On Thursday, July 28th, 2022, Imhotep’s Legacy Academy’s (ILA) hosted its first Essay Writing Contest at the Marion McCain Building (6135 University Avenue, Halifax, NS (Nova Scotia), B3H 4R2). The theme of the essay was “Black People’s History in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)”. 20 students between grades 7-10 submitted their original work for judging and 6 of them were selected for the final round where they had 10 minutes each to read their essays to the judging panel, for a chance to win the contest.

The Essay Writing Contest event was part of the Black People’s History of Canada (BPHC) conference: “Past/Future: African Canadian History, Arts and Culture in STEM Education” which was held from July 26th – 28th, 2022. This year’s event was sponsored by BPHC.

Gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded to the top three participants indicating their rank.

In 1st place we had Zoe Abiagom who received an Apple iPad (10.2-inch, 64 GB, Wi-Fi), in 2nd place we had Elshaday Nebiyou who received an Apple Watch Series 3 and in 3rd place we had Daniella Abiagom who received a Beats Studio Buds.

Honorable Mention Medals and Sony Over-Ear Headphones were also awarded to the participants that ranked 4th – 6th place. ILA swag bags were distributed to all top 6 participants.

                                                            2022 Essay Writing Contest Standings  

Rank Student Name  Prize 
1 Zoe Abiagom  Apple iPad (10.2-inch, 64 GB, Wi-Fi) 
2 Elshaday Nebiyou  Apple Watch Series 3 
3 Daniella Abiagom  Beats Studio Buds 
 4 Ebunoluwa Akitobi  Sony Over-Ear Headphones 
 5 Ifeoluwa Akitobi  Sony Over-Ear Headphones 
 6 Ini Ogunlaiye  Sony Over-Ear Headphones 


Participant Essays 

Student Name Student Essay (PDF)
Zoe Abiagom The Struggles of Black People In STEM 
Elshaday Nebiyou Dr. Sophia B. Jones; It is Time to Give her, her Long Deserved and Overdue Recognition
Daniella Abiagom The Journey of Black People In S.T.E.M
Ebunoluwa Akitobi Black People’s History in STEM
Ifeoluwa Akitobi Black People’s History in STEM
Ini Ogunlaiye Black People’s History in STEM

Some pictures from the event!