Lagos- The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday rewarded three students, who performed best at the 2014 Edition of the NSE Essay Competition.
The Chief Executive Officer of the NSE, Mr Oscar Onyema, said that the ceremony that the winners emerged after a rigorous judgment process by capital market professionals.
According to him, the winners are judged by their understanding of the topic and expression of investment ideas in their essays.
The overall winner, Miss Chiamaka Onuh, an SS3 student of Nikky High School, Aba, Abia, said that she read constantly and carried out researches through the Internet.
Onuh, who also won the competition in 2012, said that she would like to be a lawyer in spite of her interest in the essay competition.
“I will still continue to be in the competition if given the opportunity despite my desire to be a lawyer,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Onuh
was awarded N300,000 equity investment and N400, 000 university scholarship fund.
Miss Blessing Ejike from Oriwu Senior Model College in Anambra State, who placed second, received N200, 000 equity investment and N300,000 scholarship fund.
Mr Dan Omoyen of St. Thomas Secondary School, Lagos, who emerged third, was given N100,000 equity investment and N200,000 scholarship.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Sahara Group, Mr Tonye Cole, who delivered a keynote address at the event, urged the students to make decisions that would have a positive lifelong impact on them.
Cole said that students’ decisions would determine their successes and relevance, noting that students were relevant to groups, corporate organisations and the entire society.
“As young as you are today, the worst thing you can do to yourself is to think that you are irrelevant.
“Discover yourself, build your self-confidence and work hard, which is the greatest thing you can do for yourself,” he said.
He also encouraged the students to imbibe the value of integrity.
“You must develop skills and talents that you have because they are important but the value of integrity is more important.
“Let your word be your bond, and you will succeed,’’ he advised. (NAN)