Berlin, Germany – Nigeria’s Ugoh Wilson Emenike has won the writing competition of Transparency International’s 20th Anniversary Youth and Writing Competition, the anti-corruption group announced here.
PANA reported Friday that Keisha Baisden of Trinidad and Tobago was second while Subecha Dahal from Nepal finished third.
For his effort, Emenike will get a paid trip to Berlin to participate in a Transparency International event in November and a tablet computer, while his work will be published on Transparency International’s website and trust.org, the Thomson Reuters Foundation website.
Baisden will also receive a tablet computer, in addition to having his work being published; while the third place winner will get 250-euro worth of books and also have the work published.
In the photo competition, Sony Ramany of Bangladesh finished tops, followed by Rajarshi Chowdhury of India while Maria Francesca Avila of Philippines and Sumon Yusuf of Bangladesh finished joint third.
The first prize for the photo competition is a paid trip to Berlin to participate in a Transparency International event in November; up to 1,000-euro worth of camera equipment and publication of work on Transparency International’s website and trust.org, the Thomson Reuters Foundation website
The second prize is a 400-euro camera equipment and the publication of work, while the third is a 250-euro worth of camera equipment and publication of work.
Kenya’s George Karugu Maina is among the six competitors who got an ”honourable mention” in the photo competition.
Altogether, the competition received 1400 submissions, which the organisation said revealed a deep understanding of how corruption is a cancer on society that must be stopped.
”We asked participants aged between 18 and 30 years old to send images of the damaging effects of corruption on their world or to write an essay describing what people can do to stop it.
“The extraordinary talent exhibited in the hundreds of submissions shows young people around the world understand the terrible damage wrought by corruption and reveals a sincere desire to stop it. Young people clearly want to take a stand against corruption,” said Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International.
The competition is one of several events marking the 20th anniversary of Transparency International this year and its efforts to thwart the abuse of power, bribery and secret dealings worldwide.
It was organised in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation and co-sponsored by the International Anti-Corruption Conference Series.