The Papyrus Initiative Essay Competition: Winning Entries

The Winners of the 3rd Edition of the Papyrus Initiative Essay also the Eyitayo Memorial Essay Competition were awarded at the Health Conference of the Ifumsa Health Week held on Monday, October 30, 2023.

This year’s competition which was titled “The Influence of Social Media on the Nigerian Health Space: Innovations,
Ethical Considerations and Recommendations
” had 20 entries from different departments on campus out of which 15 were shortlisted for the next grading process and 3 of 5 entries emerged in the final stage.

The best participant received a cash reward of ₦50,000. While the first and second runner-ups carted away ₦30,000 and ₦20,000 respectively.

Among the awards given was also a recognition for the Best Medivoice entry who was awarded a monetary sponsorship, courtesy of the club. The 3rd & 4th Runner ups (Fourth and fifth winners) are to be awarded a free copy of the latest edition of the Caduceus Magazine and all participants will be receiving a certificate of participation.

Here are the top five winners of the General Category:
1st Position: Famuyiwa Adekunle , Law 500L
2nd Position: Aluko-Olokun Kikiloba, 200L Medicine And Surgery
3rd Position: Ibikunle Daniel, Law 500L
4th Position: Daniel Jeremiah, Medicine and Surgery, 300L
5th Position: Bakenne H. Ademola, Pharmacy 400L

Also, the top four winners from MediVoice in no particular order are:
Arowosola Damilola Esther, 200L Medicine and Surgery
Alimi Oluwatobi, 200L Medicine and Surgery

Damilola Akinbo, 300L Medicine and Surgery
Ogunlana Klistivivi, New 400L , Medicine and Surgery

Judging Criteria

In light of the latest developments in technology, we refined our judging criteria to include the following key dimensions-

Plagiarism checks

Artificial intelligence detection

Originality and creativity

Adherence to essay guidelines including formating guidelines, word count and citation style

Relevance to the topic

Clarity of thoughts and expression

Excerpts from the Winning Entries

Famuyiwa Adekunle identified various social media innovations in the Nigerian Health space today including ‘telemedicine
and virtual healthcare, health campaigns and social awareness, and increased access to health information’.

Ibikunle Daniel went on to explain that, ‘While it’s tempting to proffer medical counsel and solutions on social media,
especially in an emergency, diagnosing specific medical disorders or recommending treatments without a complete examination is unethical. Instead patients should be urged to seek in-person medical treatment or telemedicine consultations for personalized and reliable

One of the recommendations suggested by Aluko-Olokun Kikiloba is that “a group or an association should be formed where relevant, reputable and verified professionals can become members. As members, their jobs will be to share credible health news to the public via social media.”

Ogunlana Klistivivi proposed a three-pronged approach that ‘harnesses the positives, addresses the ethical challenges, and mitigates the disadvantages’ as a recommendation for embracing social media use in Nigeria health space.

For further appraisal of the winning entries, click the links below:

Winner’s Entry

Second Runner Up

Best MediVoice Entry

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