“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.
Below is the write up submitted by the winner of OSCA WOVEN WORDS COMPETITION Mercy Oluwaseun, a student of the department of Medicine and Surgery, Bowen University Iwo.
PRIZE: N50,000 Cash Prize and a Certificate Award
TOPIC: The Tenacity of Nigerian Youths in National Development and Leadership Roles.
We once had a blossoming nation
Turned into a corrupted collaboration
Leaders claiming to be nation builders
All liars! They were nation destroyers
Oh! Tenacious youths, our future feels the sting…
They lured youthful minds with drugs
Turning them into potential political thugs
Set our future on the line leaving us in pain
All for excessive fame and selfish gains
Oh! Tenacious youths feel the bitterness of the greed!
They forgot fame is a fragrance of heroic deeds
Of flowers of chivalry and not even of weeds
Inexperience they claimed would lead us the wrong way
Having actually done a better job at leading us astray
Oh! Tenacious youths feel the tyranny!
Minds chronically infested with low morality
Feigning derision for fear of our tenacity
Agile youths full of energy, strength and vigor
Fighting for nation reformation with much rigor
Oh! Tenacious youths press to win this war!
We were once ruler and shakers of the world of sports
Winning so many medals with our nations support
The nation talked happily about our achievements all day
The future would be bright was what they would say
Oh! Tenacious youths how beautiful it could have been!
In the world of music we were always engaged
Our talents with much energy we always displayed
With so much passion we put smiles on thousands with our entertainment
Tourism at its peak because the world was amazed by our enchantment
Oh! Tenacious youths having so much beauty within!
With the strength and vision of an eagle
Tenacity driving us to end this struggle
Recognizing that our nation is so momentous
Filled with youths all so smart and ingenious
Oh! Tenacious youths fight for your pride!
Youths are building blocks of every nation
We will work hard to get adequate information
We would not be rulers without information
Ruling a nation without a sense of direction
Oh! Tenacious youths proving your worth!
Lack of financial ability may be our vulnerability
But we would live our dreams in oneness and unity
Just as the sun smiles on without displeasure
So will the moon shine brightly on our future
Oh! Tenacious youths there is hope on the horizon!
Tenacity sometimes causes the desired change not innovation
And this we have, we will give with so much determination
We will keep fighting recurrent brain drain
Bringing our folks home, thus brain gain
Oh! Tenacious youths behold development for the Nation!
An end we will bring to dichotomy between the rich and the poor
Achieving this by channeling ideas and potentials to open greatness door
We would not be overwhelmed by challenges we face
Holding on with determination for it is a passing phase
Oh! Tenacious youths victory will be ours!
Our unity is in our number, in number we are strengthened
Our strength is in our resolve to bring a change so desired
Wars may be waged and storms be raged
But our tenacity will remain unchanged!
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