UNIBEN student wins Commonwealth essay contest


A medical student at the University of Benin, Joshua Borokinni, has emerged third place winner of the 2017 Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition.

Out of a total of 12 , 300 youths from Commonwealth countries who took part in the competition , Borokinni was the only one from Nigeria and Africa . He emerged second runner- up and bronze medallist after Annika Turon -Semmens from Australia and Hiya Chowdhury of India , who bagged the gold and silver medals , respectively , in the senior category of the competition .

The Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition (also called the Queen’s  Commonwealth Essay Competition) is the world ’ s oldest schools ’ international writing competition managed by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883 .

Every year , the competition offers all Commonwealth youths aged 18 and below the opportunity to express their hopes for the future , opinions of the present and thoughts on the past through the written word .

The theme for this year ’ s competition was A Commonwealth for Peace, with topics that challenged young writers to consider peace at every level , from the personal to the political to the pan-Commonwealth .

In recognition of their achievement , the winners and runners – up in the contest will visit London and participate in a series of educational and cultural events scheduled to hold in November .

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An excited Borokinni could not hide his feelings after learning about the results of the competition and the fact that he had done Nigeria and Africa proud .

“This award will definitely push me further to do more exceptional things that will showcase Nigeria and Africa to the world , ” he said .


  1. This is ridiculous. I also participated in the contest.

    There was nothing such as third position.

    After the two winners, few entries were awarded certificates which are of three categories; Gold, Silver and Bronze and none of these were synonymous with third position.

    My entry was awarded a “Gold” certificate, so shouldn’t I be claiming the third position?

    This is ridiculously risible.

    Mr Uniben, you are far behind. Some people won Gold and Silver certificates.

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