Girl, 14 Wins Essay Competition

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Miss Ngozi Ogudu, an SS1 student of Shining Lord’s College, Ebute Metta, Lagos, Nigeria,  who alongside her colleague were declared best students in Computer Studies for cloning a  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 competition  organised by the African Foundation for Peace and Love Initiative in collaboration with  the Lagos State Ministry of Education to mark the 2010 International Day of Peace at the  Eko FM Remix Hall, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos.

“Before the grand finale, over 500 students submitted their essays out of which about 60  of us were invited to the final. That day, we were given a paper and a pen to re-write  the essays we had earlier submitted. They used that to confirm if we were the ones that  actually wrote the previous ones.

“We were asked to write on the topic Religious Crisis in Nigeria: Reasons and Solution.  Two of the reason I gave are religious intolerance and marginarisation.

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“For us to have a lasting solution to this crisis, there should be regular dialogue among  all the religious leaders. They need to always come together and discuss on the issue of  peace in Nigeria.

“Also, as religious leaders, they must all preach against violence, moreso, when we  proclaim to serve one God,” she concluded.

Ngozi was given a brand new laptop by the organisers for writing the best essay in the  competition.

In a chat with P.M.NEWS, Mr. Abiamuwa Akaduchieme, the proprietor of the school said the  feat achieved by Ngozi has further posed a challenge that the school must not relent in  its efforts to groom responsible and credible future leaders for the country.