OSCA WOVEN WORDS COMPETITION – WAKILAT KIKELOMO
“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.
According to Ludwig Wittgenstein, youths are individuals, strong and agile, who determine the fate of a society or nation and possess strong stamina and passions for realizing certain set goals and objectives.
The development of any society is the interplay between man and his environment. Youths share certain characteristics that distinguish them from other generations which are the propelling factors for national development.
The tenacity of Nigerian youths can be depicted as movement and special efforts gandered towards general improvement in the lives of all and sundry. We can infer that Nigerian youths are the actualities of national development and good leadership because their mindsets are now channeled in the right direction.
The youths in our society are saddled with the responsibility of promoting national unity, rendering selfless service and promoting the cultural values of the nation. Their significance towards national progress cannot be under-emphasized. In the sociocultural, political, economic terrains and other domains, they are contributing immensely and are seen vividly.
For every youth right now, there is a new trend. There is a new class. This is the era of “operation show brain.” Youths are aspiring to cause positive revolutions in the world. They are now re-branding and repackaging for global influence. Many of them have caught global visions.
Most of them are leading in the academic sector through quality education, skill acquisition, empowerment, and nurturing potentials. Knowledge and skills have become the global currency of the world.
Interestingly, Nigerian youths are now engaging in critical self-assessment to attain state of discipline and enlightenment required to retain the baton of leadership and steward it for their own good and that of the society.
Our generation of youths are finding their places of relevance in the political spectrum for societal reconstruction. We are taking up the gauntlet of personal responsibility and striding towards the direction of the bright future we desire.
The youths also form the majority who vote politicians into power starting from the campaign trails to electoral processes. It is sancrosant to note that even if the elections are to be rigged, the youths are being adopted to perpetuate such acts. And recently, these are being curbed and curtailed. Therefore the era of causing social unrest has expired. The current image of political thuggery, assassins, election riggers and prostitution are now becoming obsolete. This is the era of social reformation.
Today, owing to lack of opportunities and requisite support by the government, the arenas for the youths to showcase their talents are many and varied. In the entertainment industry most artists are under the age of 35 and most started at the age of 18. Even the media, movie industry and the fashion world have been positively transformed.
However, despite the situation of things, most youths are now entrepreneurs. They rather chose to be employers than employees. Young entrepreneurs are now celebrated, not mere entitles.
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