Winners emerge at 2024 SystemSpecs Children’s Day essay contest

SPOTLIGHTS

  • Two students emerged as winners, receiving ₦1 million each and other prizes
  • The competition received thousands of entries from secondary schools nationwide
  • SystemSpecs emphasizes its dedication to fostering technological advancement in Nigeria
  • The initiative aims to equip young Nigerians with skills for global competitiveness

By Henry Uche, Lagos

Bakare Oluwasubomi of Ijaiye Ojokoro Senior High School, Lagos State, and Aletan Oluwajuwonlo of Apostolic Faith Secondary School, Ibadan, Oyo State, have emerged as winners of the 2024 SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition (CDEC) in the senior and junior categories, respectively.

Anoje Xavier of Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja, FCT, emerged as the first runner-up in the senior category, while Elugbaju Iseoluwa of Word Faith Group of Schools, Abuja, FCT, secured the second runner-up position. In the junior category, Olowookere Anuoluwa of Redeemer’s Academy College, Ibadan, Oyo State, took the first runner-up spot, and Gershom Somtochuhwu of Trinitate Staff School, Ikwerre, Rivers State, claimed the second runner-up position.

The overall winners in both categories received ₦1 million each, the second-place winners ₦750,000, and the third-place winners ₦500,000, as well as brand new laptops, plaques, and other prizes.

They were celebrated at a National Winners’ Award Ceremony held on June 14th, 2024, in Lagos, Nigeria. For the past five years, the CDEC has catalysed the promotion of technological awareness nationwide.

The ceremony honoured the exceptional students and celebrated the achievements of their schools and states, highlighting the importance of nurturing intellectual prowess and academic excellence among young leaders aged 9 to 16.

The annual Children’s Day Essay Competition is a flagship Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of SystemSpecs, demonstrating the organisation’s commitment to fostering technological advancement in Nigeria.

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The programme aims to cultivate the next generation of innovative thinkers and technology leaders by nurturing young Nigerians, thereby accelerating the growth of the country’s technology capacity.

According to Dr Ernest Ndukwe, Group Chairman of SystemSpecs Holdings Limited, “We have taken the responsibility upon ourselves to provide every Nigerian child, irrespective of creed, culture, or constituency, an opportunity to be exposed to the amazing world of technology and its transformative power, thus setting them up on a path for success in an ever-increasingly competitive world where technology continues to be a defining factor.”

With about 3,500 essay submissions from various secondary schools across Nigeria, 50 finalists were shortlisted, from which three outstanding contestants emerged in both categories.

Managing Director of Remita Payment Services Limited (RPSL), ‘Deremi Atanda, affirmed the competition as a vital initiative dedicated to enhancing the country’s technological capabilities. He expressed delight at the programme’s remarkable growth, which has garnered increasing interest and participation nationwide, demonstrating its significant impact on developing technological resources in Nigeria.

“We are committed to the long term, having been at the forefront of business for the past 32 years. We firmly believe that investing in local capacity building is crucial for the country’s global competitiveness. Our goal is to nurture a new generation of highly skilled, tech-savvy Nigerians, equipped to drive innovation and excellence, and make a meaningful impact on the global stage,” he said.

Lagos State emerged victorious as the winning state this year, with an impressive 19 winners in the top 50. Meanwhile, Apostolic Faith Junior Secondary School in Ibadan, Oyo State, and Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja, took home the coveted winning school awards in the junior and senior categories, respectively. Each winning school received 10 laptops, while the winning state also received 10 laptops, further empowering the next generation of leaders with cutting-edge technology.

The CDEC essay entries underwent a rigorous three-stage evaluation process to ensure fairness, credibility, and excellence in identifying Nigeria’s young tech champions.

According to one of the judges, Professor Lawal Babatunde, “We assessed how effectively the students elaborated the points presented in their essays, demonstrating a clear understanding of how the provided content applies to real-life scenarios pertinent to this year’s competition theme. Additionally, we sought to evaluate their ability to synthesise their arguments and arrive at a coherent conclusion, building logically on the points previously presented in their essays.”

The SystemSpec’s Group Head of Corporate Services, Bukola Adeboye, commended the finalists on their achievements, reaffirming SystemSpecs’ dedication to cultivating future leaders for Africa through the competition and other initiatives.

“The 2024 edition marks another outstanding achievement for the CDEC, as we persist in cultivating ICT capabilities in Nigeria. Our singular objective for the CDEC is to facilitate Nigeria’s advancement through the augmentation of ICT capacity nationwide.

“We are convinced that technological innovation can be harnessed to drive progress across all sectors of the economy. At the SystemSpecs group, we remain dedicated to promoting technological awareness among the next generation of change-makers through the CDEC initiative,” she said.

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By fostering a culture of innovation and excellence, SystemSpecs aims to empower the next generation of trailblazers and change-makers, shaping the continent’s future for the better.

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