- A 6-year-old boy Umar Akinola has been declared the winner of 2018 FUMCI's Quranic competition
- He became the overall winner after defeating other 55 contestants in grand finale of the competition
A 6-year-old Umar Akinola has won 2018 edition of Faith Unites Muslims Charity Initiative (FUMCI)'s children Quranic competition.
NAIJ.com regional reporter, Sola Adetona, reports that the little Umar was the youngest among fifty five contestants who took part in the grand finale of the programme held at Mainland local government area of Lagos on Sunday, August 26.
The contestants were from five categories which comprised: Qur'an, Hadith, Solat, Fiqh and Tahdub.
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It was gathered that in each category, three winners emerged - first, second and third respectively.
In Hadith category, Umar came first while Nuroh Nasir, and Kaothar Akinola took second and third positions respectively.
The foundation rewarded Nuroh Nasir with electric kettle while the second runner-up in Hadith category, Kaothar Akinola, got electric iron as her own prize.
The brilliant Umar also emerged the winner in the Quran category, making him the winner in two categories - Quran and Hadith.
He also beat the winners in other categories to emerge the overall winner of the competition.
Umar received a big washing machine as overall prize and he got two blenders as prizes for Hadith and Qur'an.
While presenting the prizes to the winners, the FUMCI thanked Allah for making the fourth edition of the competition a successful one, saying that this year edition was spectacular because the overall winner was the youngest among the contestants.
In his remarks, Barrister Saheed Akinola, the father of the winner, Umar, gave thanks to Allah for making the event a reality.
He said he didn't register Umar and his two sisters for the competition in order to win the prize but to build confidence in them for future challenges.
According to him, "I am very happy that Umar emerged the overall winner even though I didn't envisage this. But all glory and adoration is to Allah, the most High. I want to say that all the contestants are winners. It just that one person has emerge the overall winner.
“I want to sincerely appreciate FUMCI for giving us the opportunity to partake in this competition, may Almighty Allah continue to uplift this charity organisation.
"I want to equally encourage the parents to ensure that they complement the efforts of their children's Mudaarisuun (Arabic teachers) by being their teachers at home.
Speaking with NAIJ.com on his victory at the competition, the elated Umar said: "Alhamdulillah, I am very happy for this. I thank Allah."
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, conferred an award of excellence on a pupil, Muhammad Shamsudeen, for memorising the Holy Qur’an at the age of three.
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