TeensThink Transitions to International Stage with 2024 Essay Competition on Food Security

TeensThink, renowned for its role in nurturing leadership and educational excellence among teenagers, achieved a significant milestone with its 4th annual edition, now evolved into an international essay competition. Held at the Radisson Blu in Lagos, Nigeria, the event attracted participants from various corners of Africa, including representatives from Nigeria’s geopolitical zones, as well as entries from Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Rwanda.

The theme of the 2024 edition, “Food Security,” emphasized TeensThink’s commitment to addressing pressing global challenges through the lens of youth empowerment and education.

Aboyeji Toluwanimi Elizabeth of Funaab International School, Abeokuta emerged as the overall winner of the competition. Her profound essay not only delved into the complexities of food security challenges but also proposed innovative solutions for sustainable agriculture in Africa. Otito Ofolue and Owoeye Ayomide, from Babington Macaulay, Lagos, and Advanced Breed Comprehensive, Lagos, respectively, secured the first and second runners-up positions with equally compelling perspectives.

The awards, which included Lenovo laptops, cash prizes, and gift packs, recognized the outstanding achievements of the winners. Aboyeji Toluwanimi Elizabeth received 150,000 Naira, while Otito Ofolue and Owoeye Ayomide were awarded 100,000 Naira and 70,000 Naira, respectively. These prizes underscore TeensThink’s commitment not only to academic excellence but also to providing tangible support to nurture the potential of young leaders.

Kehinde Olesin, the Convener and Founder of TeensThink, expressed pride in the participants’ accomplishments, highlighting the organization’s dedication to equipping teenagers with the skills and knowledge essential for navigating global food systems. “TeensThink believes in the transformative power of education and leadership,” said Olesin. “Through our comprehensive programs, workshops, and mentorship, we empower young minds to proactively address challenges like food security.”

The event also featured Deina Mayaki, Co-Founder and CEO of Agriarche Ltd., as a special guest. Mayaki, a prominent agro-entrepreneur, encouraged participants to harness technology to drive agricultural adoption across Africa. Her keynote address underscored the critical role of innovation in achieving sustainable food security measures on the continent.

Adeboye Adeyemi, Chairman of the Advisory Board at TeensThink, commended the winners for their exceptional contributions. “Your exceptional work sets a benchmark for others to follow,” remarked Adeyemi. “Your essays have the potential to spark meaningful conversations, challenge societal norms, and pave the way for a more secure future.”

Sifax Group, Nigerian Breweries, Multichoice, Tulcan Energy, Nigeria, Friesland Wampico,STL Trustees Hansol Geonetworks, Viju, MTN, and Pepsi were amongst the partners and sponsors for the 2024 edition of TeensThink.

TeensThink is a dynamic leadership and educational platform initiated by MarchMedia, a prominent marketing and communications agency based in Lagos, Nigeria. Dedicated to cultivating exceptional leaders with marketable skills and a passion for education and global issues, TeensThink continues to empower youth through innovative programs and initiatives.

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