GGAC Essay Competition
"Digital Generation. Our Generation"
We are elated to announce the winners of our annual Essay competition!
In October 2021, we launched our 4th annual essay competition opened to Nigerian girls between the ages of 13-19. Entrants were invited to submit a 2,000-word essay in English addressing the question: “What is the role of gender in discussing the digital generation in Nigeria?"
The topic was in sync with the theme of the International Day of the Girl Child, 2021, “Digital Generation, Our Generation”. We aimed to highlight the gender gap that exists in technology and the danger it poses to our society if not addressed.
This year, we received 15 applications from different parts of the country and we are happy to announce the 3 winners.
2021 Essay Competition:
Meet the Winners
In first place is Chidinma Faith Onyenweaku, a 19-year-old girl from Abia State University Uturu, Abia State. In her Essay, she explained the causes of the gender disparity in the digital generation and how to address them. According to Chidinma:
“In many developing countries, Nigeria inclusive, the issue of gender divides in different aspects of the society such as politics, education, national economy, etc., is very evident. It is therefore no surprise that it is also seen in the digital generation and online platforms and spaces. The disparity between genders in the society, the inequality in the labour market, inequality of opportunities, pay, progression and benefits has also crept into the digital generation. It would also appear that, the already obvious gender bias has also been imported to the digital space.”
You can read her full entry here.
In second place, we have Onwubiko Marylydia, a 16-year-old girl from Queens Secondary School, Enugu. In her essay, she noted that:
“The digital society is not just one thing; it’s a collection of things. The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing. Every generation brings something new to the workplace, using digital tools in a way that can be highly useful when leveraged properly; this idea should also revolve around bringing women to contribute to the digital footprints and innovations!”
The complete essay entry can be read here.
In third place is Fatima Sharif from Bridge House College, Ikoyi, Lagos. Fatima delved into the topic from an African context. She talked about how several cultural practices also contribute to the gender digital divide in Nigeria. Below is an excerpt of her essay:
“Gender plays a big role to digital generation in Nigeria. Girls and women have less access to technology and the internet compared to boys and men. The gender digital divide in access to the internet remains largest in the world’s least developed countries at 32.9%, yes I’ve done my research on that. Most women are not educated, girls get married off as young as the age of 9. Some barely finish Junior secondary school. Nigerians have a stereotype of grooming girls just to be wives, how they’re expected to act, speak, dress and conduct themselves based upon their gender.”
You can read her full essay here.
We sincerely appreciate everyone who took out time to participate in this edition of our annual Essay Competition; everyone had a brilliant argument. We especially thank our key sponsor of this year’s essay competition, and everyone who contributed in one way or another to make this edition a success.
About the Competition:
The Give Girls A Chance Essay Competition is implemented as part of the Give Girls A Chance Foundation's effort to increase access to quality education for the Nigerian girl child. The goal of this Competition is to give young Nigerian girls the opportunity to develop constructive and innovative ideas to address existing development challenges in Nigeria. Now in its fifth year, the competition aims to support the voice and agency of young Nigerian girls, whilst leveraging the ideas and innovations led by young people in tackling some of the challenges facing Nigeria.