World Environment Day 2021 ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION
In line with our commitment to promote a sustainable environment, we joined the United Nations global campaign #GenerationRestoration by organizing our 5th Annual World Environment Day Essay Writing Competition to encourage young people to research on, and take action to protect, the environment.
For the first time in the history of the competition, we expanded the scope beyond Warri by welcoming entries from other parts of Delta State with many junior secondary school students availing themselves of the opportunity to express their ingenious ideas on ways to promote a safer world for all to live in.
It has been our usual practice to expose young Nigerians to explore and take responsibility by proffering ways they can address the environmental challenges faced in their communities and beyond. The topic this year, “Ecosystem Restoration: My Role in Reviving the Planet,” presented the perfect platform for students to share their many creative ideas on the actions they would take to key into the UN program.
The suggestions put forward by the students are laudable and there is no doubt that the ideas they have expressed will set Nigeria on the right path to bringing our degraded ecosystems back to life.
We sincerely appreciate our reputable panel of judges who worked round the clock to ensure that each of the entries were objectively assessed. Some of the entries failed the plagiarism test and were promptly disqualified as originality is a key performance criterion for Omafuru Foundation. Unfortunately, plagiarism continues to be a challenge in this essay competition, and we want to use this opportunity to encourage teachers to enlighten their students on the appropriate way to reference ideas taken from published works.
Deciding the eventual winners was an arduous task. Our judges selected entries that demonstrated creativity, hard work and originality. We list below the winners of Omafuru Foundation’s 5th Annual Essay Writing Competition:
1st Position – Mgbenobi Praise Chimbuchim (Federal Government College, Warri)
2nd Position – Arogbo-John Tayo (Jenny Secondary School, Ekete)
3rd Position – Odafe Purity Efetoborhe Faith (Excellent Pillars Int’l Sch, Orhuwhorun)
Praise who submitted the winning entry resolved to join the #GenerationRestoration campaign by supporting environmentally friendly practices. By replacing disposable items with reusable ones, unblocking drainage systems and volunteering for clean-ups in her community, she hopes to challenge others to do likewise and save the planet.
A similar idea was buttressed by Tayo who won second place. Tayo decried the grave effects plastic wastes have on the environment and expressed determination to create more awareness through volunteering efforts and promoting recycling while discouraging indiscriminate disposal of wastes.
Toeing the same line, Purity prefers to address the problem by discouraging deforestation and ensuring that harmful habits that lead to flooding in her community are curbed. She opines that all hands must be on deck if any meaningful progress is to be achieved in this decade-long campaign.
Entries from the following students were also worthy of recognition and would receive consolation prizes for their ingenious contributions:
Aghogho Deborah – Peacelyn Secondary School, Ugbomro
Obi-Idudu Yomeremere – Jenny Secondary School, Ekete
Okpuzor Christabel – Jenny Secondary School, Ekete
Anunwa Amarachi Elizabeth – DSC Technical High School, Orhuwhorun
Ejechi Mitchell Chukwuyenum – Federal Government College, Warri
Maya Ebilabe Blessing – Bedford Academy, Igbogidi
Elohor Ekohwo – Delta Careers College, Ugboroke
Okeoghene Ovuakporaye Lilian – Alvina’s High School
Ejire Oghenerukevwe Glory – Steel Secondary Sch, DSC
Sunday Victory – Orient Academy Group of Schools, Agbor
We appreciate all the young students for their research efforts towards lending a voice to our campaign for environmental sustainability. To tackle the environmental problems facing us today, the world needs you to take action and continue to be an inspiration to others around you.
In a very special way, we thank the principals and teachers of all the schools that took part in the competition for giving their students the necessary support. We look forward to an even greater turnout next year.
Prizes will be awarded to winners at their respective schools on the day agreed with the school management.
Congratulations to all our winners!