A manuscript written almost ten years ago has been selected as the winner of the Dusty Manuscript Contest; a Prize organized for budding Nigerian writers. Written by Kukogho Iruesiri Samson, the winning manuscript, titled Devil’s Pawn clinched the top prize ahead of The Orchid Protocol by Onoche Emeka Onyekwena andThe Other Side of Truth by Nneoma Anieto, which came first and second runner-up respectively.
Organized in partnership with Kachifo Ltd. and Okadabooks, the Dusty Manuscript Contest is the latest in a long line of GTBank’s YouREAD initiatives aimed at fostering the culture of reading and creating a platform for the appreciation of Africa’s literary excellence. As part of the contest, Nigerians were invited to submit their unpublished stories and stand a chance to get publishing deals for their works. The contest received over 1,000 entries and had a panel of four judges made up of authors Eghosa Imasuen, Yejide Kilanko and Toni Kan and Assistant Professor of English, Dr Ainehi Edoro-Glines.
As part of the prizes in the Dusty Manuscript Contest, the authors of the top 3 manuscripts received 1,000,000, N500,000 and N250,000 respectively, as well as publishing contracts with Kachifo Ltd. The authors of the 10 manuscripts also received e-publishing contracts with OkadaBooks, while the authors of the top 20 manuscripts were hosted to a two-day intensive writers boot-camp to sharpen their literary and business skills.
Speaking about the winning entry, the lead judge, Dr Ainehi Edoro, said; “Devil’s Pawn was a unanimous choice. Told in a fast paced narrative style that keeps you glued to the pages, the story is a gift that keeps giving’’. “The Orchid Protocol is an intriguing detective story, call it CSI Lagos and you won’t be too far off the mark,” said Eghosa Imasuen, one of the judges. “The Other Side of Truth presents a woman’s life, without judgement. In making the case for the novel a single word comes to me: Empathy,” added another judge, Toni Kan.
Commenting on the Dusty Manuscript Contest, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “At GTBank we see Art as not just a medium for creative expression but also as a means of livelihood, and by organizing the Dusty Manuscript Contest we are helping budding writers share their stories with the world whilst providing them with a platform to build successful writing careers.”
GTBank is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run African financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation. The Bank’s footprints in Corporate Social Responsibility are guided strategically by its decision to operate on four major pillars: Education, Community Development, Arts and the Environment, which it believes are essential building blocks for the society and prerequisites for economic growth and societal development.
Afolabi Williams, team leader, Olubusiyi Famobiwo, MenashiMordi and Osagumwenro NaamanUgbo, members of Team Neon from Whitesands School, Lagos, have emerged as the 2018 Power Pitch Winner of the Smoke-Free World category of the Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation challenge summit held at the Kennedy Space Centre, Visitor Complex, Florida, USA.
The four junior school students made it to the fourth round and final stage of the competition, the only representatives from Nigeria and Africa that participated in the finals. They pitched their idea on a Virtual Farm project, which falls under the category for Smoke-Free World.
The Conrad Challenge is an international and multi-phase innovation competition focusing on five areas: Aerospace Aviation, Cyber Technology and Security, Energy and Environment, Health and Nutrition, and recently, Smoke-Free World.
The Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Challenge (SOIC) presents high school students with a very broad challenge: create an innovative product that provides solution to a real-world problem such that someone can pay for it, by applying principles in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Students were not just asked to complete a science project: they were required to conduct a research to determine their creation’s potential market impact and develop a full business plan.
This annual competition challenges teams to use science, technology, engineering and math innovation, as well as entrepreneurship, to create a more sustainable world for today and the future generations.
The global decline of smoking have many positive health impacts, but also brought negative economic consequences to tobacco farmers, many of whom are in developing nations. Students were invited to design 21st Century solutions to farmland that is currently used for tobacco production, especially in African countries.
Established in 2008, the Conrad Foundation honours the legacy of Apollo 12 astronaut, Charles “Pete” Conrad, and his four decade passion for innovation and entrepreneurship.
The students received the Good Citizen Award in the same summit and were accompanied to the summit by their coach, Matthew Omotoso, the junior school ICT teacher at Whitesands.
Inspired by the team’s outstanding young talents and driven by its passion for innovation, leading African bank, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, sponsored the young innovators to the finale of the Conrad Challenge. The Bank’s sponsorship included, among other benefits, the total coverage of the team’s travel and stay in America.
Guaranty Trust Bank plc has consistently played a leading role in Africa’s banking industry and is regarded by industry watchers as one of Africa’s most innovative financial institutions. The Bank also maintains an active and clearly defined Corporate Social Responsibility policy, which is focused on promoting education for all, fostering community development, promoting arts and protecting the environment.
Popular Nigerian Chef and co-owner of Eko Street Eat, Chef Imoteda will be at the 2018 GTBank Food and Drink Fair to host a Masterclass on the Art of Plating.
