The competition, which officially kicked off first week of April, with call for entries across the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria, saw 21 pupils emerge winners.
Speaking at the presentation of awards in Lagos, Friday, the Executive Director, Technology & Services, Skye Bank Plc, Innocent Ike, appreciated the children for believing in the Bank, and for taking up the challenge of going through the essay process.
He said: “as a bank, we believe in promoting excellence and we are happy that you have taken the challenge of going through the rigors of the competition by applying your thinking and expressing yourself, as best as you could.”
The ED congratulated the winners; Ajayi Samuel, Chiemeta Pascal, and Chukwuebuka Michael, and commended them for demonstrating unusual strength and brilliance. He also thanked their parents and teachers for standing by them till they emerged winners in the competition.
He charged and encouraged the winners and their colleagues who accompanied them to the award presentation to start saving early, as this will show they have plans for their future, noting that “as one of the largest retail banks in the country, we encourage savings.”
On what motivated the competition, the top banker said the competition’s overall goal is to develop in the Nigerian child, creativity, good presentation skills and proper use of English, as a medium of communication. Also, it is intended to inculcate in the Nigerian child, a culture of appreciation for the positive parental influence over their lives in shaping their destiny.
When asked how he feels about being one of the winners of the competition, Samuel Ajayi, a student of Caleb International College, Magodo, and the overall winner of the competition, said: “I’m very happy. It makes me feel good, and it makes my parents proud, and this has begun a good race in my life. My family and my friends will be happy with me.”
He added: “I will tell my friends that it is an amazing thing and I will like them to open a Skye Rainbow account with Skye Bank and take part in this competition in the future.”
His mother, Mrs Ololade Ajayi, said she was very happy on hearing the news of her son’s emergence as a winner in the competition. “All my children have Rainbow account. I opened the account for Samuel when he was three years old. Now he is 12 years old. I set up a standing order instruction which has been making it easy for me to have funds whenever I need money for his education. The Bank’s new Digital banking Solution; SkyeXperience, makes it even easier to set-up standing instructions,” she said.
A teacher with Caleb International College, Adeleke Olumeto, said, “I feel excited. I feel on top of the world. In fact, I am the one winning. You really rule the Sky. And this explains the depth of your love for younger generation which is the best anybody can do for them.”
On his part, the Directorate head, Lagos Business, Skye Bank Plc, Segun Opeke, commended the children for their achievement and challenged them to strive for excellence in all they do. “We are proud of you and we hope that as your future unfolds, we will hear more about you,” he added.