South African Airways, Africa’s most awarded airline has committed to youth development in Nigeria through hosting the first South African Airways Essay Competition (SAAEC).
The grand finale of the initial essay competition theme: ‘Patriotism: Making a difference as a youth’ was held in Protea Hotel Ikeja, over the weekend.
National Sales manager, SAA, Mrs. Kemi Leke-Bamtefa disclosed on the grand finale of the competition plans to hold the competition every year, adding that it represents one of the channel it is investing into Nigerian young people in a place the airline’s operation had been fruitful over the most recent twenty years.
“It’s a South African Airways event, it is part of what we have in stock for Nigeria, we are a South African company based in Nigeria, we’ve been around for 20 years, we will be twenty years in December, we have series of activities this year, in fact this year, we have two Essay competitions. We want to be part of development in Nigeria. She said.
I do not believe in people saying that our leaders have failed us, but I say we have failed ourselves. Part of this is impacting on the youth and making them look inwards and see how they can contribute to the development of Nigeria, this is not about Nelson Mandela or about South Africa, it is strictly about Nigeria and Nigerian youth and how we can contribute to the economy”. She added.
Miss Victory Yinka-Banjo of Princeton College, Surulere, Lagos came-up winner of the competition trucking home a cheque of N100,000 among different prizes while Master Ojo Purpose Oluwapelumi from Liz International College, Giwa Oke-aro, Ogun State was second trailed by Miss Halim Blessing of Princeton in third position.
Chairman of the assessment panel and General Manager, Cooperate Communication, Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL), Mr. Basil Agboarumi said with such initiative, now is the time to start beaming searchlight on Nigerian youths who are supposed to be the leaders of tomorrow. He also applauded South African Airways for taking such an essential responsibility to youth development.