#WritingGames 2017 winners emerge

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After an interesting four weeks of receiving entries for the topmost football essay writing competition in Africa, the winners are hereby unveiled

Adepoju Ademola and Emmanuella Chisom James have emerged winners of the 2017 #WritingGamesNG essay writing competition sponsored by Goal.com Nigeria and the University of Sussex. The duo won for Category 1 (NYSC/Final Year Undergraduates) and Category 2 (SS3/Sixth Form Colleges) respectively out of a total of 640 entries received nationwide.

Ademola has won 100,000 Naira and a £500 #WritingGamesNG bursary for the University of Sussex MA in Creative and Critical Writing (2018 entry) while James will receive 75,000 Naira.

Ezeuduji Oluchi Onyinyechi placed second and Adekunle Fisayo Adebajo finished in third place in Category 1 and while Chiwike Chibuzor Margaret was second and Okafor Olivia Amarachi was third in Category 2. They have won 50,000 Naira and 25,000 Naira respectively.

The competition, which is in its second year, is an avenue for young Nigerians to express their passion for football through critical writing.

This year’s topic, “Making Nigerian football attractive in a digital age” evoked a lot of interest as young people explored ideas on how to improve the quality of domestic football both on and off the field using modern technology as well as winning with social media.

The quality of this year’s essays was acknowledged by the judges as very high.  

“We were delighted with the quality and originality of the essays submitted in our second annual #WritingGamesNG competition,” said Professor Richard Follett, a professor of History and Director, International Recruitment & Development, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

“The essays intelligently and thoughtfully considered how digital media might transform the visibility and reach of Nigerian football at every level, be it professional or amateur, and how new media has changed audiences and even the fans’ perspective.

“Rigorous, analytical writing is the bedrock of our educational mission at the University of Sussex and we are pleased to work with key partners in Nigeria to support youth writing at high schools, universities, and within the NYSC,” he said.

Professor Dipo Salami, a professor of Language and Linguistics at the Department of English of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, also praised the quality of work.

“I found this year's topic not only of contemporary relevance to Nigeria but also significant for improving audience participation in football in the country,” he said.

“I am particularly delighted that a number of contributions from the NYSC Category addressed the issue creatively and made concrete and workable suggestions to the digitalization of the game of football in Nigeria,” Prof Salami concluded.

The judges were also happy to see a lot of entries from women, with podium finishes in both categories this year contrasting with last year when it was only men.

The award ceremony where all finalists and winners will receive certificates of participation will take place on Friday, 22 September by invitation only.

The #WritingGamesNG 2017 was supported by the Study GroupCampsBay Media, a sports communication company, NYSC and Writivism.

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Full List of Winners

CATEGORY 1 - NYSC/FINAL YEAR UNDERGRADUATES    
NAMES SCORE PLACEMENT
ADEPOJU ADEMOLA  75.5% WINNER
EZEUDUJI OLUCHI ONYINYECHI 72.5% SECOND PLACE
ADEKUNLE FISAYO ADEBAJO 72% THIRD PLACE
AWA JOY CHIDINMA 69% FINALIST
OLUTOBI SOGE 67.5% FINALIST
ADEBISI SAMUEL 66.5% FINALIST
OLAWOLE OLAYINKA 65.5% FINALIST
JONATHAN PRAISE IKECHUKWU 65% FINALIST
OGUNADE BENJAMIN 62% FINALIST
AIKI DAMILOLA 59.5% FINALIST

 

CATEGORY 2 - SS3/SIXTH FORM COLLEGES  
 
 
NAMES SCORES  PLACEMENT
EMMANUELLA CHISOM JAMES  71% WINNER
CHIWIKE CHIBUZOR MARGARET 67%   SECOND PLACE
OKAFOR OLIVIA AMARACHI  66%  THIRD PLACE
EMMANUEL ESOMNOFU 64% FINALIST
AZUBUIKE CHIDERA ESTHER 62.5% FINALIST
ABDULRAZAQ ABDULBASIT 61.5% FINALIST
ABRAHAM EBENEZER EHINOME 61% FINALIST
MIRACLE ELVIS 59% FINALIST
ALAIYE OLUWASEYE ELIZABETH 52% FINALIST

 
 

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