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Entries For 2024 Bishop Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition Open

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Bishop Okonkwo presenting a prize to a winner previously

The 19th Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition is now accepting entries from all Nigerian secondary school students between April 8 and June 15, 2024.

According to Rev. Oluwayomi Uteh, the Corporate Services Director, the topic for this year’s competition is “Nigeria’s Pathways: Diagnosis And Prescriptions.”

The 19th Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition for Secondary School Students requires an essay of no more than 2000 words, a passport photograph of the student, full name, address, contact phone number, class, school, and the name and phone number of the principal. All essays should be submitted in Word document format to essay@trem.org via email.

This year, the star winner receives N500,000.00 in cash, a trophy, and a plaque, while the school receives a desktop computer. The first runner-up receives a cash prize of N250,000.00 with a plaque, while the school receives a desktop computer. The second-place finisher receives N100,000 in cash and a plaque, while the school receives a desktop computer.

The competition is one of Dr. Mike Okonkwo’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities, with the goal of raising the standard in the country’s educational sector while also sensitising students by developing their analytical skills, allowing them to excel in their world by developing their ability to think through issues. Also, as part of the activities planned to commemorate Dr. Mike Okonkwo, Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), 79th birthday.

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Over the years, the competition has been very effective in reshaping students’ thought patterns and assisting them in developing problem-solving skills.

The Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition has been developing and rewarding Nigerian youths’ writing skills for over a decade in order to promote national development.

The winners of this year’s competition will be announced at the 23rd Mike Okonkwo Annual Lecture, which will take place at the Muson Centre (Shell Hall) on Thursday, September 5th, 2024, at 10 a.m.

 

Dr. Mike Okonkwo is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), also known as Power in the Word, which operates over 200 branches in Nigeria and around the world. He is a modern-day Apostle whose life has had an impact on millions of people. Dr. Mike Okonkwo is a father to many and a pastor to pastors all over the world. He is also a dynamic conference speaker, crusade evangelist, Nigerian national spokesman, and proponent of balanced Christianity.

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Dr. Okonkwo’s Holy Spirit-inspired insight into God’s Word is remarkably outstanding as the host of ‘Power in the Word,’ a life-changing television broadcast series that empowers people in Nigeria and around the world. He also hosts ‘Power for the Wise,’ a radio devotional programme that transforms lives on a daily basis. He is also an author whose books have transformed the lives of those who have had the opportunity to read them.

 

Dr. Mike Okonkwo has multiple doctorates and honorary degrees. He is the Convener of the Communion of Covenant Ministers International (CCMI), a Pastors’ gathering that provides Fellowship, Spiritual Covering, Mentoring, Strengthening, and Networking through conferences, seminars, and other interactive sessions. He serves on the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria’s National Advisory Council (NAC).

 

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He is a man driven by a desire to demonstrate God’s love for humanity in whatever way the Lord allows. This passion gave rise to the Empowerment for the Less Privileged Foundation, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to alleviating the plight of society’s less privileged through donations to hospitals, the establishment of free vocational training centres, the operation of free preparatory schools for secondary school students, and the facilitation of regular public enlightenment campaigns on health issues, among other activities. He also established a scholarship fund for gifted students. His strong faith and confidence in women and their potential earned him a spot on the board of Trustees of the Women of Global Impact (WGI), a non-governmental organisation that puts smiles on the faces of women by providing shelter to the homeless and organising free medical fairs for both men and women across the country, among other things.

In order to fulfil his contribution to national development, he established the Mike Okonkwo Annual Lecture in 2000. The lecture has grown to be a significant contributor to government policies because it brings together experienced men and women to discuss pressing national issues. The Mike Okonkwo Essay Competition was also established to encourage secondary school students’ writing skills and to assist them in becoming solution providers for the nation. Today, the essay topic serves as the annual lecture topic.

In 2012, the Federal Government bestowed upon him the National Honour of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR).

 

Bishop Mike Okonkwo is married to Bishop Peace Okonkwo, and they have a daughter named Uche.

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ECOWAS Parliamentarians Visit BUK As Management Eulogises Senator Barau

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Ibraḥima, ECOWAS Parliamentarian Speaker

The management of Bayero University Kano (BUK) welcomed members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament to the institution’s new campus on Thursday.

The parliamentarians’ visit to the university was one of the activities planned for the Second Extraordinary Session of the Sixth Legislature of the Parliament, which is being held in Kano.

Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, the university’s Vice Chancellor, and other institution officials welcomed the parliamentarians at the Abubakar Rasheed Senate Building.

During the visit, Professor Abbas thanked the parliamentarians, saying, “This is the first time that we will be receiving the entire ECOWAS Parliament.”

Senator Barau was described as a politician par excellence, and he listed the lawmaker’s numerous interventions at the university, adding that he has made significant contributions to the institution’s development.

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“He has made enormous contributions to the development of BUK. He is an excellent politician. To my knowledge, he has had a positive impact on the lives of those he represents. Aside from paying for students’ school fees, he has brought projects to the school,” he stated.

