In 1972, the UN General Assembly designated 5 June as World Environment Day (WED). WED is the United Nations’ main machinery for encouraging awareness, call for action and ensure safety of the environment. The inaugural theme “Only One Earth” was celebrated in 1974 in the city of Spokane in the USA. Forty-eight years later the theme is recycled for the 2022 WED celebration. Different educative themes and topics such as air biodiversity, ecosystem restoration, pollutions, plastic pollution, illegal wildlife trade, sustainable consumption, sea-level increase, and food security, among others have been used at one time or the other. Importantly, the trajectory of annual WED themes helps drive change in consumption patterns and in formulation and execution of national and international environmental policies.

The Emeraldscape Environmental Development World Environment Day (EMEND WED) Writing Competition was borne out of the need to align with the 1974 founding principles and intentions especially creating awareness among young people in Nigeria with laser focus on undergraduates in the nation’s higher institutions of learning. This is to is to sensitize our teaming youths on sustainable solutions to global environmental crisis and to compliment the efforts of government and corporate organizations on achieving sustainable, green and healthy environment.

The place of youths in any development plan of action is premium if we must achieve any significant outcome as we deal with global climate crises; food insecurity from unpredictable harsh whether conditions and so on ravaging the world including Nigeria. Towards youth engagement and in compliance with the United Nations SDGs (4) Quality Education and (13) Climate Action


EMEND has successfully held the competition twice (2020 and 2021).

The maiden Edition in 2020 had;

Winner – Michael-Adekunle Shalom – Law – UNILAG

1st Runner Up – Faturoti Boluwatife – Law – University of Ibadan

2nd Runner Up – Idowu Olajumoke Grace – Law – University of Ibadan

3rd Runner Up Ufedo-Ojo Eleojo Adaji – Medical Radiography – UNN

4th Runner Up – Eguaoje Joy Boluwatife – Law – University of Ibadan

The 2021 Edition had;

Winner – Abobade Jacob Olayide – Env. Mgt & Toxicology – University of Benin

1st Runner Up – Arinze Michael Matthew – Law – University of Calabar

2nd Runner Up – Ufedo-Ojo Eleojo Adaji – Medical Radiography – UNN

3rd Runner Up – Ehwarieme Oghenerugba Urinrin – Law – Edo State University Uzairue

4th Runner Up – Alao Aanuaoluwapo Mary – Nursing – University of Ibadan

In commemoration of this year’s World Environment Day, CALEB ANTHONY OSAGIE 200 Level Student of the College of Medicine, University of Benin has emerged the winner of this year’s writing competition beating over 100 other participants to clinch the first position.

The year’s writing competition pitched with the Topic: WE ONLY HAVE ONE EARTH: MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES TODAY FOR TOMORROW in consonance with this Year’s WED global theme ONLY ONE EARTH. Entries commenced on Sunday, 1st May 2022 until midnight of Sunday, 15th May, 2022 closing with a total of 137 entries from over 50 tertiary institutions across Nigeria.

This year’s competition introduced a virtual screening of the top 10 entries in order to ascertain originality of the submitted essays.

Our top five (5) winners at the 3rd (2022) Edition are:

  1. Caleb Anthony Osagie                     – 200L              – Medicine & Surgery            – University of Benin
  2. Oke-Samuel Jethro                          – 400L              – Law                                         – Elizade University
  3. Adeoye Samuel Adeboye                – 200L              – Law                                         – University of Ibadan
  4. Efe-Umaigba Ofure                        – 100L               – Medicine & Surgery            – University of Benin
  5. Attah-Onoja Eleojo Joy                 – 100L               – Law                                         – UNN

Congratulations to all the participants.



Sincere appreciation to our sponsors and partners in no particular order;

  1. Worldlillies Hotel & Resort
  2. Food & Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA)
  3. GreenPower Overseas Limited
  4. Raise A Farmer Initiative (RAFI)
  5. Mai-Yun Multiglobal Koncept
  6. Resolve Global Media
  7. Mr. Dayo Apata, SAN
  8. ArchiVilles
  9. Mr. Olumide Jeje
  10. Mr. Olalekan Akinsete



Name WED ID 1st Assessment 2nd Assessment 3rd Assessment Average


Efe-Umaigba Ofure WED/2022/0009 75% 63% 70 69 4th
Oke-Samuel            Jethro WED/2022/0065 75% 73% 70 73 2nd
Adeoye Samuel Adeboye WED/2022/0043 76% 74% 65 72 3rd
Anthony Caleb Osagie WED/2022/0029 88% 77% 60 75 1st
Attah-Onoja Eleojo Joy WED/2022/0060 70% 70% 55 65 5th