On February 16, the Writing Center kicked off its reading competition for Spring 2018. This maiden contest was organized by student tutors.
Interim Dean of SAS, Dr. Patrick Fay, opened the competition with a few remarks. He said reading is very important, and critical to the development of writing skills.
Interim Director of the Center, Ms. Emilienne Akpan, said the competition has a lot of benefits for the university community, especially as AUN offers the American-style liberal arts education. She said the essence is to inculcate the reading culture in students, to complement the activities designed to enhance effective writing skills.
“As a liberal arts institution, we all know that there is a written component to every single course, but we should also understand that to be great writers, we equally need to be avid readers.”
Besides giving students the opportunities to enjoy narratives other than the texts in their course materials, Ms. Akpan said the competition allows them to test their comprehension and retention skills; and get celebrated for these competencies.”
The competition has three rounds, and in the first one, the contestants each had 10 questions to answer from five books which they all read: Eze Goes to School, A Woman in Her Prime, The Thing Around Your Neck, The Last Days at Forcados High School, and The Trouble with Nigeria.
There were also bonus questions to help them improve on their scores. New book lists will be distributed for the second and final stages which will be announced in due course.
The contestants for this session’s Reading Competition are Ifeoluwa Funsho, third-year Software Engineering major; Pepsitemi Sanga, second-year Software Engineering major; and Rahama Olaniyan, a first-year Computer Science major. The winner will be declared the Writing Center’s pioneer Ambassador.
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa