Spellers from Yabatech Secondary School, Victoria High School, Fountain Height School and Eric Moore High School, representing the selected Secondary Schools in Lagos State during the Spelling Bee Competition held at the NCC Lagos Office to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Commission.
Plans are underway by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) to institute a national competition to promote copyright knowledge amongst youths and school children while also highlighting the role of the creative sector in national development.
The copyright awareness competition will be part of programmes lined up by the Commission to celebrate the creative industries and their contribution to national growth as the country marks its 60th independence anniversary in 2020.
Director-General of NCC, Mr. John O. Asein, made this declaration sequel to the Spelling Bee Competition jointly organised by the Commission and Spelling Bee Nigeria for selected secondary schools in Lagos. The competition which held at the Lagos Office of the Commission on Friday 22 November 2019 was part of activities marking the 30th Anniversary celebrations of the NCC. The Commission was inaugurated on 19 August 1989.
“The Commission will intensify its engagement with youths and school children. It will increase the number of Copyright Clubs for awareness campaign in schools and vigorously pursue its goal of reaching out to one million school children with its simple copyright learning kit: “What is Copyright?” as part of its mass education strategy,” the Director-General stated.
Victoria High School emerged the overall winner of the Spelling Bee Competition out of the four selected secondary schools comprising eight spellers, two from each school. Moderated by a representative of Spelling Bee Nigeria, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho and Head of Prosecution Unit of NCC, Lagos Office, Mrs. Linda Alpheus, other participants in the competition were Yabatech Secondary School, Eric Moore High School and Fountain Height School, Lagos.
The Director-General, who was represented on the occasion by a Deputy Director and State Coordinator of NCC, Lagos, Mr. Michael Dada Ojo, commended the participants for their willingness and courage to participate in the competition. He charged the students to be of exemplary conduct and avoid patronising pirated materials, especially pirated books.
According to him, the Commission would soon be visiting the schools that participated in the competition to set up Copyright Clubs for easier dissemination of copyright knowledge.
Mr. Asein noted that the planned national copyright completion would boost the copyright knowledge of youths and school children and assist them to better appreciate the value of the creative sector and the immense repertoire of Nigerian creative works.
“It is imperative for children to know the icons of creativity in all the genres of copyright, including literary works, artistic works, musical works, sound recording, cinematograph films and broadcasts in order to better appreciate Nigeria as a country with immense potentials and global relevance in the field of creativity.
At the end of the four rounds of the competition, the winner, Victoria High School clinched a plaque and a cash prize of N20,000; the first runner-up, Fountain Height School, received a plaque and a cash prize of N15,000; while the second runner-up, Yabatech Secondary School was presented with a plaque and a cash prize of N10,000. The third runner-up, Eric Moore High School was presented with a plaque and N5,000 cash prize. Their teachers and coaches also received honorariums.
A celebrity actress, Stephnora Okorie who anchored the prize presentations charged the students to always read their books diligently and urged those interested in taking up acting as a career to go for it.