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Essay Competition: Week 39 Winners.

Dear readers, our winners for week 39 have emerged. Roselyn Sho-Olajide and Michael Ogbonnaya have won N20,000 each while Chisom Arueze and Peace Habila are tied and will split the N20,000 cash price.

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Essay Competition: Week 36 Winners.

Roselyn Sho-Olajide and Michael Ogbonnaya have won the N20,000 cash prize for #Week36 Love Circle: Another fantastic piece from Roselyn. This writer is definitely going places. Her intro will blow you away and keep you glued to the story. “You knew you did not love her from the very first day you set your eyes on her. Left to you, you wouldn’t have dated her not to even think of tying the nuptial knot with her. But your mother had hammered in your head more times than she had ever called your name since you were born that you must marry her.” From then you won’t stop reading till the last letter. It is a wonder how she managed to create this typical African love story of deception flawlessly in the second person point of view and still managed to succinctly encapsulate the topic. This is a beautiful tale. Congratulations Roselyn and please don’t stop!   When Begging Becomes A Norm by Micheal Ogbonnaya: As usual, the writer put in quite a lot of effort in his work. Interrogating the giveaway trend in our society, he caught the reader’s attention with a well thought out line that captured the problem thus: “While there is nothing particularly wrong with one receiving giveaways, the reliance of the youths on freebies for financial emancipation and the consequences of this wrong ideology should worry every well-meaning Nigerian” This essay was well researched and the writer did well in his use of referencing. However, he should pay attention to syntactic errors to avoid diminishing the quality of what should be excellent work. Good job and congrats Michael. Feedback: Hustlers by Johnson Onyedikachi:  The writer has shown an increasing imaginative ability and has strung a story worth some commendation. His story strung an intricate and creative plot that could have won on another day. Well done Johnson. Cut From The Same Cloth by Peace Habila: A good and witty representation of both sides of a coin called the typical Nigerian politician. However, further development of this essay could have given room for more dramatization. Good job all the same. The First Rule Of Theft by Precious Arueze: The writer did well. The essay had a good storyline and was readable in simple English. She should be encouraged to write more. The Grey Rose by Victor Oladejo: The writer is a raw talent that must be encouraged. His daring imagery and dialogue stood out in this essay. However, the conclusion could have packed a little more punch, or perhaps an anticlimax could have given it that sting. Good one nevertheless. The Truth About Giveaways by Olalekan AbdulBasit: A good attempt by the new entrant that examined the giveaway syndrome in our social media space. I loved the fact that the writer boldly gave some specifics but he should endeavor to suggest solutions as this is the core of any academic research. Good work. The PDFs highlighting your errors have been sent to your email. We will go on summer break till the 1st of August 2021. Thank you for being a part of this beautiful journey please keep reading and writing.

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Essay Competition: Week 35 Winners.

Abdulrazaq Ariwoola and Precious Arueze have won the N20,000 cash prize for week 35. The Very Things That Make Us Human: Both judges converged on this essay and noted that the readability of Ariwoola’s submission is awe-inspiring. Interrogating the pros and cons of ubiquitous internet communication, the writer was able to effortlessly carry the reader along while driving home the theme of his writing presented cleverly in admirable English. His essay topped the rest as it is more relatable and written in a reader-friendly manner. Congratulations Abdulrazaq. You really should write more.   The Pain In My Smile. Precious loves brevity and many of her essays have often hovered around the 1000 word count. She has a knack to communicate in the simplest of ways while drawing from common Nigerian parlance eg. “So while we waited out the rain after work one day, he cornered me and blurted out his feelings”. In this uncharacteristically lengthy piece, she immediately grabs your attention with the oxymoronic title. She then weaves an emotional tale that encapsulates the abysmal standard of care in the Nigerian medical field and the frustration it begets. She then ends with a perfect representation of the essay title. A lovely piece of work. Congrats Precious.   Feedback: Spiteful Fantasy by Chukwuemeka Mbam: A well-written essay where the writer brilliantly evoked some familiar sentiments about the desperate unemployment situation and the get rich quick syndrome among Nigerian youths. A wonderful storyline with some witty dialogue too. Kudos Chukwuemeka. Digital Presence: Influences And Optimization by Michael Ogbonna: As usual this is quite cerebral from a writer who seems to have mastered the genre. However, Michael should endeavour to make his articles read more like opinion pieces than academic class assignments. Good job nonetheless. Daddy’s Little Girl by Roselyn Sho-Olajide manifested the writer’s characteristic simplicity and passion. Well done. Online, Offline And Real-life Realities by Chukwuemeka Oluka is well researched and full of educative knowledge, it is also intellectually presented with astute writing abilities. The rest of the essays were equally good and the judges enjoyed reading them. Kudos to all the writers and thanks to our great community.    

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Topics: Essay Competition Week 36.

