STUDENTS of Anambra descent in the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, under the aegis of the Association of Anambra State Students in Nigeria and Diaspora (AASSNID), in collaboration with National Association of Anambra Law Students (NAALS), University of Nigeria Chapter, have invited the public to participate in the ongoing Essay Writing Competition in memory of one of her members, Wendy Ebenezer Linda.
Speaking in a telephone call, the president of the association, Chukwuka Igwe, alongside his counterpart, Victor Mbanasor of the National Association of Anambra Law Students, University of Nigeria said the maiden essay writing competition is partly to commemorate one of the active members of the association, Wendy Linda, who was, until her death last year, in a fatal accident around Mayfair, Ile-Ife, an active member of the AASSNID.
The duo added that the objectives of the essay writing also included; promoting writing with manifest objective of rejuvenating ideas, communication, impacting knowledge and preserving culture; as well as the need to preserve history and re-awaken socio-cultural and socio-political consciousness.
Comrade Igwe noted that the competition is also in line with the mission and vision of the association which, among other things, is to enhance the intellectual and academic prowess of her members. He also stated that the ongoing competition is not limited to members of the association alone, but to any interested Nigerian student.
“The competition is of two categories; a topic for Anambra students and another for non-indigenes. For ndi Anambra, the topic is ‘Grass root Politics and the Ignorance of the People to Government: Are the People of Anambra Politically Conscious?’ while that of non-indigenes is ‘The Impact of Socio-Cultural Value on Igbo Society’. We are already receiving submissions. The deadline has been extended to July 23, 2020.”
According to him, the top three are entitled to a free course to foster their personal skills under the aegis of Learnaholics Academy, Africa. Among other sponsors is Youth Assembly of Nigeria (Anambra State). Top three from each category would receive cash prizes and award of merit.
He specially appreciates Mbanasor Victoria Chinyeaka Mbanasor, National Association of Anambra Law Students and Ezeilo Chidubem of Obafemi Awolow University, for working selflessly towards the success of the competition, calling on other students to emulate such service.
“Entrants are to note that their essay must not exceed 1000 words, 12 font size, Times New Roman, and should be submitted to thememorialessay.gmail.com,” he said.
In his response, the President, National Association of Anambra Law Students, UNEC Chapter, Rotr Godwin Ibeabuchi, said that “the winners will be announced on the AASSNID Instagram account @aassnid_oau and @Naals_Unec respectively”.