Nnemdi Ozoemena: Nigerian teenager emerges 2nd best in 2019 Commonwealth Essay Competition

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The Cable reports that Blackson Bayewumi, the country director of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) in Nigeria, made this known in a press statement on Wednesday, September 11. The Nigerian won second place in the senior category of the contest as Catherine Wa*ng, from Singapore, emerged the first winner.

It should be noted that the senior category of the essay contest is for students between the ages of 14 and 18 years.

The Nigerian student winning story titled Hello, is a postmodernist story which tells the tale of two young people who feel underappreciated for who they are. What makes the story especially different is that it was told from the perspective of direct messages on twitter. The final panel judge who scored the piece described it as “a shop window of how youth are speaking to each other today”

The judge said that the story explores important issues that people can really relate with and “feel something”. Bayewunmi said the Nigerian teenager’s story was picked from more than 11,000 entries across five regions of the commonwealth nations. He said that the 2019 competition titled “Connected Commonwealth” called for submissions that would reflect the writers’ ability to mix cultural, technological, and environmental themes in a single piece in a way that shows positive change across the commonwealth.

According to the information available on the RCS’ site, the competition has “a rich history” of building young creative around commonwealth regions as their literacy, expression, and creativity are promoted through excellent imagination. The writing contest which has been running since 1883 changed its name to The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition in 2015 as a honour to Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who is both the head of the commonwealth and the patron of the RCS.

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