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Demilade Olalere Wins 1st Place In The 2018 Rising Star Writing Competition

8-year-old Demilade Olalere of The Livingsprings Schools has just emerged the 1st place winner in the 2018 edition of The Rising Star Writing Competition. She achieved this fantastic feat in the Primary School Short Story category of the competition.

HP laptops, TV sets, Tablets, Computers, were the prizes given to the winners and runners-up, while HP printers were given as consolation prizes for the second runner-ups.

Speaking at the prize giving ceremony held in Lagos, the Head, Human Resource and Public Relations, Greenlife Pharmaceutical, Mrs. Amaka Nwosisi reiterated the need to make the prizes of reading and writing competition attractive to children so that they would be encouraged.

Mrs. Nwosis noted that the reading and writing culture is dying, because of the value society placed on them. “This competition was birthed to revive the reading and writing habit in our society, by catching the attention of these children before they grow to be adults. I also challenge other corporate bodies to shift their focus from entertainment and invest in the education of the young children.”

The Coordinator, Rising Star Writing Competition, Mrs Uche Udoji, advised the parents, teachers, and schools on the urgent need to lay more emphasis on literacy, especially creative writing, so as to ignite a love for writing in the children from a young age.

She added: “The ceremony was not just to award deserving winners, but to inspire every child desirous of being a writer to pick up and develop their writing skills so as to express themselves confidently.”

The Livingsprings Schools is extremely proud of Demilade and what her exemplary performance signifies. At a time when age-old values of have been substituted for cheap thrills and deceptive entertainments, today's children are left hollow and devoid of true substance of character. For this reason, the Livingsprings Schools pledges to continue contributing its own societal quota in ensuring that the culture of reading and writing (powerful forces which produced the outstanding leaders the world has known throughout the ages) does not die in the midst of distractions children of today are constantly bombarded with.

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