It was an emotional moment for 10 year old Ayodele Joshua, one of the wards at Lagos State Correctional Home For Boys in Oregun, when he clinched the 3rd place award, oratory category of the Banjo Damilola Writing and Oratory competition.
Speaking after the event on Saturday, Joshua said it was the first time he would be winning anything.
“This is my first time to win an award and I would continue to study so that I can win more award” he said.
Joshua has gone across different homes since he was picked by the road side when he was barely two months old. It was his first time being celebrated hence his tears of joy when he received the 3rd prize award.
Four winners emerged, with John Uzoma and Jimoh Sunday topping the chats for both the oratory and essay categories.
John came Ist in the essay category but second in the oratory category. On the other hand Sunday claimed the 1st prize, Oratory category while he came second to John in the essay category.
Chukwuma Santos came 3rd in the essay category.
According to the initiator, Banjo Damilola, the competition was to encourage the boys and also open them up to the possibilities in honing writing and oratory skills.
“I believe every child has a right to education, regardless of their environment or circumstances of birth. Joshua is the highlight of this years edition for me. He won’t forget his experience today and that might just be the motivation he needs to fight for his life.”
She added that the reason the awards were titled after young and vibrant people was to inspire the kids with their “grass to grace” stories
The first prize essay award was labelled after Fisayo Soyombo, a renowned investigative journalist, while the 1st prize oratory category was tagged after an established woman mechanical engineer, Osazoduwa Agboneni.
The 2nd and the 3rd prize awards were tagged Tiamiyu Ibrahim, a serial entrepreneur, and Onele Joseph, a vibrant legal practitioner respectively.