Eleven secondary school students cart home prizes, awards and cash ranging between N150,000 and N10,000 at the 3rd South Africa Airways Essay competition (SAAEC 2022) held in Lagos.
Miss Ngwaogu Ifeoluwa Ugochi of Abesan Senior High School, Ipaja, clinched the first position with Master Aladetohun Kamimayo Enoch of St. Finbarr’s College, Akoka, emerged second followed by Miss Oshimade Abisola Promise of Abiolu Comprehensive College, Igando coming third.
The 2022 essay topic “Protecting Children from Illicit Drugs and Sexual Abuse.” according to the Manager Africa Market, South African Airways, Mr. Ohis Ehimiaghe was an indication that the airline is passionate about children and takes a lot of pride in addressing issues that affect them considering that they are the future of any nation.
The competition gained greater awareness and attracted a total of 308 entries from Secondary Schools in Lagos and Ogun States representing a total 46 schools comprising a mix of students from Public, Private and Missionary Schools.
Out of the total number of entries assessed by an Independent Panel of Assessors drawn from a wide spectrum of the Aviation, Educational and Media sectors, 11 top finalists were selected with total written scores ranging from 98% to 85%.
The Country Manager, Mrs. Kemi Leke-Bamtefa noted that the competition is part of the airline’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) initiatives as well as working with and supporting orphanages around the country among others.
She also expressed delight at the blend of students from public, private and missionary schools who took part in the contest and spoke excellent and delivered eloquent presentations.
“At South African Airways, we are looking for the positive side; we are enhancing, we are promoting the potential of Nigeria and building greater on the excellent relationship shared between Nigeria and South Africa.