OAU Graduate Emerges Winner of 2023 WIPO Essay Competition

Farinmade, said that he participated in the competition to share his knowledge and give recommendations on gender inclusivity on IP space.
Adedoyin Farinmade with a stakeholder of the the 2023 World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
Adedoyin Farinmade with a stakeholder of the the 2023 World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) NAN

Mr Adedoyin Farinmade, graduate student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, has emerged as overall winner of the 2023 World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Nigeria National Essay Competition.

This was revealed by the Director, WIPO Nigeria Office, Mr Tobi Moody, when he led the competition’s finalists on a study tour of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) office in Abuja.

According to Moody, WIPO Nigeria Office usually holds the essay competition to engage students in tertiary institutions on the subject of Intellectual Property (IP).

“What we try to do is to give them a topic that is centered on the theme of the World IP Day.

“For this year, the students have written an essay on Gender Inclusivity as a Means of Driving Equation and Creativity in Nigeria.

“I’m pleased to tell you that all the students represented here have stood out exceptionally in terms of ideas and on the basis of that they have been invited for a study tour in Abuja.

“We have decided to do a study tour to give students an opportunity to meet relevant stakeholders and institutions that are related to intellectual property in Nigeria.

“That is why we have come on a tour to the Nigerian Copyright Commission,” he Stressed.

The WIPO director thanked the Commission for extending the hands of fellowship to the winners of the 2023 WIPO Nigeria National Essay Competition.

On his part, the Director-General of NCC, Dr John Asein, commended the finalists for recording the feat.

Asein, who was represented by Mr Mike Akpan, the Director, Regulatory and Compliance, said that the commission developed the initiative titled “We Win IP’’.

According to him, this means empowering women in IP.

He said that members of the commission had thought that a woman would emerge overall winner for the 2023 edition, “but surprisingly a man emerged winner this year.”

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