Students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), and University of Nigeria (UNN) have won the Chevening Alumni Association of Nigeria (CAAN) essay competition.


Organisers of the essay competition, which is backed by the British High Commission (BHC) Chevening Alumni Programme Fund (CAPF), announced the three students as winners out of a total of nine finalists selected.

The order in which the nine finalists emerged is Samson Ayobami Omoyemi of UNILAG, Folaranmi Oluwanifemi Wande of OAU, Chidubem Okwo of the UNN, and Olusegun James Ogunwole of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU).

Others are Victoria Jonah of the University of Calabar (UNICAL), Omolara Oluwaseun of the Ekiti State University, Florence Nnake David of the University of Calabar, and Temitayo Fajobi of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN).


The ninth candidate enlisted is Wisdom Nnadozie Onwunmetu of the Alex Ekwueme University in Ebonyi state.

The first will be declared the winner while the second and third will be runner-ups. The prizes for the first, second and third winners are a laptop, tablet, and smartphone respectively, although others will receive consolation prizes.

Prizes will be given in an Abuja event to be hosted by Catriona Laing, British high commissioner to Nigeria, on February 25.


The finalists emerged from about 1,333 entries vetted over a month by a panel of experts like professors, and professionals from amongst the Chevening scholars, aside from senior officials from the BHC.

The entries were subjected to credit referencing checks, apart from the use of a rubric, based on the theme, focus, style, and grammar. This enabled a pruning from the initial 1,333 to 500, and from 250 to 65 before the final nine.

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