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17-years-old wins Commonwealth Essay Competition

A 17-year-old Nigerian student, Nnemdi Ozoemena, has emerged the runner-up in the senior category of the 2019 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.

Country Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society in Nigeria and Chairman Nigeria Conversation, Mr Blackson Bayewumi, said this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.

Mr Bayewumi said the Federal Ministry of Education had on March 11, inaugurated the competition in Abuja on behalf of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) Nigeria during the commemoration of the Commonwealth Day.

Alh. Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education launching the Queens Essay Competition in Abuja.

According to him, the Royal Commonwealth Society in Nigeria inaugurated the Essay Competition in Lagos on February 20, 2019, and that the competition was held all over the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth.

“Ozoemena emerged runner-up courtesy of her literary piece chosen from more than 11,000 entries from across the five regions of the Commonwealth.

“Ozoemena will be invited to attend an Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace where the Duchess of Cornwall will present them with certificates on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen,” he said.

The Country Director also added that notable authors would read extracts from the winning pieces at the ceremony as part of a week of cultural and educational activities in London, UK.

Mr Bayewumi explained that the 2019 competition titled “Connected Commonwealth” required applications on how the contestants could use cultural, technological, and environmental connections for positive change across the Commonwealth.

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