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The 25th edition of CORA YOUTH CREATIVE ART hosted twelve government schools, both junior and secondary students. The event was held at The Garden in Freedom Park, Victoria Island. The delegate from each school — Sobande Omogbolahan from Epetedo Senior High School, Oyekachi Nice, and others — participated in the Live Writing Competition and Live Reading Competition on the theme: The Reset: History and the Darkling Plain. Some of the attended schools are Epetedo Senior and Junior High School, Boys Academy, Ebute Elefun Senior and Junior High School, Okesuna Junior School, Girls' Junior, and Senior High School, and Eko Akete Junior and Senior High School. Mrs Linda Amadi Olowookere, the coordinator of the event and member of CORA, organised the programme with Miss Tobi Olowookere. Mrs. Olowookere gave the opening remark and speech on the theme THE RESET, using the title "ART AND READING GIVE LIFE". She explained that the system of learning and reading has driven the interest of many students to academic success and fulfilment of a dream. She restated the significance of the theme with the scenes of Nigeria's economic detriment and underdevelopment. The delegates were divided into two sections:

The reading segment and the Writing segment, where she introduced the judges — Mr. Shina Loremikan, a retired journalist, formerly in Punch Newspaper and Media Consult, and Miss Bianca Ndupu, a member of Event by Nature, an author and an editor-in-Chief of Women Search Light Organisation.

The segment of the live writing competition comprised students who were ordered to write critically on the theme, "The Reset: History and the Darkling Plain", using their intuitive understanding of the theme, "RESET”. The delegates for live reading consisted of ten students and each student picked a book to read and highlighted vocabulary development, including their meaning. Some of the books provided for the delegates are That the Future May Live by Wole Soyinka, Left Behind the Kids by Jerry B. Jenkins, Search of God's Heartbeat by Rev. Mrs. Nches Iredu, and Wazobia by Modupe Odeniyi Ogbuanoh. The presentation of topics, new words, and reading was done by ten children to assess their reading speed, skill, and performance. It was affirmed that the purpose of the workshop is to build CORA COMMUNITY CLUB in suchools, enhancing the reading culture among the students.

Mr Shina Loremikan took the children on the impact of effective communication. He explained the technicality of language usage, coherence and cohesion which further promote a thorough understanding of a text between a writer and the audience. He referenced authors, great enthusiastic writers, and passionate role models — Martin Luther King, Eudora Welty the author of One Writer's Beginning —for their prolific work to charge the students in the aspect of academic mic proficiency.

Another member of CORA, Mrs. Feyisayo Adelakun used the clause "I am priceless no matter what people may do to me" to empower the girls to be self-independent. Practically, she addressed the issue of gender discrimination, gender partiality, and disenfranchisement by referencing her childhood. Thus, she urged the girls to embrace education which is a global opportunity for success and the fulfilment of dreams. In addition, the Chairman of Cora, Chief Kayode Aderinokun, expressed his gratitude for the initiative event to empower and educate the younger generation, especially, the readers. Moreover, Professor Patrick Oloko, a lecturer at the University of Lagos, spoke on the theme, "The Reset", with emphasis on career pursuit — chasing the dream. He told the children to erase the idea of over-ambitiousness in education. He added that the advantages of education are global recognition and mutual development. Also, he implored the children to prioritize education.

Similarly, Stephane Newell, a professor of English at Yale University, spoke on the spirit of leadership and the idea of teaching the children to inculcate the habit of teaching, using her profession as a case study to enlighten and educate the young ones.