Felix Emmanuel, a lawyer and corps member serving in Ekiti State has won the 7th edition of National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC)
Annual Essay Competition/National Symposium organized by the Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN).
He topped five other members of the NYSC, who spoke on the topic:
Empowered Youths: Drivers of Nigeria’s Socio-Economic Growth and Development as the finale of the
competition held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) in Lagos on Friday.
In this winning speech, he urged youths to look beyond government for empowerment and take their
destiny in their hands.
Segun Ekundayo, a corps member serving in Bayelsa State and Ibidadolapo Olufade, serving in Kwara
State were second and third respectively, while Sunday Ogbaga (Ebonyi State), Blessing Peter (Plateau
State) and Confidence (Benue State) were the other finalists.
Over 150 applicants submitted essays for the 2018 BSN’s NYSC Annual Essay Competition/National
Symposium, out of which the best six entries were selected to present their ideas in a debate at the
grand finale in Lagos.
Youths have to imbibe the ACE of leadership to be able to make meaningful impact, said Mrs. Mavi
Isibor, Group Chief Executive Officer, Poise Nigeria Limited, who chaired the occasion, but was
represented by Asher Adeniyi, Country Manager, Poise Nigeria.
She explained that ACE was an acronym for Attitude, Communication and Etiquettes, which are
essential for success in the workplace.
According to her, attitude is not just about what you do, but your character, while communication is
about how others hear and perceive you.
“Etiquette is the ace of the ACE. We have found out that the characters of entrepreneurs are what
youths need to succeed in the workplace,” she stressed.
The Poise Group CEO challenged youths to hold firm to qualities of problem solving and maximize their
friends’ positive traits as well as learn to achieve more with more people.
On his part, Dr. Aaron Nuhu, President and Chairman, Board of Directors, Bible Society of Nigeria noted
that NYSC is one of the best things that have ever happened in Nigeria.
He noted that the NYSC Annual Essay Competition/National Symposium organized by the BSN was part
of youth empowerment, urging them to use the Bible, which is the Book of books and bestseller of all
times, to sharpen their lives.
The BSN president tasked corps members to help sustain the NYSC Annual Essay Competition/National
Symposium by supporting it when they are financially buoyant.