MTN Foundation Executive Secretary Unveils Essay Writing Competition

MTN Foundation’s Executive Secretary, Odunayo Sanya

MTN Foundation’s Executive Secretary, Odunayo Sanya, has called on young Nigerians across the country to take up the mantle of leadership in whatever spheres they may find themselves.

Sanya, author of the Alphabets of Leadership For Young Minds – a book that sets the stage to nurture and equip youths early on with timeless leadership principles – launched an essay writing competition focused on young minds from ages eight to 16.

The competition which commenced on May 27, 2020, was used to commemorate the popular celebration of children across the world. Applicants are to read the book and summarize the various themes that have been alphabetized from A-Z. Entries are to be sent to

Sanya explained the burning need to remind young Nigerians of their leadership value: “With the pandemic changing our lifestyle, we need to remind the youth that their paths stand for sure. Everything else may change, but the essence of who they are, their dreams will always remain valid. And this competition was created to do just that.”

She advised parents to encourage their young ones to send in their entries. “As a parent, I understand how trying this period has been and the urgency to fill our children’s minds with the right type of knowledge. So, we want to be able to strengthen their understanding and practice of leadership skills as they read through the principles in the Alphabets of Leadership For Young Minds. The responses we have received so far humbles me. The creativity nestled in the minds of young Nigerians is humbling!”

There are six prizes to be won ranging from N50,000 to N10,000. To allow for fair competition, an independent panel of judges consisting of teachers will deliberate upon the essay entries.

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