Winners Of The 2017 Teecoks Writing Competition

Towunmi Coker Literary Initiative – a non-governmental organisation (NGO) has awarded winners of the 2017 Teecoks Writing Competition.

Teecoks Writing Competition is organised by the NGO for secondary school students in Lagos State. The competition had as theme ‘Flipping the Scripts: An Unemployment Story,’ with entries submitted either in poetry or fictional form.

Winners Of The 2017 Teecoks Writing Competition

Poetry category:

Omotayo Tomiwa of Maryland Comprehensive School, Ikeja, Lagos, went home with the first position and beat Atanda Akpezi Blessing of Diary Farm Secondary School, while Ezeokeh Chelsea of Holy Child College emerged the third winner.

Fiction category:

Osumah Katherine of Maryland Comprehensive School emerged winner, while Oluwapemi Adesanya of Oke-Oso Senior High School and Obidi Eunice Onyeaka of ISL settled for the second and third prizes respectively.

There was, however, consolation prizes for the fourth to 10th place winners. The winners were given certificates of recognition and some prize items, while the top three winners for each category were given some money. In addition, they will be sponsored in a writing workshop later this year.

The event, which made its debut in 2013, has according to the founder, Dr. Towunmi Coker, created an avenue for creative writers among secondary schools students to showcase their prowess and get necessary recognition.

According to her:

“I am very glad that my initiative is helping to nurture the raw talent of students. My aim of establishing this initiative was to see that the students cultivate the habit of reading and writing good books.

I am glad that our efforts have not been in vain as the students are now eager to participate fully in the competition and the schools’ authorities are also doing us a favour by registering their students en masse for the competition. And I can say that it has gone a long way to improving the reading and writing culture among the students.”

While speaking at the event, the chairman, Prof. Tunde Babawale, advised the students to always seek knowledge through books because one could only become wise only by what he or she had experienced.

Aderemi Raji-Oyelade Awarded 2018 European Commission’s Staff Mobility for Teaching Award

Professor Aderemi Raji-Oyelade of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, has emerged the recipient of the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Teaching Award.

The Erasmus+ programme is a funding scheme to support activities in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport. Between February 20 and 22, 2018, Professor Aderemi Raji-Oyelade was awarded the prestigious 2017 Humboldt Alumni award and Humboldt Conference Award, which the scholar convened at University of Ibadan Conference Centre.

According to a statement by the Dean, Faculty of Arts, UI, Professor Ademola Omobewaji Dasylva, the Nigeria’s premier University is the only African country listed on the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Grant (Project 2017-1-HR01-KA107-035107), referring to cooperation with higher education institutions, alongside other non-EU countries including Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Montenegro, and Russian Federation.

In the words of Professor Ademola Omobewaji Dasylva:

“Under the Key Action 1 Activity granted to Nigeria, among five non-EU countries, Raji-Oyelade will be Visiting Professor to Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia where he will teach African literature and cultural studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of UNIOS.”

The Erasmus+ programme awards financial supports to individual incoming and outgoing teaching and non-teaching staff mobilities, which objective is teaching or training at a selected partner higher education institution (HEI) in selected partner countries, for the purpose of studying or teaching at the University of Osijek, Croatia. The visiting scholarship will be utilized in May, 2018

The Vice Chancellor of UI, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka while expressing his felicity on behalf of UI and its members, stated:

“Raji-Oyelade is a blessing to our university. He has brought many medals to our university. He is a good ambassador of the university. Raji-Oyelade is one out of the many reputable scholars we have in this university. I am always very proud of the Department of English Language of the University of Ibadan, which has produced international scholars like Professor Niyi Osundare, Professor Chinua Achebe, Professor Wole Soyinka, and Professor J.P. Clark.”

Olayinka added that another scholar that has brought glory to University of Ibadan, is Dr. Esther Eyiuche of the Department of Agronomy, who just won the 2018 Young Award by the Society for In Vitro Biology, SIVB, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, in recognition of her contributions and achievements in the Vitro sciences.

Alhudahuda College Zaria Wins 7th Kaduna International Trade Fair Quiz Competition

Alhudahuda College Zaria, has emerged winner of the 7th edition of the Kaduna International Trade Fair quiz competition.

Alhudahuda, represented by Aliyu Muhammad and Nurudeen Muhammad emerged the first position at the Kaduna International Trade and Investment Centre, with 150 points on aggregate.

Nigeria Tulip International School came second with 144 points, Government Secondary School Kawo took the third position, leaving Brain Trust International School in the 4th.

Over 15 senior secondary schools participated in the preliminary written test that saw the above four best performing schools into the final quiz contest.

Exclusively a science quiz, the final strife done in two rounds fielded eight subjects including Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Computer Sciences, English Language and Current Affairs.

Speaking at the event, Kaduna State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Ja’afaru Sani, urged the students to take advantage of the programme as a veritable platform to test their ability to compete.
He assured the students of government’s concern about their education and urged them to make the state proud by performing excellently in their academic works. Sani also advised the female amongst them not to give in to any pressure that tries to make them lose interest in education, stressing that with their excellent academic performance, such pressure would be suppressed.

The Kaduna International Trade Fair quiz competition is one of the flagship events featured annually at the trade fair to encourage the participants to have the spirit of competition in their academic pursuit.

Nigeria Emerge Chair Of Gulf Of Guinea Commission [2017]

Nigeria has emerged as the new Chair of the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC).

At the 4th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the GGC, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo called on member states to urgently address the socio-economic and security challenges facing the Commission. He said the members would achieve this by collectively taking measures to check violations of domestic and international treaties in the Gulf.

