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Dubai: Jerusha Sequeira wins Oxford University press story competition


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Dubai, Mar 11: Jerusha Sequeira, Mangalorean, doing her graduation in Journalism in the American University of Sharjah, has won the first prize in above 18 years category in the prestigious Third Oxford University Press Story Writing competition concluded on  March 8  here with a prize-giving ceremony for gifted young writers in the UAE.

Students from local schools in the country participated in the competition which was organized by the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in partnership with leading education publisher Oxford University Press.



The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Between Hello and Goodbye’ chosen by Carnegie Medal and Whitbread Prize-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean at the previous festival.

Judges lauded the high standard of the submissions that were received for the competition, saying that the quality of story-telling across all genres was particularly impressive.

The awards were presented to winning students by local children’s author Sahar Naja Mahfouz and UK children’s illustrator and author Sarah McIntyre, in the presence of Julie Till, Gulf Regional Manager for Oxford University Press, and Festival Director Isobel Abulhoul.

Winning entries are published in a bilingual book and winners also received trophies, signed books and tickets to Emirates Airline Festival of Literature creative-writing workshops.

Speaking on the occasion, Julie Till said, “Despite ever-growing distractions in the world, the participants of this competition have shown the compelling power of story-telling. There is such a wealth of creativity and talent in the UAE that needs to be nurtured and Oxford University Press is pleased to encourage this by sponsoring the competition.”

 Jerusha excels in many talents – she is a good speaker and a master of ceremony, a party organizer and above all a passionate writer which is her chosen profession. She is no stranger to the Daijiworld readers as she regularly contributes with her thought-provoking articles and comments all of them well-received by the huge readership of Daiji across the globe. She is a regular member of Gulf News (top UAE English daily) panel of commentators on local issues and views.

Born to a well-known local shipping businessman William Sequeira and his same-profession executive-wife Mary Sequeira who have been serving here in Dubai for the past three decades, Jerusha has been climbing the ladder of success ever since she has ventured into the professional studies of Journalism. It may be recalled that Jerusha has in the past also won distinct accolades such as Dubai International Film Festival Young Journalist Award 2012 and Sheikh Khalifa Award from American University of Sharjah for outstanding performance in academics, leadership potential and service to community.

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  • Lavina & Vincent Jossy Pinto, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Mar 13 2014

    Hi Jerusha, Hearty Congratulations. Best of luck for your future endeavors.

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  • J. sylvester, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 12 2014

    Congratulations Jerusha,wish you all the best. God bless you.
    J.S. Mangalore

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  • ORINE REGO, MANGALORE/DUBAI

    Wed, Mar 12 2014

    Congratulations Jerusha....fly high!

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  • Austin Prabhu, Nantur/Chicago

    Wed, Mar 12 2014

    Congratulations to Jerusha Sequeira on winning Oxford University Press Story Competition. Keep on writing God bless you always.

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  • Rony & Aboline D'Cunha, Koppa - Dubai

    Wed, Mar 12 2014

    Dear Jerusha,
    Hearty congratulations and all good wishes for success in your future endeavors. Hats off to the proud parents William & Mary, whose unstinted support to Jerusha has brought in such a prestigious laurel. Jerusha all the very best to achieve more.

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  • Felician Noronha, Mangalore/Dubai

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congrats Jerusha, May Success keep on following you

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  • Roydon Roche, Surathkal/Dubai

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congratulations Jerusha,
    You have a wonderful talent and may you win many more competitions. All the best for your future
    -From : Roydon, Pramila, Nahshon and Megan

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  • Janet Vaz, Dubai

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congratulations Jerusha!

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  • Gabriel, Sagar

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    India is the largest country in readership of any print materials in the world today. To win Oxford University Press story competition in the English speaking world is really a great feat. Prima and all the Best to the Winner! Long live India in the Overseas!

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  • Vincent Rego, Derebail / Kuwait

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congratulations Jerusha, you are indeed a star, All the best and Good luck for the future. God Bless. Congrats to Willi uncle and Mary Aunty on their daughters ongoing success.

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  • philomin rodrigues, dubai

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    dear jerusha,congratulations to u.v wish u all the very best.

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  • RITA RODRIGUES, DUBAI/MUMBAI/MANGALORE

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congratulations! woh excellent

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  • Kevin Lambert, Germany

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congratulations to you Jerusha. Wishing you a great future

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  • Mervin Thomas Pinto, Dubai

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congrats Jerusha. best of luck for your future work.

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  • ASIF, panakaje, Kuwait

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Kudos Jerusa

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  • Wilfred Tauro & family, Madanthyar, Dubai

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congratulations Jerusha, great achievements. Wish you all the best and May God bless you

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  • Joyce Rodrigues, Bejai/Dubai

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congratulations Jerusha. The new success of yours is yet another milestone in your success story.
    You are for sure going to attain new heights with lot more awards.

    From : Uncle Ivan, Aunty Joyce, Tanisha & Andrea.

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  • Victor / Savitha Fernandes, Kinnigoli / Dubai

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Dear Jerusha, Hearty Congratulations on your achievement, wishing you many more accolades.

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  • Clifford & Veena, Dubai

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congratulations Jerusha on the wonderful achievement!

    You have made your family and community proud!! Wishing you greater glory!!

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congratulations to Jerusha Sequeira for having won the Oxford University press story competition.We wish you many more laurels in the days to come and all the best.Thanq.

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  • Clifford Rego, Bejai / Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congratulations Jerusha. Wishing you the best and may you achieve much more. keep it up

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  • Rahul Poojary, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congrats Jerusha Sequeira.... Write something about Mangalore soon.

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  • Navin Rego, Bejai / Qatar

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Hi Jerusha, Hearty Congratulations on winning the competition. You have shown your true talents and potentials by this win! Good luck for your future achievements, hope to see you rise always. Do Celebrate your achievement merrily.

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  • Cyril Dsouza, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congratulation Jerusha and god bless for more such laurels in the years to come

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  • suneetha, mangalore

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congratulations Jerusha. Keep it up. May u have more accolades and success to follow.

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  • Jossie Mascarenhas, Bajpe / Dubai

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congrats Jerusha. Wishing you greater heights.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congrats Jerusha, & congrats to your parents & teachers too!! Very well done, You have more to achieve....keep up the good work.

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  • Musthafa, mangalore

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congrats...
    Mangalore is shining..

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  • Genevieve D'Souza, Bendore / Dubai

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congratulations Jerusha ! Glad to read about your achievement. Going forward, you will shine and make us Mangaloreans proud. Your parents must be proud of you.

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  • Julie, Kinnigoli/dubai

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congrats Jerusha on your achievement. keep writing. may you achieve many more accolades

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  • Thomas Scaria, Mangalore, Kabul

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Congratulations Jerusa. You have a good writing skill, anyway. I enjoyed your last article on America.

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