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With well written and brilliant ideas from entrants in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and other African countries; we are excited to announce the shortlist for AWC2022: Rebuilding Makoko Essay Contest—the second edition of Antoa Writing Contest.

The essay contest was opened for entries containing at least 2 or 3 ways the government can best meet the needs of the Makoko community innovatively and sustainably. It was open to the Makoko community and beyond under the campaign: One Child At A Time, from 1st July to 30th September. 

It was a hard decision to highlight 10 entries that made it to the shortlist. If it was World Cup, we wouldn’t hesitate to extend the list to a round of 16. 

For entering AWC2022, you defeated self-doubt, showed us how courageous your heart is and how innovative your mind is as an African. For us, Makoko—the Venice of Africa as some of the writers wrote—is not just a community built on stilts along the lagoon, but a symbol and a representation of what can become better and greater. It is one among countless communities in Africa seeking for sustainable and innovative development as we join hands to begin with ONE CHILD AT A TIME.

Below are the shortlisted entrants and their nationalities: 

  • Anita Oboh – Nigeria
  • Banjo Olajumoke – Nigeria 
  • Caleb Akakpo – Ghana
  • Iwuagwu Ikechukwu – Nigeria 
  • Antony Odhiambo – Kenya
  • Okpoe Florentin Mihode – Nigeria 
  • Aliyah Shitta – Nigeria 
  • Ikegwu Chukwudi Michael – Nigeria
  • Teddy John – Tanzania
  • Obagha Chiamaka Theodora – Nigeria

Three successful winning entries would be announced on 15th December, while ONLY the WINNERS would be contacted via email for the prize award presentation in Lagos on 20th December respectively. Further details would be communicated thereafter.

Do not drop your magical pen yet!

Next year’s edition AWC2023 is on its way like Santa and we can’t wait to open the huge bag of surprises 🙂



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