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FIDELITY Bank has launched a creative writing competition for secondary school students dubbed Read2Lead.

It is part of bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives designed to empower Nigerian youths with quality education.

Themed Read2lead, the three-stage competition would see secondary school students hone their reading and writing skills while competing for millions of naira in cash rewards, a book publishing deal, and the chance to have their school library renovated by the bank.

At the end of the 3 staged competitions, the star prize winner would go home with N2m cash, a book publishing deal worth N2m and another N2m to upgrade his/her school’s library; the first runner-up will receive an N1.5m cash prize; and the second runner-up will be awarded N1m.

The first stage of the Read2Lead initiative, tagged, “The National Writing Showdown”, would see participants from across Nigeria compete for a coveted spot among the top 150 writers through a creative writing task.

Successful students would thereafter move to the second stage known as “The Sweeta Writing Mastery”, where they would be tasked with writing an alternate ending for one of the selected books they would be asked to read.

In the third and final stage themed, “The Author’s Workshop”, the top 30 participants would participate in an immersive writing boot camp which would be anchored by experienced writers and facilitators who would also select the top three finalists.

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