On 17th      June, 2009, AfriGrowth Foundation organized the 2nd edition of the AfriGrowth National Essay competition on Mentoring in Abuja under the chairmanship of Senator Akinlabi Olusunkanmi, Honorable Minister, Federal Ministry of Youth Development at the Bayelsa State Guest House Abuja. The topic for the completion was “Mentoring a panacea for Sustainable growth and development”.

The event was well attended by representatives of different International and National Organization, Federal Ministries e.t.c. some of the guest present were:

Senator Akinlabi Olusunkanmi, Hon. Minister Youth Development

Joe Keshi, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs

R.R Ibrahim, representative of the Permanent Secretary, Civil Service Commission.

Lanre Adebayo, Director National Orientation Agency (NOA).

Blossom Ubani.

Ibukun Spiff representative from OMATEK computers.

John Salifu, representative from FIN Bank Plc.

Ayo Olukanni, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ayo Ajayeoba, Country Director, Oxfam UK

Momoh Jubril Representative from National Universities Commission.

The President of AfriGrowth Foundation, Mrs. Dayo keshi in her welcome address stated the importance of Mentoring as a key ingredient towards attaining development in Nigeria. She also pointed out the general consensus that mentoring should permeate every facet of our society.

The sponsors of the 2009 Essay Competition were Omatek Computers, Alpha Jewelries and FIN bank PlC.

The first Prize went to Miss Janet Funmilayo Faleye who won a Laptop and a cash prize of Fifty thousand naira. The Second Position was taken by Obajeun Jonah Ayodele, he won an IPod and N35,000 while the third prize went to Shedrach Ojeka Ona who won a DVD and N15,000


Essay entries were received from 26 states in spite of all the efforts that were made to reach youths in the 36 states.

With more Sponsorship, the Award ceremony would have been a bigger event.













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