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By Abideen Muhammed
Unarguably, Hijab makes females look beautiful and natural. Asides that, it is a symbol that shows academic excellence for those that could see the beauty. Recently, most of the academic excellence are awarded to Hijabite (users of Hijab). This fact was buttressed by Ozemoka Halimat Emesomi as she came second in the just concluded UBA foundation’s essay competition. In fact, the glory came in the middle of Hijab controversy following Lagos state Government approval of the use of Hijab.
Ozemoka Halimat Emesomio who came second in the just concluded UBA foundation’s essay competition wore her Hijab through out the stages even at the point of receiving her gift. With her Hijab, she demonstrated her prowess. This phenomenon also explained that Hijab covers not the brain and not meant to captive the users, in reality, Hijab means academic excellence.
Ozemoka Halimat Emesomi who is a 15 aged girl at University Preparatory Secondary School, Edo State, carted away a N1,500,000 educational grant and a laptop. She expressed her feelings while receiving the educational grant as she don her beautiful black Hijab – indeed, a smart dressing!
The essay competition, targeting senior secondary school students is organized annually as part the Foundation’s education initiative aimed at promoting reading culture, encouraging healthy and intellectual competition among secondary school students in Nigeria and across Africa.
This year’s grand finale was held on Monday, November 26, 2018 at the UBA House, Marina Lagos. She defeated other 10 finalists excluding the first position selected from over 6,000 entries received by the UBA Foundation from students of senior secondary schools across the nation with the theme: “What is the biggest environmental issue you think your generation will face? How can it be avoided and how can it be solved?”. According to the report gathered, this year’s edition saw over 500 per cent increase in participation from pupils across every single.
Premium Times reported that: The judges, led by Professor of English (Gender Studies) and Director of Pre-degree Studies, University of Uyo, Mrs. Ini Uko stated that they were impressed with the participants who showed great promise as to what to expect of the future of Nigeria, noting that most of the students wrote intelligently and their ideas were well articulated, new and refreshing.
She added that the judges were also encouraged by the fact that entries came in from students from all parts of the country.
Bola Atta, the MD/CEO of UBA Foundation while congratulating the winners commended them for their exceptional brilliance. “Every student who sent in an entry is a winner. To be confident about your writing skills and ambitious enough to enter a competition to further enhance your educational path is laudable. For those that did not win, I would say do not be discouraged. Take it as a challenge to perfect your writing skills and enter for the competition again in 2019,” she said.