Following the just finished Essay writing competition in Bayelsa State, A 16 year-old SS3 student of Ijaw National Academy, Kaiama, Franklin Martin, has won a grand prize of One Million Naira cash prize.

According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), The Competition which was organised by an NGO, Robert Sunday Iworiso (RSI) Foundation, was aimed at encouraging creative writing amongst the youth in the state.

The topic for the competition was captioned “Education as imperative for National Development for global relevance.”

The winner Martin, who spoke at the grand finale in Kaiama, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state, beat other 10 best writers selected from both public and private schools for the final.

Reports say the second position went to Tamara Ayameiya of Biedomo Premier School, Yenagoa with a N250,000 while the third position went to Blessing Tari of Tari-pet International School, Yenagoa who received N150,000.

The happy winner said the money will help him achieve his dreams.

He said. “I am very thrilled and thankful to God and the organizer for this huge opportunity and for taking a huge financial burden off my parents, especially at this trying time.

“I believe the money will be judiciously used, especially on my education as I move on to the next levels and to the university,” He added

Director of the Foundation Mr John Iworiso, said the competition was to discover and nurture gifted students in the state.

“The competition is one of the several ways through which we hope to discover untapped talents from the creeks and farmlands of Bayelsa to the rest of the world.

We have engaged and inspired their minds as change agents and the true leaders of tomorrow for the state and Nigeria.

“It is important to state that, with all that has befallen us as a people; education remains the key to the survival and liberation to the Niger-Delta region.

“I urge you to continue to learn how to write as we make plans to make it an annual event for SSS 3 students,” he said.

Mr Michael Afenfia, Chairman of the Organizing Committee praised the students for their outstanding performance.

“Every student who sent in an entry is a winner. It shows that he or she is confident about his or her writing skill.

“For those that did not win, I will say do not be discouraged. Take it as a challenge to perfect your writing and enter for the competition again in the next edition,” Afenfia said.

The Chairman fot the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) in Bayelsa State, Mr Bina Illagha, urged students across the state to tap and key into the opportunity to build their career.

He also called on students to continue to improve their habit of reading and writing.

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