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A non-profit organisation, Aweleka Social Club of Nigeria, has unveiled plans to organise an inaugural quiz and debate competition for secondary school students in Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State.
About 60 public and private secondary school students will represent their schools in the competition, co-sponsored by the Ifedinma Social Club of Nigeria.
A statement made available to The PUNCH on Friday revealed that the competition would take place on October 1, 2022, at FrankBryan Event Hall, Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State.
The Chairman of the Organising Committee, Mr. Harry Odibe, hinted that kind-hearted individuals and institutions from Ogwashi-Uku have donated different prizes worth thousands of Naira for the students to compete.
The awards include The Professor Ikechukwu Enwemnwa Award for the Best School in Quiz, The Professor Nduka Otiono Award for the Best School in Poetry, The Dr. Celestine Iwendi Award for the Best School in Debating, The Derry Nwaduba Foundation Award for the Best School in Drama, The Global Lives Touching Foundation Award for the Best School in Talent Display and The Comrade Cyril Ohai Award for the Best Debating Student.
There would be other individual awards and recognitions for outstanding students in various competition categories.
The President of Aweleka Social Club of Nigeria, Tony Mordi, explained that the competition was a step further in the Club’s strategic contributions to the educational system in the town.
“The club will continue to engage in such activities that will encourage our young ones to embrace education and focus on their studies,” Mordi said.
Accepting the naming of the poetry prize in his honour, professor of African Studies at Carleton University, Canada, Prof. Nduka Otiono, praised the foresight of the organisers of the literary competitions and offered a brand-new laptop for the winner of the poetry prize.
Aweleka Social Club of Nigeria, founded in 2008, and Ifedinma Social Club of Nigeria, established in 1986, have a larger number of their members drawn from Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State.