The 3rd Annual Essay Competition for the Junior and Senior Secondary School Students of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) in the North-Central Regions was held on Saturday September 19, 2015 in Abuja.
The annual essay competition was organised under the auspices of Pastor Lawrence Olasehinde Youths Development Foundation (PLOYDEF).
A foundation was instituted to appreciate the enormous selfless foundational work done to foster character molding and laying of solid foundation in the upbringing up our youths and in grooming them to become good citizens and formidable soldiers of God.
Chas Nwam, the Media Assistant to the foundation said, the essay competition was held in 15 centers in MFM Regional Branches and a total of 317 students participated in the two categories of the competition.
The essay topic for the Junior Secondary School category was “Discuss how friends can influence your future life” while the Senior Secondary category wrote on the topic “Discuss the roles of parents in character development of children”.
In the Senior Secondary Schools category, the best essay was written by Akio, Moses Godpower from the School for the Gifted, Gwagwalada, Abuja. The runner up and second prize winner was Umukoro Oghenetega of Gapville Schooland while Nwambe Joshua and Osidipe Deborah tied in the 3rd position.
In the Junior Secondary Schools category, Bright Divine of Redeemer Secondary School won the first position; Tamunokuro Triumph came second, while Onyenwe Progress and Jegede Mosinmiloluwa both tied in the third position.
Asus Laptop computer, a plaque and cash prize of N30,000.00 were given to the first position in each category while Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Life T116, a plaque and a cash prize of N20,000.00 went to runners up. Demoss 3D DVD, a plaque and cash prize of N10,000.00 were awarded to the contestants who wrote the 3rd place essays.
In addition, 50 consolation prizes were awarded to good essays that met the standards of the examiners.
In a paper presented by the Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Prof. Ogbadu, she noted that every youth/ teenager is unique and primarily created for a purpose in life.
She listed the basic principles a child needs to excel and fulfill destiny as hard work, building good relationship, having a spirit of accommodation, showing interest and determination to succeed in school work and learning in a variety of ways to acquire knowledge.
Others are learning to regulate technology and not get hooked on technology, being focused on ones areas of strength and developing a habit of breaking down assignment into components that will make such assignment easier to handle and tackle.
In another words of exhortation, Pastor Kola of MFM, Garki, Abuja spoke to the Youths/Teenagers on the “Journey to Significance”.
According to Pastor Kola, obstacles such as peer pressure, current societal permissive behaviors, competing interests for one’s time, drug addiction, diverted vision, and living a life without focus are life’s challenges that could make a youth or teenager not to excel in the journey to being significant in life.
Deacon Felix Akintujoye of MFM Utako was the chairman of the occasion and in attendance were teenagers and youths from MFM North-Central Regions, parents and members of the MFM Branch Utako, Regional Overseers of MFM in the North-Central Regions, Teenage Pastors of MFM Branches in the North-Central Regions and Pastor Chinedu, the Teenage Pastor of South- South Region 1, Port Harcourt.