Winners of 2013 Ships & Ports Essay Competition Emerge


L-R: Representative of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Mr.Ignatius Nweke; past winner of the Ships & Ports Essay Annual National Essay Competition, Peter Okparaocha; winner of this year's essay competition, Christopher Okeke; and Chief Executive Officer of Ships & Ports Communication Company; Mr. Bolaji Akinola, during the prize presentation ceremony held at UAC Training Centre, Apapa, recently.





Nigeria’s leading maritime media firm, Ships & Ports Communication Company, has announced the winners of the 7th edition of its Annual National Essay Competition.
Christopher Okeke, an employee of A-Kan Nigeria Limited; a maritime and transport logistics firm, went home with the Best Overall Essay prize worth N100,000 when he was announced  the winner.
Other winners include Esogwa Godwin who won the Sifax Group Prize for Creativity and Ola Idris Olasunmbo who won the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) Prize for Best Researched Essay. Tobechukwu Emmanuel and Anthony Itodo Samuel both won the Comptroller Charles Edike Prize for Outstanding Essay.
Certificates, souvenirs and various cash prizes were presented by the organisers of the competition to the winners.

The Best Overall Essay prize winner, Okeke, who holds first and second degrees in maritime management, lamented the domination of the shipping sector by non-practitioners even as he decried the lack of professionalism in the sector.


“I have actively participated in the essay competition since inception except for one or two times and I have won different prizes before now, but this is the first time that I will emerge overall winner.
 I am very grateful to the organisers for instituting this competition and I strongly identify with their vision. The maritime industry today is where it is because professionals are not in position. Charlatans have taken over the industry and at best, they engage professionals to serve as their aides and in a position like that, there is very little that the professionals are able to accomplish,” Okeke stated.

While congratulating the winners , Mr Bolaji Akinola, CEO, Ships and Ports Communication Company, advocated that the  reading and writing culture among Nigerian youths be revived.

He said many young Nigerians found  it difficult to engage in thorough study; reading and research, a situation which he said was made worse by multiple television stations and social media.
Akinola said that Ships & Ports prides itself as the “leading maritime media firm in Nigeria with a definite commitment to open up the industry to Nigerians.”
He described the Nigerian maritime industry as one with enormous potential capable of addressing unemployment in Nigeria.

He said apart from the annual essay competition, Ships & Ports also hosts the Annual Maritime Cup Competition and the Annual Shipping Career Summit in additional to a daily free newspaper and daily radio programmes.

The Ships & Ports Annual National Essay Competition started in 2006 with Atakpa Sunday Daniel, then a Lieutenant Commander, now a Captain in the Nigerian Navy, emerging winner.

Other winners of the competition include Adewale Opeyemi (2008); Felix Ifeanyi Ejike –Ume (2009) and Uchenna Jerome Orji who won a new Kia Piccanto Car in 2010.        
Peter Chukwuma Okparaocha won the 2011 edition while Funke Abimbola Olotu won the 2012 edition of the competition.