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Covenant Alumna Wins 2021 NYSC Essay Competition

The significance of Spirituality, the arrowhead of Covenant University’s core values, once again became manifest recently as one of her products, Miss Peace Akhibi, emerged winner of the 2021 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Essay Competition.

The Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN), organisers of the annual essay competition, had received a total of 96 entries from corps members nationwide for this year’s event with the theme “Social Justice: A Pathway to Sustainable Peace and Progress in Nigeria”.

However, Akhibi, a 2020 first-class graduate of Psychology from Covenant University, came tops among the six finalists at the National Symposium of the competition.

The Covenant alumna, who currently serves with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), was surprised that she could win the competition that was in its 10th year. She received an HP laptop, a bible, and some motivational books for her triumph.

While expressing gratitude to Covenant for the impact the University made in her life, Akhibi said that “In Covenant University, I served in the Contemporary Choir unit for two-and-a-half years, and the Prayer Force unit for about a year. I was also a floor chaplain for a semester. I did not hold any departmental position, as I have always dreaded anything public. It is still surprising to me that my first shot at public speaking, which was at this symposium, was good”.

In his remark at the event, the General Secretary, BSN, Pastor Samuel Sanusi, said every Nigerian had what it required to make the country great again. He urged corps members to give a very good account of themselves and do all in their power to be patriotic.

Chairman of the occasion, Chief Kaoli Olusanya, said that Nigeria had not been consumed despite its challenges due to the love and worship of God by Nigerians. He urged the corps members not to remain in their comfort zones but rather challenge themselves to be the best in their chosen careers.

Coordinator of the NYSC in Lagos, Mr Edwin Megwa, represented by Mrs Beatrice Feyinto, thanked the BSN for keeping faith in organising the competition for the past ten years. She encouraged corps members to be change agents wherever they found themselves.

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