Saturday, 1 April 2017

Nigerians top the chart in British Council/Commonwealth Short story writing competition.

The British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat recently ran an international short story writing competition based on theme of "Belonging" which received over three thousand entries from both school children and teachers from Commonwealth countries around the world.

Proudly, Nigerian teachers clinched 4 positions among the top ten winners. The Nigerian top ten winners are: Ngozi Razak-Soyebi who came 2nd, the 6th, 8th and 9th position went to Olamide Aluko, Peter Brown and Vera Obiakor respectively. A huge congrats to them.

The competition which was judged by both former Children's Laureate Anne Fine and the British Council's Arts department was held online and winners for the Teachers category were announced on the 12th of December, 2016. However an award ceremony for the top winners from Nigeria was held yesterday, 31st March, 2017. Winners and their representatives read passionately their highly inspiring stoies to audience at the event.

Read ms Fine's comment about the competion below:
“I valued this opportunity to read stories from so many parts of the world. Few of us realise how deeply our thoughts and attitudes are steeped in our own experience. To read about the more intimate aspects of people’s lives in countries I‘d known mostly through political reporting was not just enlightening but at times truly humbling.

“I’m of the generation that learned about the richness and variety of the Commonwealth way back in primary school. But judging this competition reminded me of its sheer strengths and wonders, as well as making me even more aware of the enormous problems so many nations within it still face.”

“Writing can leave you knowing so much more, both about yourself and about the world that surrounds you.”

Commonwealth Class is a programme by the Commonwealth Secretariat and British Council to celebrate the values of the Commonwealth, and connect schools and young people across the world on joint learning programmes.

The initiative supports the work of thousands of schools in over 30 countries to enhance teaching and learning for teachers and young people. - See more at:

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