  For #Week36 of the #CmonionlineEssayCompetition choose a topic from your preferred genre and write to possibly emerge as one of the winners of our N20,000 cash prize. Creative writing topic: It takes a thief to catch one: Write a story in the second person point of view about this. *** Please research second person point of view. Opinion article topic:  Giveaway: A discursive analysis of the rising tokenism ideology among our youths. NB: These are topics and not necessarily titles, so you can caption your essay as you wish but please make it smart and brief. The word count is between (750–1500 )± 10% We will publish the essays as they come in for the audience and judges to read. Please try to submit early to make our job easier. Submit on or before Thursday 24/06/2021 at 11.59 pm. Please endeavour to read our general rules before submitting your work. Pay particular attention to items 2 & 9 because many entries have been trashed for not following instructions. You can submit to admin@cmonionline.com in plain text or MS Word if you are having issues with the subscription and onsite submission. (**No PDF please) WARNING!!! PLAGIARISM will get you banned from participating in this competition. We are here to learn not to steal. Our judges for the week are Dr. Okolo Oteri Eme and Charles Okoye   Good luck!

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Essay Competition: Week 34 Winners.

We are paying out a total of N50,000 for #Week34 and that is because our judges have blessed us with an extra N30,000 to encourage three runners up. Isn’t this why I have always said that friends make the world go round. Ladies and gentlemen kindly appreciate our judges, it is not easy to dedicate time to assess these essays and still support us financially. We are encouraged and we say thanks to you all, may God replenish your pockets a millionfold. When Two Elephants Fight by Chukwuemeka Oluka was a well-researched and properly-referenced interrogation of the Nigerian Twitter shutdown. From the introduction to the conclusion, the essay was structured, logical, and articulate with a depth that was difficult for competitors to match. Congrats Chukwuemeka. The other joint top contribution came from Peace Habila, whose authentic poetic licence in Dissed makes for a captivating and interesting read. She has a flow that makes it difficult to stop reading, and this week, she was difficult to beat. Congratulations Peace.   Ebube Ezeadum had been consistent, he is a natural creative writer and his witty takes made The Moment I Divorced Fear easily readable and relatable. Congratulations Ebube, keep writing.     Lene Juliana has been consistent since she joined. In Mia’s University Crush, she displayed an uncanny ability to weave a tale laced with evocative dialogue. Well done Juliana, we hope to read more from you.   While I am impressed by the quality of most of the published pieces, I found Roselyn Sho Olajide’s My Forever Crush a remarkable and imaginative creative contribution. She should be encouraged not just for her ability but also for her consistency. Congrats Roselyn.   An overall fantastic outing by most of the contributors, we are getting better because we have been consistent. Thanks to all our writers, readers, and judges.

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Essay Competition: Week 33 Winners.

Bismarck Faola and Michael Ogbonnaya have won the N20,000 cash prize for #Week33. Bequeathed by Bismarck Faola: A judge had this to say about this essay. “Excellent! Creative writing at its best. I’m of the view he actually not only met but also exceeded what was expected of him. He studied his favourite author, his works, style, and character and, wrote like him. I’d have scored him 10 but there’s no perfection in anything so….” Congratulations Bismarck. The True Picture of Nigerians’ Reading Culture: “Beautiful, easy to read, straight-to-the-point essay. Excellent in grammar, syntax, logic, and presentation, with references. I absolutely admire his writing style, moreover, as it is about encouraging reading. He tops them all to me.” Congrats Michael, you have established yourself as the writer to beat in your chosen genre.     Feedback: The Guardians by Victor Oladejo: Good grammar, structure and measured use of poetic license. A gripping storyline with suspense that will hold the reader spell bound from beginning to the end. However, Victor needs to follow the instructions “seeing the world e through the eyes of your favourite author”, but still a great creative essay. Decline In Reading Culture: The Strategic Way Out by Oluwatimilehin Folarin. Well researched but having been part of this competition for almost a year the writer is expected to be more careful with grammar, spellings, and tenses. Good work all the same. Reviving Our Comatose Reading Culture by Roselyn Sho-Olajide. I’ve been impressed by the writer’s versatility and consistency. This essay was well written in her usual manner but I believe she could have developed her work better with more analysis. Good job! The other essays were also good and feedback has been sent via email to some writers. Thanks to everyone for your support.  

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Topics: Essay Competition Week 34.

For #Week34 of the #CmonionlineEssayCompetition choose a topic from your preferred genre and write to possibly emerge as one of the winners of our N20,000 cash prize. Creative writing topic: You want to ask an old crush for a date, only to realize that he/she doesn’t remember meeting you. Opinion article topic: Twitter ban: A discursive analysis of the rising confrontation between tech/social media giants and state actors using Nigeria as a case study. NB: These are topics and not necessarily titles, so you can caption your essay as you wish but please make it smart and brief. The word count is between (750–1500 )± 10% We will publish the essays as they come in for the audience and judges to read. Please try to submit early to make our job easier. Submit on or before Thursday 10/06/2021 at 11.59 pm. Please endeavour to read our general rules before submitting your work. Pay particular attention to items 2 & 9 because many entries have been trashed for not following instructions. You can submit to admin@cmonionline.com in plain text or MS Word if you are having issues with the subscription and onsite submission. (**No PDF please) WARNING!!! PLAGIARISM will get you banned from participating in this competition. We are here to learn not to steal. Our judges for the week will be Uchenna Nnoli and Pamela Nwansoh. Good luck!

