Abdulrasheed Akere reports,
Three PEN PRESS journalists, Adamu Yahuza, a 300-Level student of the Plant Science department, Ibrahim Shehu, a 200-Level student of Political Science, and Yahaya Sherifdeen, a 400-Level student of Plant Biology at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS), have won the harmony writing contest organised by the National Association of Kwara State Students (NAKSS), (UDUS) chapter. The Chairman of the panel of judges, Abdulwaheed Sofiullahi, announced the three winners at the annual festival of the union on Monday, January 02, 2023, at the ETF 3 lecture hall.
In early December, NAKSS, UDUS, under the leadership of the association’s president, Senator Kolawole Abdulqudus known as ‘Liberty’ called on all Kwara state students in UDUS to write on the topic ‘of plagiarism and academic honesty’ and the submission closed on December 27, 2022.
The Chairman of the panel of judges said that all the entries submitted were outstanding, but three winners were to be selected: the winner, the first runner-up, and the second runner-up. Adamu Yahuza emerged as the winner of the contest while Ibrahim Sheu Olaoti and Yahya Sheriffdeen bagged the first runner-up and second runner-up respectively.
The winner went home with N15,000 cash prize while the chairman of the panel of judges also honoured him with N5,000 while the first runner-up and second runner-up went home with N10,000 and N5,000 cash prizes respectively.
In an interview with the overall winner, Adamu Yahuza said that he is grateful to God for emerging as the winner of the contest, adding that he is happy to begin this new year with an award. He appreciated the organisers for the opportunity given to them.
Ibrahim Sheu thanked God for the award, stating that it is not by his power or knowledge but the will of Almighty Allah. He added by appreciating his editors, family, friends and the organising committee for the legacy laid for others to follow.
Yahyah Sheriffdeen expressed his gladness for being among the three winners, noting that giving it a shot yielded a positive result and it is like a motivation for him to do more.
“Writing for this kind of contest is not about the award or the cash prize attached to it, it’s just about testing one’s prowess and writing style to know if one is still unique and in line with the correct trend,” she said.
PEN PRESS Editor-in-chief reacts
Abdulrasheed Hammad, the Editor-in-chief of PEN PRESS expressed his gladness over the feat achieved by the three winners from Pen Press, adding that it is a prestige for Pen Press to produce all three winners out of five press boards on campus.
“It is a testament to the quality work that we are doing on campus to make sure that we train our members to produce quality journalistic pieces that will be of great impact to the university community and Nigeria at large and to also improve their writing skills,” he added.
He also congratulated the winners and the finalists and encouraged other pen members to always take part in this kind of writing contest.
Abdulrasheed Akere is a student of (Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto UDUS), he can be reached via email@example.com