11-year-old Onuoha-Okoro N. David of St Anthony Grammar School (Private) in Esure, Ijebu Imushin Ogun state and 15-year-old Kalu Derrick Ugochukwu of Fosla Academy, Karshi, Abuja have emerged overall winners respectively in the junior and senior categories of the SystemSpecs 2020 Children’s Day Essay Competition.
Toluwalase Aremu (10), Blooming Lights Montessori School, Lagos and 12-year-old Akorede Otufowora, Corona Secondary School, Agbara, Ogun state emerged first and second runners-up respectively in the junior category. In the senior category, Aisha Folashade Adebayo (14) of Aflon Digital Academy, Abuja and 14-year-old Shoniran Toluwase Oluwasemilore of Baptist Academy, Obanikoro, Lagos emerged first and second runners-up respectively.
The competition which had a two-week window for the submission of entries received about 2000 entries from over 500 public and privately owned secondary schools across 29 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
The most number of entries came from 11-year-olds even as 55 percent of submissions were in the junior category while the 45 percent were in the senior category.
In terms of entries per state and geopolitical zone, Lagos and the Southwest led the pack. Abuja led for North Central, followed by Kwara state; Enugu state for South East; Rivers led for South South; Taraba state led for North East; and Kaduna state for North West
SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition is organised to create opportunities for children from age 9 to 16 to share innovative ideas, from their worldview, capable of driving the attainment of a sustainable, technology-driven economy in Nigeria which would be the pride of Africa and the envy of the world.
The SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition presents an opportunity for young people of secondary school age to creatively think as leaders, sharing innovative idea capable of repositioning Nigeria as a country that thrives on ground-breaking ideas.
The winners in the first position for both categories each receive a high-performance laptop and headphone. The first runners-up receive tablet and a headphone while the second runners-up receive a tablet.
In its first year and themed, “Nigeria of my Dream: Making it Happen with Technology”, entries espoused brilliant ideas detailed in 1ooo and 1500 words for the junior and senior categories respectively of how Nigeria can swiftly transition from its current state to become a fully technology-led prosperous nation which all would be proud to call home.
“We believe that development of the countries lies not only in the hands of the adults, but also in that of our children. This competition is one step towards helping our youngsters to express qualitative thoughts that would enhance life in Nigeria. And as technology remains a potent tool to accelerate development, we are convinced that their dreams would become a reality,” said Akor Akpenyi, SystemSpecs’ CSR programme administrator.
Akpenyi reiterated the firm’s commitment to actively collaborate with relevant stakeholders in its corporate social responsibility goal of advancing capacity development for Nigeria across various levels.
Speaking on behalf of the judges, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata (CFA) said the judges were impressed by the quality of the submissions received.
“The entries gave a soothing assurance that despite the mounting odds, there is hope on the horizon, especially through these young ones. On behalf of other distinguished members of the panel of judges, I celebrate and congratulate all who sent in entries and encourage them to keep championing causes that would help to reposition Nigeria for good.”
The 2020 Children’s Day Essay Competition is the first in the series and is part of SystemSpecs’ overall drive to contribute to capacity development towards the economic advancement of the country.
SystemSpecs, providers of innovative solutions – Remita, Paylink and HumanManager, has remained at the forefront of providing fintech and HR technology solutions for individuals, businesses and government in Nigeria.