Trained at Le Cordon Bleu, Chef Imoteda is the chef instructor and host of two TV shows, Urban Kitchen and Heels in the Kitchen. She is also the co-owner of Eli Street Eat, a company that specializes in bringing innovative twists to Nigerian street food.
When she is not making the best of Nigerian street food, training budding chefs or presenting food shows on TV, Chef Imoteda is busy curating the Nigerian Fusion Food Tour. Now in its third year, the tour aims to celebrate the richness of Nigerian cuisine by taking it around the world.
If you would like to attend Chef Imoteda’s Masterclass at the 2018 Food and Drink Fair, which hold on Sunday, April 29th, click here to register.
Baking aficionado and founder of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, Elizabeth Solaruwill be at the GTBank Food and Drink Fair to facilitate a Masterclass on how to make great wedding cakes.
Elizabeth was recently named as one of the world’s “Masterful 100.”
Her creations have been featured in numerous international publications including Wedluxe, Strictly Weddings and The Telegraph, amongst several others.
Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium is regarded as one of the best wedding cake companies in the world. The company creates beautifully handcrafted cakes that are adorned with the most realistic edible jewelry, sugar flowers, lace, pearls and gems.
Elizabeth regularly features on BBC and Sky TV and is the only three-time winner of The Great Cake Bake, a show which features the best wedding cake makers in the UK.
If you would like to attend Elizabeth’s class at the GTBank Food and Drink Fair, which holds on Tuesday, May 1stclick here to register.
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British Chef, bestselling author and TV personality, Lorraine Pascale, will be at the 2018 GTBank Food and Drink Fair to treat guests to an exciting Masterclass on how to make the perfect desserts.
Before she became one of the biggest names in UK food shows, Lorraine was the first Black British fashion model to appear on the cover of American Elle. Being there and done that, she decided to follow her real passion–cookery–and enrolled for Leith’s Diploma of food and wine course. She later graduated with a first class honours degree in Culinary Arts Management at London’s University of West London.
Lorraine’s mastery of baking has earned her international appeal and accolades. She has been a judge on the UK version of My Kitchen Rules, Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship in the US and in March 2015, co-hosted one of the UK’s biggest TV programmes, The Nation’s Favourite Food. She also runs a successful blog where she shares her recipes for baking as well as tips for those wishing to embark on a journey to a healthy lifestyle.
If you would like to attend Lorraine Pascale’s Masterclass at the 2018 GTBank Food and Drink Fair, which holds on Sunday, April 29th, click here to register….
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Bestselling author and Food Network Personality, Sunny Anderson will be at the GTBank Food and Drink Fair to treat guests to an exciting Masterclass on how to make home cooking easy and exciting.
Known for hosting popular shows such as; The Kitchen, Cooking for Real and How’d That Get On My Plate, Sunny is renowned for a cooking style that combines classic comfort foods along with unique flavours inspired by her many travels. She is the author of The New York Times bestseller Sunny’s Kitchen: Easy Food for Real Life.
Sunny is also a huge football fan and combined her love of food and the sport by inventing Infladium™, the world’s first inflatable snack stadium. She is currently working on more inventions and continues to travel, write recipes and donate time and funding to various charities.
To attend Sunny Anderson’s Masterclass at the 2018 GTBank Food and Drink Fair, which hold on Sunday, April 29th, click here.
Volume of shares traded on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday improved by 77.38 per cent as 422.45 million shares worth N3.25 billion were traded in 3,618 deals.
This was against 238.16 million shares valued at N5.49 billion traded in 4,162 deals on Thursday.
Unity Kapital was the most active stock, accounting for 231.41 million shares worth N115.71 million.
Access Bank had a turnover of 39.82 million shares valued at N403.34 million, while Fidelity Bank traded 17.15 million shares worth N22.35 million.
Guaranty Trust Bank sold 11.94 million shares valued at N485.67 million, while Diamond Bank traded 9.55 million shares worth N11.52 million.
The All-Share Index appreciation marginally by 70.60 points or 0.19 per cent to close at 36,646.46 against 36,575.86 achieved on Thursday.
Similarly, the market capitalisation, which opened at N12.606 trillion, rose by N25 billion or 0.20 per cent to close at N12.631 trillion.
International Breweries posted the highest price gain to lead the losers’ table, appreciating by N2.50 to close at N37 per share.
Nigerian Breweries came second with N2 to close at N190, while Stanbic IBTC grew by N1.49 per share to close N40 per share.
Flour Mills appreciated by N1.42 to close at N29.94, while Dangote Sugar rose by 60k to close At N13.65 per share.
On the other hand, Mobil Oil recorded the highest price loss for the day to lead the price losers’ chart, dropping N10.57 to close at N292.55 per share.
Unilever trailed with a loss of N1.50 to close at N41.30, while Dangote Cement shed 56k to close at N216 per share.
NASCON lost 50k to close at N13, while Guinness also dipped by 50k to close at N81.50 per share.