FOUNDER of MyRainbowBooks Limited, Mrs. Isang Awah has announced that the award ceremony for the winners and finalists of the 2016 MyRainbowBooks National Creative Writing Contest for Children will be held on April 27. According to a press statement sent to Nigerian Pilot, the event scheduled to hold at The Merit House, Abuja will in addition to the many fabulous gifts and certificates that will be given to deserving students and schools, will also feature quiz session where students can instantly win lovely prizes. MyRainbowBooks National Creative Writing Contest is an annual, free-to- enter, competition open to children aged five to sixteen years who are either of Nigerian origin or resident in Nigeria. Individuals may enter either a poem or short story while Primary and Secondary Schools can each make a group entry of not more than 20 different writings comprising either poems or short stories or a combination of both. An event the organizers promises to be very exciting, inspiring and educative will have in attendance many distinguished guests including key stakeholders in the education sector. “Her Excellency, Mrs. Hadiza El-Rufai, wife of the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, who was on the team of judges for the 2016 contest, will be the Special Guest of Honour at the award ceremony. School owners, representatives of schools, winners and finalists of the contest, as well as their parents and friends, will also be in attendance. “Just as the previous editions of the contest, the 2016 contest had many entries from children, public and private schools from many of the States spanning the entire country. Naturally, the winners and finalists of the contest are also from different States across the country.” The statement noted that Awards will also be given to the schools that excelled in the contest. Also, there will be a public presentation of the 2017 MyRainbowBooks’ Children’s Collection which features the best stories and poems from the 2016 contest. Mrs. Awah, stated that the contest is organized to help develop children’s creative thinking and writing skills, and to inspire them to read more, write more, and dare to attempt great things. She also added that the company regularly published the best entries in each round of contest in order to encourage the children, expose budding writers, and challenge them, and indeed all Nigerian children, to continue to hone their writing skills. “It is our way of giving back to the society. We believe that by publishing these entries, we are creating a platform for young talented writers to be seen and discovered, and we hope that seeing their stories and poems in print will motivate the children, and other children, too, to work harder and keep writing.” Mrs. Awah said The team of judges for the 2016 contest included notable persons such as Her Excellency, Hajia Hadiza El-Rufai, award- winning author Chigozie Obioma, C. C. Adetula and Nard Choi.


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