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Black History Month Essay Competition: CMS Grammar School Students Emerge Winners

Black History Month Essay Competition: CMS Grammar School Students Emerge Winners

Two senior students of CMS Grammar School, Lagos, Nigeria, have emerged 1st and 2nd in an essay writing competition organized by the University of Lagos and University of West Indies’ Institute of African and Diaspora Studies.

The students, Taiwo George-Taylor and Prosper Nnabuchi competed with students from other schools in Nigeria to win the first and second prizes in the essay competition in celebration of the Black History Month 2021.

A student of legacy secondary school, Igbobi College, Lagos came third in the competition.

Also called African American History Month, Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African-Americans.

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Some countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, dedicate a month to celebrating Black history.

Just recently some European and African countries have also joined in celebrating the month by organising different activities to promote and celebrate black excellence.

Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS) and University of Lagos in conjuction with the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC) hosts the Black History Month annually.

Asides from the essay writing competition, the event also feature talks, African Village, exhibitions and cultural displays.

The Black History Month is from February 1 to March 1, 2021.

CMS Grammar School is the first secondary educational institution in Nigeria. It was founded in 1859 and is dedicated to excellence in teaching, learning, and moral values. And, to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference continentally and globally.

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