* Akoki Aaron Mojolaoluwa is grand prize winner
* Olugbenga Dominion Mojolaoluwa is first runner-up
* Ezima Chinasa Margaret is second runner-up
THE Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange (WSICE) 2023 has announce winners of the Essay Competition, which is the 14th edition of the annual youth mentoring and mental capacity development initiative. The 2023 edition of the competition focused on ‘Nation Building, Good Governance, and National Development.’ Students from different schools were required to explore the topic, ‘Wole Soyinka’s Humanism, Artistry, and Nationalism’ in their thought process and writing. The announcement of the essay winners coincides with the 89th birthday anniversary (July 13) of the Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, the eminent literary artist, teacher, and rights activist, whose exemplary life and career as a global culture icon and humanist, inspired the project.
Since its launch in 2010, the competition has served as a platform to mentor the youths to imbibe the culture of participating in socio-cultural and political discourses in their environment. It enables the young ones to engage in healthy dialogue about national and international issues, testing the creativity and intelligence of the participants, and building their self-esteem. A record number of 111 entries were received from 50 schools from which 89 finalists were selected through a rigorous process of adjudication by a panel of literary workers and social workers.
Competing secondary school students flanking Prof. Wole Soyinka’s image at WSICE 2023
After the exercise, Akoki Aaron Mojolaoluwa, a Senior Secondary school (SS) 2 student of Adedokun International School, Ifo, Ogun State, emerged the grand prize winner of the WSICE 2023 Essay Writing Competition. The WSICE also announced Olugbenga Dominion Mojolaoluwa of Salawu Abiola Comprehensive School as first runner-up and Ezima Chinasa Margaret of Anglican Girls Grammar School as second runner-up.
A statement from the Executive Producer of the annual WSICE project, Dr. Teju Kareem, expressed appreciation to all the participating schools and students and reaffirmed WSICE’s commitment “to our goal of fostering unity, bolstering integrity, and instilling qualities of good leadership as values.”