The first Goal Nigeria and University of Sussex #WritingGamesNG Gold Medal prize has a winner. Oladele Oluwasogo Dare, a serving National Youth Service Corps personnel based in Anambra State sent in the winning entry.
His 735-word essay relate Nigeria’s victory in the men’s football competition at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996 also having in it a mix of sport history, national politics and leadership.
By this, Mr Oladele has won for himself an all-expenses paid trip to the Writivism 2016 Festival in Kampala, Uganda, which holds from August 22-28, 2016.
In the Silver Medal position is Ezike Ekene Cornelius, an NYSC personnel who is currently serving in Osun State. In his essay, Mr. Ezike celebrated the feat of the victorious Olympic team and how their story could help Nigeria achieve it boundless potential.
While the Bronze Medal was won by an NYSC personnel, Olumodeji Gabriel Shola, based in Anambra State. His essay, “The Morning After”, explored sport’s ability to inspire and expand social networks as well as its ability to bring peace to Nigeria’s troubled regions.
The winners as well as the top 10 finalists will be celebrated at an awards ceremony that will take place in Lagos next month.
Goal Nigeria and the University of Sussex will publish the finalist entries in an e-book that will be downloadable online as a commemorative collection of essays in honor of the heroes of Atlanta ’96.