OSCA WOVEN WORDS COMPETITION – MOSES SEGUN KAYODE
“Imagination gives birth to things unknown but the writer’s pen turns them into shapes and gives to them living breaths.”
The 2018 OSCA WOVEN WORDS COMPETITION was organized by My Woven Words and it was only for undergraduates of tertiary institutions in Osun State as approved by the ministry of education, Osun state. There were Terms and Conditions for contestants.
OSCA Woven Words Competition remains the “first-of-its-kind” and “one-of-its-kind” in Osun state, Nigeria. To avoid Conflicts of Interest, we reached out to a number of unbiased scholars in a university outside Osun State to assess the submitted manuscripts and select the best contestants. All the contestant got a certificate of participation and some of the submitted manuscripts were selected for online publication.
TOPIC: The Tenacity of Nigerian Youths in National Development and Leadership Roles.
How would have developed countries been if their youths are not being given the needed platform to freely express themselves. Countries that are been ruled by the youth.
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The Tenacity of Nigeria youth in National Development and Leadership Roles cannot be emphasized as country that develop and utilize their youth in the appropriate directions seems to be more developed. The late British politician and writer, Benjamin Disraeli, rightly said “The youth of a nation as the trustees of posterity”. It is in the reality of this that many countries have made concerted efforts in galvanizing integrated approach in putting in place youth development structures that have a very high inclination to be catalyst for their national growth. In 2007 edition of international youth day which was themed: “YOUTH BUILDING PEACE” was aimed at stressing the principal role anticipated of the youth in global peaceful coexistence among the people and the drive for positive change for development through the transformative and resourceful force of the youths which has been identified by national leaders globally including Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari.
The greatest challenge confronting Nigeria Youth today is unemployment which has become a great challenge to national security. Despite alleged success of various youth empowerment Programs across Nigeria, Over 55.5% of Nigeria youths remains unemployed. The activities of Boko-haram, Niger Delta Militants, Biafra agitators and the Baddo group have serious implications for national security in the country. Sadly some of these rebellious groups have youths at the forefront of their nefarious activities. In Nigeria, the youth almost do not have a voice in the scheme of things. Unemployment, lack of opportunities, faculty educational system, repressive political systems and dwindling economic fortunes are mostly responsible for the suppression of the voice of the youth in our dear nation. “The Agriculture and Information Communication” ICT sectors especially represent areas where the youth could truly make enormous impact in Nigeria, if only they could become forward-looking. The trend of rural/urban migration by Nigeria youth has reduced the capacity to create employment for over 70% of the youth. Most of the youth idleaway in cities rather than getting engaged in Agriculture at the country side. Similarly, advancement in ICT presents numerous prospects for the youths to become creative, productive and prosperous. Unfortunately, rather than exploit the positive and resourceful side of the ICT, some youths have turned it into a tool of defrauding and tricking the unassuming individuals through the infamous “Yahoo Yahoo Syndrome”.
Finally, the government, NGOs, Youths based organizations and other relevant stakeholders need to regularly enlighten and properly marshal the country’s to imbibe the positive sides of life. Also, our education curriculum should be reviewed to reflect contemporary realities that would assist the youth to contribute meaningfully to national development.
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