A JSS 3 student from Beulah International School, Akwa Ibom, Kentimfon Ndanyongmong, has emerged as the winner of the 2023 Heirs Life Essay Championship.
The 14-year-old won the grand prize of N2 million Naira in scholarship grant, with his school, Beulah International School, Akwa Ibom, where he will receive N500,000 worth of books and educational materials.
Samuel John of Knightdale Middle College, Lagos, and Ameenah Jimeta, Prime College, Kano, who emerged as the first and second runners-up, received N150,000 and N100,000 respectively.
In its second year, the competition, organised by Heirs Life Assurance (HLA), attracted national interest and participation with over 5,000 entries submitted.
Participants of the 2023 Heirs Life Essay Championship were tasked with writing a 500-word essay on the topic, ‘My Dream Career,’ and the organisation had a committee of specialists led by a Professor of English Language assess and grade all entries.
They also conducted interviews alongside the grading committee with shortlisted participants to ascertain the originality of the submissions.
Speaking on the impact and importance of the essay championship, MD/CEO of Heirs Life Assurance Limited, Niyi Onifade, said: “At Heirs Life and across Heirs Insurance Group, we believe in securing more than just finances.
This Essay Championship is a testament to our commitment to nurturing the intellectual and creative capacities of our nation’s youth. This competition is not just about words on paper, but about inspiring the next generation to shape a brighter future.”
Heirs Life Essay Championship is an initiative of Heirs Life Assurance, a member of Heirs Insurance Group which is the insurance arm of Heirs Holdings. Founded and led by Tony Elumelu, Heirs Holdings is the leading pan-African investment company, with investments across 24 countries and four continents.