quiz and ONE JUNIOR student for the Spelling Bee.

        All the best!

    3. Ichaba Christiana says:

      Please may I know the venue

    4. Dr. Ken says:

      Venue for tomorrow’s event is AAMCO, Okene @9am prompt!

      • Sam O. says:

        Please, when and where will Kogi west compete?

        And, are the poem and argumentative essay mentioned in the invitation cancelled?

    5. Sam O. says:

      When and where will the schools from kogi west be invited for regionals? Have we missed it?

      And, are the poem and argumentative essay that were mentioned in the invitation letter cancelled?

    6. Ehalaiye Oluwaseun says:

      wow! thanks!
      I’m really grateful for the quick responses.
      I’m sure everyone else is too.

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