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Essay Competition: Week 32 Winners.

Johnson Onyedikachi and Michael Ogbonnaya have won the N20,000 cash prize for #Week32. Haunted by Johnson Onyedikachi: A graphic story well written story. Johnson brings his stories to life with vivid imagery that has the reader wanting more. Expressions like “Those lungs of mine had been holding hands like a newlywed couple in an airplane that was about to crash” in the first paragraph immediately convey that the writer understands the key requirement in a descriptive essay. He made good use of parts of speech and with lines like “the rain pelting down like some deity was unjustifiably offended” added some originality to this work. Baring some typos this is an excellent piece of prose writing. Congrats Johnson. Michael Ogbonnaya seems to have found his writing genre. His first entry in this competition was a creative essay in which he did well. In Being A Nigerian: The Mixed Feelings he once again displayed the requisite skill in research writing. The topic was introduced with definitions and the body of the essay was well structured for easy comprehension. The conclusion also proffered workable solutions. However, the writer should note that Wikipedia is not a reliable reference in research writing. This was a great essay nevertheless. Congrats Michael.     Feedback: A Shattered Heart by Udochukwu Opara: A good attempt but the writer needs to work on his tenses and vocabulary as well as flow. A Long Walk To Peace by Victor Oladejo: Well written but used a lot of the word “flinched”. Should have used other synonyms. Good narration and flow. Brooms Break Hearts Too by Juliana Lene: Very good grammar and wordplay, flow. This essay would have made a better grade with active sentences that evoke immediacy. Unnecessary Crossfire by Peace Habila: Very good use of grammar, good flow, very dramatic with the use of active tenses. When God Lied by Samson Ogunmola: Good flow and mostly straight to the point. Nice attempt. Vanished by Roselyn Sho-Olajide: Another beautiful and well written story with a good flow. The writer deployed vivid imagery as usual. Good job! National Identity And Pride: An Intense Scrutiny by Chukwuemeka Oluka: Again Oluka delivers in his usual articulate manner. However, points raised could be better developed. Still a good essay. The rest of the essays were also good. Emmanuel Enaku and Abiodun Eunice should endeavour to include references when writing opinion essays. It shows that you didnt pluck your claims from the mango tree. GENERAL OBSERVATION. Some of the writers need to learn the basics of the subject-verb relationship to ensure the proper use of tenses. Peruse this page for a brief understanding of this important component of using of the language. Writers who choose the opinion essays should desist from using wikipedia as reference. The online encyclopedia does not consider itself to be a reliable source and discourages readers from using it in academic or research texts. Overall #Week32 was a close call and I think we have some writers who already have a mastery of what is expected, however the challenge from the new entrants make it even more exciting. Thanks to everyone for participating. We will keep writing.  

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Topics: Essay Competition Week 33.

For #Week33 of the #CmonionlineEssayCompetition choose a topic from your preferred genre and write to possibly emerge as one of the winners of our N20,000 cash prize. Creative writing topics: Seeing the world through the eyes of your favourite author. Opinion article topics: An in-depth analysis of our reading culture and ways to improve it. NB: These are topics and not necessarily titles, so you can caption your essay as you wish but please make it smart and brief. The word count is between (750–1500 )± 10% We will publish the essays as they come in for the audience and judges to read. Endeavour to submit early to make our job easier. Submit on or before Thursday 03/06/2021 at 11.59 pm. Please endeavour to read our general rules before submitting your work. Pay particular attention to items 2 & 9 because many entries have been trashed for not following instructions. You can submit to admin@cmonionline.com in plain text or MS Word if you are having issues with the subscription and onsite submission. (**No PDF please) WARNING!!! PLAGIARISM will get you banned from participating in this competition. We are here to learn not to steal. Our judges for the week will be Winnie Oyigah and Ugo Ezeokwuosa.   Good luck!

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Topics: Essay Competition Week 32.

For #Week32 of the #CmonionlineEssayCompetition choose a topic from your preferred genre and write to possibly emerge as one of the winners of our N20,000 cash prize. Creative writing topics: Write a descriptive essay about an unresolved experience. Opinion article topics: National pride and identity: A discursive analysis of how Nigerians feel about this. NB: These are topics and not necessarily titles, so you can caption your essay as you wish but please make it smart and brief. The word count is between (750–1500 )± 10% We will publish the essays as they come in for the audience and judges to read. Endeavour to submit early to make our job easier. Submit on or before Thursday 27/05/2021 at 11.59 pm. Please endeavour to read our general rules before submitting your work. Pay particular attention to items 2 & 9 because many entries have been trashed for not following instructions. You can submit to admin@cmonionline.com in plain text or MS Word if you are having issues with the subscription and onsite submission. (**No PDF please) WARNING!!! PLAGIARISM will get you banned from participating in this competition. We are here to learn not to steal. Our judges for the week will be Katchy Ohiaeri and yours truly. Good luck!

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