The vice president identified the challenges facing the commission to include a rise in maritime insurance premiums for vessels coming into the Gulf, increased threats and reduced commercial traffic to the region as well as unregulated and unreported fishing. He also charged the member states to take measures to reduce pollution and environmental degradation in the Gulf of Guinea, lauding the individual efforts of some of the member states who improved the capacities and capability of their Navy and other relevant organisations to enable them perform their duties more effectively.

In his statement:

“In conformity with the theme of the 4th Ordinary Session which is; “A Vibrant Gulf of Guinea Region for sustainable Development’’, let us renew our commitment to making the Gulf of Guinea more effective and a truly vibrant partner in all our efforts, be it regional, national or international, to ensure a zone of peace, security and sustainable development for our countries, our peoples and other stakeholders in the region. This effort is capped by the establishment of the inter-regional coordination centre based in Yaoundé, Cameroun, as the collaborative link between the two maritime regional centres led by ECOWAS and ECCAS.’’

The National Security Adviser to the President, Babagana Monguno, observed that the meeting was a framework for consultations among the countries of the GCC, and that current situation in the Gulf of Guinea region especially the surge in illegal activities of piracy, illicit drugs, arms and human trafficking, illegal immigration, environmental pollution and degradation calls for greater attention from member countries to curb these activities. He maintained that an improvement of Maritime security could positively contribute to increased national, regional and continental stability and by the same token make a sustainable contribution to global security, He noting that Nigeria on its part had continued to develop the capacity of its armed forces particularly the Navy and other Maritime agencies to effectively tackle these challenges.

Mr. Monguno said other measures being implemented include; employment of the robust maritime domain awareness capability through the employment of the original maritime awareness capability and the Falcon Eye Project, activation of a Naval Taskforce to combat piracy and related attacks on shipping and oil and gas infrastructure, establishment of 37 check points by the Nigerian Navy to ensure continuous presence and monitoring of crude oil thefts in the Niger Delta area, the conduct of regular sea exercises by the Nigerian Navy such as exercise Eagle Eye, to improve its state of readiness and proficiency. He disclosed that Nigeria had also prepared the draft anti-piracy bill to give effect to the relevant provisions of the United Nations Conventions of the Law of the Sea of 1982 and the Convention for the Suppression of Illegal Acts at Sea 1982 and its protocol of 2005 to punish and deter piracy and other maritime crimes.

In his words:

“Suffice it to say that maritime security and economic prosperity are interdependent and mutually re-enforcing. The Nigerian Navy has been maintaining a strong presence in Maritime area with a band configuration and operations capabilities to deal with surface, air and underwater threats. Indeed, the surveillance capabilities of the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency are being developed to ensure a secure environment within the domain as well as in the Gulf of Guinea. In addition, the Nigerian Navy has been cooperating with neighbouring countries and allies in Nigeria’s Maritime area of interest with a view to pursue security and safety.

Nigeria has ascribed to the continent’s maritime charter on maritime security safety and development in Africa, this was done on 15th of October, 2016 with the aim of strengthening the inter-agency for national coordination and cooperation to tackle maritime issues for the region. Nigeria has also ratified The United Nations Organised Crime Convention which enjoins parties to criminalize practices and combat that subject human beings to all forms of exploitation. Nigeria has adopted a strategic framework such as the 2015 Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy and the Yaoundé Code of Conduct for the repression of piracy and other illicit maritime activities within the Gulf of Guinea.’’

Mr. Monguno noted that the security challenges confronting the member states of the GGC, which had continued to impact negatively on the development of the region, called for concerted and unrelenting efforts by all stakeholders. The NSA observed that the Gulf of Guinea provided a verifiable platform to tackling these numerous security challenges. He therefore, called for increased cooperation and collaboration among member states as well as support for the GGC to enhance its capacity to deliver on its mandate.

The Executive Secretary of the GGC, Florentine Ukonga, called on member states to support the proposed Revitalisation Strategy of the GGC, saying that under the proposal the secretariat would establish five new committees for effective management of the commission.

Members of the GGC, which was established by the Treaty signed in Libreville, Gabon, on July 3, 2001 included Cameroon, Togo, Benin, Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe and Ghana.

Sunday Ajah Wins 16th Heineken Aba Amateur Golf Open Championship

Sunday Ajah, has emerged the overall winner and champion of the 16th Heineken Aba Amateur Golf Open Championship at Aba Sports Club Golf Section with a gross score of 155.

Sunday Ajah, the South Africa 2014 MTN World Amateur Golf Championship participant beat Ude Sunday to the second position and Emmanuel Onumajuru, a four-time winner of the tournament, to a distant third position.

About 150 male and female amateur golfers from all parts of the country participated in the six categories of the tournament sponsored by Nigeria Breweries Plc. (NB Plc).

Happy that he won the Heineken Aba Amateur Golf Open Championship, Ajah said:

“This is my first victory since I started participating in it five years ago. This is one of the tournaments that I had dreamt of winning. I want to play professional golf, I was in South Africa for the MTN World Amateur Championship in 2014 and I still want to go higher than that.”

He expressed his appreciation to his sponsors, Emeka Ekwebelem and Mrs. Ngodi Nkwoji, who is the lady captain of the Golf Section of Aba Sports Club.

NB Plc’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Johan Doyer said the tournament continued to offer his company an opportunity to further demonstrate commitment towards sports development and active healthy living in Aba, Abia State and the nation in general.

In his words:

“I am delighted that the tournament has once again brought together golf enthusiasts from different locations beyond the state to display their skills in what would be three days of great entertainment and bonding.”

Giving kudos to NB Plc for its sustained good disposition towards the club, Aba Sports Club’s President, Mr. Geoffrey Uzoagbara described the brewer as “our best benefactor.”