He listed several projects, including a four-story building, over 20 kilometres of road, streetlights, and a laboratory.

He urged parliamentarians to facilitate subregional university collaboration in addressing the member states’ developmental challenges.

“We need political intervention to collaborate with other universities in the subregion on research for member state development,” he said.

Senator Barau Jibrin, the First Deputy Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament and Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, explained that the ECOWAS Parliament’s second extraordinary session was held in Kano to bring the assembly closer to the people.

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“The parliament of West Africa is now in Kano and at BUK because the institution is important not only to Kano but to the entire country,” he stated.

He described education as the bedrock of society, claiming that any society without a strong educational system is doomed.

Senator Barau, while commending the university’s management for the institution’s transformation, stated that the ECOWAS Parliament will assist the university in addressing some of its challenges.

Billay Tunkara, the Fourth Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, praised Senator Barau and thanked the university for bestowing an honorary doctorate on the Senate’s Deputy President recently.

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ECOWAS Parliamentarians Visit Kano Schools, Barau Donates Buses, Uniforms To 856 Students

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Members of the Sixth Legislature of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament paid sensitization visits to two schools in Kano State on Wednesday as part of activities planned for the regional legislative arm’s Second Extraordinary Session, which is taking place in the North West Nigeria town.

Senator Barau Jibrin, a prominent son of Kano State, led the delegation to Aliyu Saidu Bebeji Government Arabic Secondary School and Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria.

The second extraordinary session of the parliament in the ancient town is being attended by parliamentarians from 12 countries, including Nigeria, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and the Republic of Togo.

The parliamentarians were greeted by jubilant crowds who were delighted that the town was hosting the historic meeting and that their son had touched their lives through impactful projects.

Senator Barau explained the importance of ECOWAS in subregional integration at the secondary school, stating that they are there to bring Parliament closer to the people and to allow students to benefit from their wealth of experience.

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He stated: “We are here today to inform the members of the ECOWAS Parliament about our educational system and to meet our students, as well as for you, the students, to learn more about the ECOWAS Parliament.

“This school is similar to my school. I am a member of this community. In 1999, I was the first member of the House of Representatives from this federal constituency (Tarauni).

“As a result, I am donating uniforms to all of the school’s students, one set per student. I will send tailors to take your measurements for the new uniform. I will also provide a new Sharon vehicle for the school and N1 million to the teachers.”

Similarly, another member of Parliament, Paschal Agbodike, who represents Anambra State’s Ihiala Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, donated N1 million to the school.

Earlier, Umar Doguwa, the state commissioner of education, thanked the parliamentarians for their visit, calling it the first in history.

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Represented by the Ministry’s Director of Schools, Alhaji Abbas Abdullahi, the commissioner praised Senator Barau for bringing the ECOWAS delegation to Kano, stating that it would benefit the entire state.

The school’s principal, Yusuf Atiku, stated: “I am not surprised by what Senator Barau did to us because of his generosity. That is why he is known as Maliya.

“We appreciate your kind gesture and support for us. We will never forget what you did to us. We appreciate you and the entire ECOWAS Parliament.”

At MAAUN, lawmakers spoke with students about the importance of ECOWAS.

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TEDA School Celebrates 19 Students Who Excelled In 2024 JAMB Examination, Had Best Result In 2020 WASCE

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The 19 students

Nineteen students from TEDA School in rural Eke-Owerri, Obingwa Local Government, Abia State, scored between 250 and 345 points on the 2024 JAMB examination. Their results confirmed the school’s top-tier profile in the Nigerian school community.

TEDA has a consistent track record of academic success. In 2023, TEDA represented Nigeria at the 55th International Chemistry Olympiad held in Switzerland.  Grandville Chukure, who scored 345 in the 2024 JAMB, represented TEDA and Nigeria in that contest.

Furthermore, TEDA students were the only Abia State representatives in the finals of the International Olympiad Competition in Senior Chemistry and Maths.

Furthermore, TEDA students finished first, second, and fourth place in the 2022/2023 secondary school Junior Science competition. This comes after TEDA was named the Best School in Junior Science in 2020/2021, finishing first, second, fourth, fifth, eighth, and ninth in the competition. That year, their student won the award for Best Boy in Junior Chemistry.

The Abia State Ministry of Education named TEDA the Best Government-Approved Private Junior Secondary School and the Second-Best Government-Approved Senior Secondary School for the academic year 2021/22.

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In response, TEDA founder Dr. Godson Dinneya congratulated the students and their tutors in their outstanding JAMB results. He stated that the school would continue to invest in creating an enabling environment in order to achieve consistently outstanding results.

The school has recently invested in a 1000-seat auditorium with platforms for artistic productions, laboratories for all science and technical subjects, and workshops for mechanical, electrical/electronics, and woodwork.

Dinneya stated, “We began with a vision of comprehensive and holistic education and will continue to do so.” We provide comprehensive education for the entire man. Students work hard at their studies and extracurricular activities, and those seeds produce good results in external examinations while preparing them for the

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