PRESS STATEMENT: PRESENTATION OF PRIZES FOR THE DAYO KESHI LITERACY PRIZE FOR STORYTELLING

PRESS STATEMENT: PRESENTATION OF PRIZES FOR THE DAYO KESHI LITERACY PRIZE FOR STORYTELLING

AfriGrowth Foundation successfully organized the maiden edition of the Dayo Keshi Literacy Prize for Children Storytelling. As part of its Library Literacy Program, through which the Foundation has established 41 Libraries in public primary schools located in underserved communities in Nigeria; donated over 80,000 story and impacted the lives of over 45,000 pupils, the Foundation annually organized series of annual reading competitions in order to assess the reading skills of school children and overall impact of the Program.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic with the schools temporary closed and children at home, AfriGrowth Foundation decided to organize the Dayo Keshi Literacy Prize for Children Storytelling in order to engage school children in the act and art of reading at home. AfriGrowth Foundation believes that storytelling is one of the most effective ways of developing literacy and encouraging reading and writing. School children, aged 8-10 years and resident in Nigeria were invited to develop a short story, which they will tell or read in a captured video for duration of 3-5 minutes. Entries were submitted from August 1, 2020 to August 22, 2020. The panel of judges, which included: Prof Mabel Evwierhoma, Mrs. Chioma Osuji, Mrs. Maryam Aliko and Mr. Christopher Nwani assessed the one hundred and nineteen (119) entries that were submitted via the online portal.

Finally on Monday September 21, 2020, Mrs. Dayo Keshi, President and Founder of AfriGrowth Foundation formally announced the top ten winners and presented prizes to the children in the top three positions. The award ceremony, which took place in the office of AfriGrowth Foundation at Mabushi, had in attendance the top three best contestants and their families. Ifeanyichukwu Alum from Rosa Mystic Academy came first, Elijah Dayisi from Local Education Authority Primary School, Azahayapi came second and Joan Ogeh from Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Model School came third. All three top contestants received prizes of school bags, storybooks, exercise books and hampers of provisions. The first also received a cash prize of N25, 000.00 with the second and third receiving cash prizes of N15, 000.00 and third N10, 000.00 respectively.

In the course of the presentation of prizes, Mrs. Dayo Keshi, President, AfriGrowth Foundation congratulated all the children that participated in the maiden edition of the competition. She said that the submitted videos were indeed informative, impressive and phenomenal and asserted that choosing the top ten winners wasn’t an easy task for the judges. She encouraged the children to always strive to bring out the best in themselves. She said they should continue to read, build their knowledge and work towards coming on top. She also stated that the children should look beyond the prizes and recognition they received; as the competition transcended just award of prizes, but more importantly, the lessons learnt and exceptional efforts made.

Mrs. Dayo Keshi congratulated the parents for their guidance and dedication. All parents praised and affirmed AfriGrowth Foundation for organizing the competition, which added positive values to the lives of the children. One of the parents, Mrs. Ogeh said that the competition assisted her to discover her daughter’s talent for writing stories. Another parent, Mrs. Dayisi said that her son’s self-confidence and love for reading has been enhanced. Mr. Alum, father of the winner appreciated the AfriGrowth Foundation and said parents should invest in their children. He said that the Foundation should continue to improve the literacy of children and organize similar competitions in the future. Mrs. Dayo Keshi encouraged all children to continue to grow in the art and act of reading.

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