It’s at that time of the year again where Teecoks writing competition for secondary school students occurs. It’s a writing competition organised by Towunmi Coker Literary Initiative, founded by Dr.Towunmi Coker. The desire is to promote reading and writing culture among students. The aim is to inspire, develop, promote and support students in Nigerian Secondary Schools who have flair for writing and generally impact its environment through literature.
It is driven towards promoting our own culture, reading and writing culture in our environment. The initiative began with Teecoks writing competition among secondary school students in Lagos State in 2013 which aims at improving the writing skills of the younger generation of Nigerians, exposure to technology which can further improve them to modern skills of writing and introduce them to the world as young writers.
The desire for this came from her own courage to continue to write after winning ANA/NECO (Association of Nigerian Authors/National Examination Council) 2007 as a secondary school student. Therefore, she wanted other students who love to write, not to stop writing but develop their gift, talent and flair for writing.
This fifth edition just like every edition of Towunmi Coker Literary Initiative writing competition promises to be exciting. There is a fiction writing competition and a poetry competition with a theme on ‘Flipping the scripts: An Unemployment story’ Participants are to submit a creative work of fiction with a story directed on Turning the tide of unemployment in not more than 1000 words and poetry in not more than 30lines. Multiple entries are not allowed. Entries are expected from September as schools resume with a deadline on Friday 10th November 2017. Schools that would be willing to participate but don’t get a letter from TCLI can contact them through their website, phone numbers and social media platforms. All winners qualify for a writing masterclass from sparklewriters. YetundeSarumi Collection; an African inspired fashion clothing is also supporting this writing competition encouraging students that they can be whoever they want to be. Emphasising the importance of an education while pursing your passion and letting students know both is possible. YS and TCLI earlier in the year organised entrepreneurship seminars for schools were a good number of students got empowered.
Check out the amazing prizes to be won!
1st Prize – Cash prize + a Tablet, five Nigerian novels, T-shirts, Hoody Jacket, biros, school pack etc
2nd Prize – A Tablet, four Nigerian novels, T-shirts, Hoody Jacket, biros, cup, a school pack etc
3rd Prize – A Tablet, Three Nigerian novels,T-shirts, Hoody Jacket, biros, cup, a school pack etc
4th-10th Prizes – Two Nigerian novels, Hoody Jacket, T-shirts, biros, cup, school pack etc
1st Prize- A Tablet, Nigerian Novels, T-shirt, Hoody/Sweat Jacket, Biros, School pack, etc
2nd – 5th – Nigerian Novels, T-shirt, Sweat/Hoody Jacket, Biros, School pack, etc
The school that produces the first prize winner will be presented with a Printer and other prizes
All participating schools also get certificates
It is an interesting competition, so if you love to write and you are a secondary school student, inform your schools and send your entries. Schools interested should also feel free to participate. Every participating school also gets something.
We’ve had a diversity of winners over the years and we love that so many young people love to write and are even interested in receiving more this year. All secondary schools in Lagos qualify.
We’ll like to emphasize that this is a creative writing story and so plagiarised works are illegal. All submitted entries have to be pure works of the students.
We are empowering with fingers. We are promoting reading and writing culture among youths.
These are the names of Past First Prize Winners:
SadikuFeyipitan Maryland Comprehensive School
EjikemeChidimma Anglican Comprehensive High School, Ipaja, Lagos
AbdulfattahNusayabah International School Lagos (ISL)
IbukunoluwaAdddy Chrisland College Idimu