BCH-Nigerian-Forum Xmas Writing Challenge - Results
There was a writing challenge sponsored by my Nigerian BCH promoters as a way of celebrating the Christmas holiday, behold the result.
To eliminate all forms of bias, certain guidelines were set as a way of grading each article as fairly as possible and an external judge with no affiliate to read.cash was given permission to mark each of them. (besides, if I were to be the judge, I will pull up some lines that will make even the great Simon Cowell shiver, just kidding)
I had to pleasure of re-accessing each article to ensure their authenticity and they all checked out, each writer had something amazing to tell, and the scores were really close. I think we have some ties.
A big thank you goes out to the sponsors of this challenge and all the participants, thank you for supporting this initiative, this wouldn't be complete without any of you.
Let's go through what each writer had to present, shall we?
A 10 10-year-oldy wakes up one Christmas morning to discover everyone was gone, both of his parents had gone out, a fact he was aware of, but still, none of his siblings were around.
Trying to find solace in his loneliness, he goes to put on the TV to probably watch Superman kick Captain America ass but then the power went off (What the fudge is this - he must have wondered).
Suddenly, biscuit started to fall from the ceiling, the shocked and confused little boy thought it was manna from heaven, anyway, his siblings revealed to him that he just got pranked and they were responsible for the said "manna from heaven", they all shared a big laugh even as his parents walked in, an unforgettable Christmas indeed.
This one had a little dark twist to it, somewhere in Nigeria, in a village, there is a thick forest no hunter or farmer dares venture into, only a few ever live to tell the tale of their experience.
It was the holidays so Talon and his family traveled to the village, Dad didn't believe in such superstitions so he went into the forest to get a good Christmas tree (Dad is so brave). Talon wanted to show he was a big boy so he tagged along only for him to back out later, at least he waited in front of the forest alone for almost 6 hours (hats off).
Wait, 6 hours, and dad wasn't back yet, he panicked and ran back home to inform the whole neighborhood (Ara adugbo, e bo si ta, nkan ti sele- a cry for help in my native language). His mother was scared and the whole villagers chickened out (get it? it's Christmas and they were Chicken, if you don't laugh at my joke, Santa won't visit you with gifts next year).
Lost in confusion, the hero arrives and the whole family was happy to see him and he was back with more than a tree, Talon now had a pet Rabbit for Christmas and he had also caught an antelope, meat for everyone people.
A very interesting read simply because I could relate to it. Back in the days the elderly women were revered and respected by the little ones simply because they told amazing stories.
At night, the little kids would gather in front of her hut, a small bonfire would get going as we all lay our mat to listen to their stories, but it so happened that Grandma passed on breaking our hearts (may her gentle soul rest in peace)
In this article, the Queen wrote of such stories Grandma told her about the holy night Jesus was born, I won't rob you of the opportunity, check it out for yourself.
I won't deny that I loved this article the most, I think you should definitely check it out.
It passes along a message that we need to take with us even as we enter into the new year, "The importance of Family".
As little kids we would always expect mom and dad to provide us with clothes and shoes for the Christmas celebrations but have you ever wondered the sacrifices they make just to make that a possibility?
What if a time comes and they are no longer there to celebrate it with you? This was what a little child had to deal with in the article. Fear of loss has a way of improving maturity even in small minds.
If you want to make the world a better place then change has to begin with you.
This was a beautiful work of fiction that spoke about a little girl and the visit she got from Santa. The little woke up to discover she was all alone when Santa came to visit, a semi-conscious dream.
Santa passed along a message to her through a story, again, I would recommend you read it yourself.
Christmas is about giving and showing love, let's all try to do that in our way (however little), it's the thought that counts.
I had a very good laugh reading this.
Do you remember when you were little and your school would organize Christmas carol and they would have to fly all the way from Rome to Nigeria just to make that happen? Yeah, we were tricked.
James had to learn this the hard way when he discovered Santa Claus was his uncle in a mask all along. I still believe in Santa though.
This article was filled with amazing Christmas pictures in a very peaceful environment (I love the one with the beautiful dog).
She really did the most to make this celebration wonderful for everyone around her, I wish I was there, I would have a plate or two.
She defined why Christmas meant to her by giving, Christmas is time to show love and there is love in sharing and giving. A clear message to everyone out there.
This young man had lost his Christmas spirit (as have we), he wasn't even sure this Christmas would leave any fond memories until he went for a Christmas Carol and watched the little kids just having fun. That was enough push to awaken the Christmas spirit.
I was a little bit upset I wasn't invited but after watching the you-tube video clip and seeing those pictures, I couldn't stay angry again, I miss loving Christmas, I miss being a little kid.
It would appear Esther and I both shared a love for food (especially the chicken legs), note the use of the paste tense -Shared.
Raise hands if Mom and Dad still buy you Christmas clothes - you can signify in the comment section.
As we grow into adults, we start to acquire more responsibilities and soon we start to lose interest in certain things. Sometimes it could be our Christmas spirit, other times it could be our love for Chicken legs.
I will come clean here, I used to be one of those guys who believed that Christmas time was the best time to fall in love (to be fair, just get a mistletoe and get a kiss from your crush, the rest would be history).
Pearl, a girl from a rich family was forced to get into a relationship with her father's business partner, but she disagreed.
To be fair, arranged marriages aren't really the best, it may have worked in the past but it's slowly fading out.
Anyway, Pearl and her gym instructor decided to fake being in a relationship to get Dad to shut up after he had threatened his daughter to get into a relationship before Christmas (Where are my feminist at?).
Long story short, Pearl fell in love with her gym instructor and they lived happily ever after. There are bits to this story that haven't been published yet so I'm hoping for a continuation to fill the holes.
In this article, she shared her Christmas experiences with us starting with getting new clothes and gifts and the wonderful memories she spent with her family. Those are the things that need to be cherished.
Of course, it soon got busy as soon as she listed out the chores she would have to carry out before, during, and after the celebration this year, more grease to your elbow sister, I can relate. I hope it turned out better than expected.
I used to think he was of Japanese descent with that username.
Before I summarise this article, if you had to choose between 100000 BCH and family, which would you choose? I will definitely choose family. I can hear Dom (From fast and furious) saying to me right now - "the most important thing in life is Family"
A young naive boy who thought having a Christmas gift was more important than family so out of anger he made a wish to have infinite Christmas presents in exchange for his family and the wish came through.
At first he was very happy but soon he realized having all the gifts in the world with no one to share it with is just so lonely, he cried and cried, fortunately for him, it wasn't real, he ran towards his family full of joy. Charles became a changed person.
Alright, I think I have done enough justice to each of the articles.
The winners are....(drum rolls)
1 - @Oikawa scored a high score of 18/20
2- @Aimure, the first runner up with a score of 17/20
3- @The.Ada with a score of 16/20
Really close scores.
Drop a comment below to get your reward, same applies to everyone tagged in this article, you all get something for participating.
Happy New year in Advance my friends.
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