Group Launches the Verdant Scripts to Encourage Writing in Young People


In order to further educate, enlighten, and increase awareness about climate change and environmental sustainability, Port Harcourt-based, The Verdant Circus Africa Foundation, will on Friday, January 28, 2022, celebrate "2022 World Environmental Education Day."

Group launches ‘The Verdant Scripts’ to Immortalize Professor Tekena Nitonye Tamuno
The Verdant Scripts 1.0

The event, tagged "Today's Writers-Today's Leaders," is the first of its kind in the ‘The Verdant Scripts’ series and will be held at Den Bec Group of Schools, Rumuokoro, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

The Verdant Scripts are an inspiration to commemorate the late Professor Emeritus Tekena Nitonye Tamuno (TNT), the great historian of Africa.

The late TNT was and is still known for his unique style of documenting history, as seen in some of his books and papers, "The Evolution of the Nigerian State: The Southern Phase, and The Oil Wars in the Niger Delta."

According to the founder of the Verdant Circus Africa Foundation, Wonne Afronelly, "This maiden edition of the ‘VERDANT SCRIPTS 1.0 Essay & Poem Writing Competition’ is specifically slated to be held on the 90th posthumous birthday of the Great Historian Professor Emeritus Tekena Nitonye Tamuno (TNT.).

The late TNT was my benefactor during my university days as the Secretary and then the President of the National Union of Rivers State Students, University of Ibadan Chapter, and since 2022 marks 50 years since the first United Nations Conference event on the Human Environment was held, which happens to be one of the core areas my adopted grandpa wrote about, which bothers the Niger Delta pollution, "The Verdant Scripts" is an opportunity to raise awareness about climate change and environmental sustainability.

2019 World Environment Day
2019 World Environment Day 

"The essay and poem writing competition is also a platform to continue his legacy with respect to historical facts on environmental degradation and how to protect planet earth," she said.

Speaking on the goals and future aspirations of the event, Ms. Wonne said, "The public should expect a new style of motivation for young writers." Gone are the days when we say, "Today's readers are tomorrow's leaders."

In her words, "It was the yearning of the late Prof. TNT to see young people excel here in Nigeria and not necessarily abroad." So, this is a way to continue his good works, having benefited from his story-telling style of education.

"Like my father and king the 14th Nye-Ohna Omuogbor Royal Family Dynasty, His Royal Highness Evang. John WONNE also taught me, "Reading Maketh a Man, Conference a Ready Man, Writing an Exact Man," we are resolute about preparing African youths adequately for the present and the future.

She concluded that the program provides an avenue for African youth to appreciate and imbibe the values of honesty, creativity, hard work, innovation for environmental sustainability, and service to humanity, as exemplified by the notable Historian TNT.

The event will also feature a three-man panel of judges and a special music presentation by Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) of the Luther Welfare for Children at Risk Development Centre Eleme, Rivers State.

Participating in "The Verdant Scripts" is easy.

How to Get Involved in the Verdant ScriptsCompetition for Writing Essays and Poems 1.0

To enter, send a script on the environment, Green Garden City Past-Present-Future (1 page document of an essay or poem of 100-300 words) to [email protected] by January 26, 2022. Cash items to be won are: First Prize, $30; Second Prize, $20; and Third Prize, $10.

Prizes will be given on the same day at the venue.

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