28th September, 2010
Miss Ngozi Ogudu, an SS1 student of Shining Lordâ€™s College, Ebute Metta, Lagos, Nigeria,Â who alongside her colleague were declared best students in Computer Studies for cloning aÂ Pentium IV computer at a Lagos College Fair held in 2009, has attained another feat.
The 14-year-old student recently participated in the grand finale of an essay competitionÂ organised by the African Foundation for Peace and Love Initiative in collaboration withÂ the Lagos State Ministry of Education to mark the 2010 International Day of Peace at theÂ Eko FM Remix Hall, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos.
â€œBefore the grand finale, over 500 students submitted their essays out of which about 60Â of us were invited to the final. That day, we were given a paper and a pen to re-writeÂ the essays we had earlier submitted. They used that to confirm if we were the ones thatÂ actually wrote the previous ones.
â€œWe were asked to write on the topic Religious Crisis in Nigeria: Reasons and Solution.Â Two of the reason I gave are religious intolerance and marginarisation.
â€œFor us to have a lasting solution to this crisis, there should be regular dialogue amongÂ all the religious leaders. They need to always come together and discuss on the issue ofÂ peace in Nigeria.
â€œAlso, as religious leaders, they must all preach against violence, moreso, when weÂ proclaim to serve one God,â€ she concluded.
Ngozi was given a brand new laptop by the organisers for writing the best essay in theÂ competition.
In a chat with P.M.NEWS, Mr. Abiamuwa Akaduchieme, the proprietor of the school said theÂ feat achieved by Ngozi has further posed a challenge that the school must not relent inÂ its efforts to groom responsible and credible future leaders for the country.