UNILORIN Student Emerges 2nd runner-up of National Essay CompetitionEntertainment, News Friday, September 20th, 2013
L-R: The Director, Conrad Clark presenting the Award to Alao Idris Ibrahim (the 2nd runner-up winner) during the 45th Annual National Conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) held at the Abuja International Conference Centre between 18th-20th September, 2013.
By Ali Toyin Abdul, UNILORIN
A student of the University of Ilorin, Alao Idris Ibrahim, has emerged the 2nd runner-up in the 2013 edition of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) Essay Competition. Alao, who is a 300L Law student, a university scholar and president of the Union of Campus Journalists at Unilorin, has earlier won the essay contest organized by Naija Writers’ Coach (an online resource) in April 2013.
Also emerged the third prize winner are Wright Damilola (the 1st prize winner) and Uzoigwe Chimezie (the 1st runner-up) of the University of Lagos and University of Benin respectively. The competition featured 107 entrants who are undergraduates from various Nigerian tertiary institutions, out of which 7 entrants were invited for the essay defence earlier in September.
The topic of the essay was “Youth empowerment and development drive: An invaluable step to secure Nigeria’s future prosperity”. The drive for a topic like this was borne out of the urgent need to harness the potential in the youth for development. The youth population in developing countries is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the country to develop locally led economies, set pace for industrialization and secure a prosperous future.
The award-winning writer expressed joy on breaking new ground. “I feel highly elated that I emerged one of the winners of the 2013 CIPM Essay Competition,” He said. When asked how he attained the feat, he explained: “Since last year’s edition, I’ve made up my mind to enter the contest this year. The information about the 2013 edition got to me in early June when I had to go sleepless for several nights to prepare for my second semester exams. Intuitively, I couldn’t work on the essay until after the exams. So while my colleagues were returning back home after a successful academic session, I waited behind to commence the 20 page work. I submitted my entry few days before the deadline in July. Then in August I was invited for the Essay Defence slated for 6th September and after the defence I was announced as the 2nd runner-up”.
Last year, Muhammed Abdullahi Tosin (a Unilorin student) also was among the winners of the competition. The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management is an institute of learning on human resources and personnel management. It organizes essay competition on annual basis for undergraduates of Nigerian tertiary institutions.
Ali Toyin Abdul, 200L Law, UNILORIN
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