Why Do You Matter?
A 200-word essay competition
Half Of A Yellow Sun
The Thing Around Your Neck
We Should All Be Feminists
alling on all female Nigerian students: you matter. Equally, too. There are no shoes you cannot fit; no barriers–social, economic or political–you cannot break. Your identity need not be shrunk by societal expectaions nor your equality be burdened with conditionality. Here, at The Book Banque, we believe that you matter. Though, like Adichie, we can give you a thousand and one reasons why, we would instead, like to hear it from you in 200 words.
The 10 best essays will each win a set of 6 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie books published by Narrative Landscape Press (NPL) in 2018.
So, tell us, why do you matter?
This giveaway was an essay competition open only to female students enrolled in Nigerian Secondary or Tertiary Institutions. It initially ran for a week in June and was later re-opened from July 2, 2018 to July 12, 2018 to allow for more submissions.
Proof of ID was required to verify the validity of the participants' enrolment.
10 winners were picked and announced on Sunday July 15th, 2018, based on the style and originality of their essays. All essays have been edited and published here.
This giveaway was sponsored by Amaka Mbaegbu―a strategy consultant passionate about female empowerment and progressive policies. Connect with her here.