Soyinka: 90 Essay Finalists Emerge

July 8, 2024

Organisers of ‘Soyinka at 90’ birthday essay competition, Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange (WSICE), have announced 90 finalists of the competition for Senior Secondary School pupils.

They wrote on the lives of an irrepressible patriot, humanist and rights activist, demonstrating writing prowess, creativity, and insightful perspectives.

A statement by the organisers said the essays stood out, reflecting their dedication to scholarly inquiry and intellectual engagement.

The selection process, it said, was rigorous.

“These judges evaluated each submission based on originality, coherence, depth of analysis, and relevance to the theme. While finalists have distinguished themselves, examination of the essays continues to determine the top three entries.
‘‘Each essay not only showcases individual talent but also contributes to broader discourse on the theme. Their perspectives offer insights and thought-provoking arguments that are to resonate with readers and inspire further dialogue,” it added.

Continuing, it said: “Their commitment to academic excellence and ability to articulate complex ideas are commendable. Through their essays, they embody the spirit of WSICE’s mission to foster intellectual growth and promote cultural exchange.”