Barakat Adeoti has emerged the winner of the Real Act of Kindness Development Foundation (RAK) 2020 COVID-19 essay competition for secondary schools in Badagry, Lagos State.
17-year-old girl, Barakat Adeoti, a student of Araromi Ilogbo Senior Secondary School, Oko-Afo, won the final round of the RAK COVID-19 Essay Competition held on the 1st of July  at Ajara Vetho, Badagry.
The competition was organised by a Non-Governmental Organisation, Real Act of Kindness Development Foundation.
The topic of the essay competition was “The Lessons I Learnt During The COVID-19 Pandemic.”
Olufisayo Sorungbe and Faith Ojerinde, both SS3 and SS2 students of Lagos Senior Model College, Kankon, came second and third, respectively.
Barakat Adeoti received a cash award of ₦10,000, Sorungbe got ₦6,000 while Ojerinde received cash prize of ₦4,000.
Other participants were presented with consolation prizes, which include school bags, exercise books, notepad, water bottles, face caps and pens.
The founder of the NGO, Mr. Mobolaji Ogunlende, said:
“We are all suffering from COVID-19, the whole world is going through changes, all students are at home, a lot of students are willing to go back to school.
So, I thought of a way to engage the students, and what came to my mind was the essay competition.
For me it is not so much about the prize, it’s about the opportunities, value and leverage we are creating for the young individuals to thrive.
In this type of competition, to me everyone is a winner, for the fact that you actually took the effort and time to participate.
The sky is your foundation, not your limit.”
Mr. Mobolaji Ogunlende urged the pupils to always take advantage of similar education programmes to excel, adding that aside the cash prize, the competition was an opportunity to push themselves forward.
Mr. Ogunlende also commended the volunteer teachers who selected the three winner of the competition.