First Bank Essay, Quiz Contests Winners Emerge0
A final year medical student of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Mr. Olabode Kolade and Master Onuchukwu Madubuchukwu of Jephtha Comprehensive Secondary School, Port-Harcourt have emerged winners of this year’s First Bank Annual Undergraduate Essay and Senior Secondary Quiz Competitions.
At an awards ceremony held at the Lagoon Restaurant, Lagos, last Thursday, Kolade was presented the sum of N250, 000 and an automatic job employment with the bank on graduation. Kolade, a native of Ijebu-Igbo described the competition as an eye opener, considering his medical background. “This competition for me was an opportunity to learn about the MDGs. Before now I knew nothing about the goals, thanks to First Bank for giving me the opportunity to do so. They have indeed added colour to my destiny. They are truly the first. Now I can give a talk on the MDGs, if I am asked to do so.”
He said getting himself to write the essay was one of the greatest challenges he has had to grapple with. “It was not easy for me to make up my mind to write the essay, considering the large number of people that usually participate. I thought my efforts would be a waste. But thanks to Almighty God and some of my colleagues who urged me on. I wouldn’t have made this attempt in the first place. I really thank them.”
He dedicated the award to Chief Tai Solarin, the founder of his alma mater, Mayflower Secondary School, Ikenne, whom he said nurtured and instilled the spirit of self reliance and belief in him. Asked if he would accept the job offer, considering his discipline, Medicine and Surgery, the first of three children said, “That is a thought for tomorrow.”
In appreciation of First Bank, Kolade said he would set up a Foundation in future, to help the less privileged in the society. A Third Year Law student of the University of Lagos, Mr.Opeoluwa Osinubi came second and went home with the sum of N150,000. The 19-year old also thanked the bank saying, “First Bank is empowering the youths of this country, through this annual competition. From what I have discovered in the cause of writing this essay, it would be a dream come true, if the MDGs are realized.” He added that the banks control what it takes to realise the goals.
The third place winner, Mr. Adesola Babatunde, a graduate of Architecture from the Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, who is currently undergoing his postgraduate studies, said First bank, through the competition was identifying the enormous potentials in the Nigerian youths, “this is an expression of First Bank’s confidence in the Nigerian youth”, he said. He thanked God for been one of the best three: “I see this as a favour from God, and I really appreciate Him for this. If this opportunity were to re-present itself I may probably not be among the first 10.” He won the cash sum of N 100,000. First Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jacobs Ajekigbe said both Osinubi and Babatunde wo ld also enjoy the automatic job offer, subject to meeting theemployment criteria of the bank. Others in the category, from fourth to tenth positions, went home with the sum of N50, 000 each.
Over the years, the bank has organised the annual essay competition to stimulate intellectual discourse among students and prepare them for the challenges of the future. While the quiz is of a general nature, the essay competition is designed to seek possible solutions to pertinent national issues. The topic of this year’s essay competition was ‘Harnessing the Potential of Nigerian Banks for Meeting the Millennium Development Goals’.
Culled from: This Day Newspaper (24 Feb 2008)