Akunna James-Ibe Wins 2018 PositiveNaija Essay Competition

Recently updated on December 23rd, 2018 at 12:20 am

Akunna James-Ibe has emerged the overall winner of the 2018 PositiveNaija essay competition, themed: The Love of a Nigerian!

The 2018 PositiveNaija essay competition (June 1 – October 1, 2018) is purposed towards informing the world what genuinely makes Nigeria and Nigerians kind, cooperative, tolerant and well-meaning towards one another and humanity today.

The PositiveNaija annual essay competition aims to encourage Nigerian patriotism, impactful scholarship, nation building, as well as inspire as a platform for excellence.


1st Prize

Miss Akunna James-Ibe emerged overall winner with her Essay and with a total weighted score of 3,351.8. Miss Akunna James-Ibe receives a cash prize of 80,000 and her essay will be published as the foreword in the 2018 PositiveNaija Series.

2nd Prize 

Mr. Ogigbah Esiri emerged second position winner with his Essay and with a total weighted score of 3,284.6. Mr. Ogigbah Esiri receives a cash prize of 55,000.

3rd Prize 

Mr. Adu Michael Adeyemi emerged third position winner with his Essay and with a total weighted score of 1,607.4. Mr. Adu Michael Adeyemi receives a cash prize of 30,000.

4th Position – Abdullateef Olasubomi Abdul, receives a cash prize of ₦15,000;

5th Position – Iteire Afor Darlington, receives a cash prize of ₦10,000; and

6th Position – Udeme Akpan, receives a cash prize of ₦10,000.

Certificates are issued to the writers of the top six (6) best entries. The essays of the 2nd – 6th positions are published in the 2018 PositiveNaija Series. In addition, the essays of the 1st – 6th positions are published weekly on the PositiveNaija website.

Akunna James-Ibe
Final computation for the Top 3 Winners

According to the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of PositiveNaija, Mr. Toju Micheal Ogbe:

“We thank God Almighty as we are once again pleased with another realization and success of the annual essay competition (now in its second edition) – improving on the strategy, organisation, set objective and response by the participants.

I believe in no small measure that certain salient but highly relevant revelations on factors contributing to the love (kindness, tolerance, goodness) in the hearts of Nigerians and Nigeria as a country have been unveiled through these essays and should be further amplified with sincere, practicable and intense convictions.

These factors include: Nigeria’s cultural/communal approach to living on shared values of respect, hospitality and empathy; the mindfulness of the family unit as the cornerstone of our society; the godly virtues emphasized by religion; the Nigerian spirit of resilience unto unity and progress; as well as longstanding beliefs of peaceful and positive diplomacy in the world.

Our essay competition is a long-term vision towards becoming the most rewarding essay competition in Nigeria – not just financially but most importantly, upholding the values of purposeful insight, critical-thinking, transparency and accountability.

We appreciate the writers of the essays we received this year (77 in total – 77 Nigerians). We appreciate their courage, trust and hope in a greater Nigeria, their intellectual brilliance as well as their confidence in our execution. Together with the writers, we express gratitude to the general public with their respective support particularly during the public voting proceedings.

Once again, we thank profoundly Mrs. Eire Ifueko Alufohai, Sharon Kaburuk (Mrs.), Mr. Osagie James Osemwegie and Mr. Emmanuel Akpata, for their swift interest, wisdom, time and intellectual support continuing as Advisory Judges for the essay competition this year.

We also express our heartfelt gratitude to our sponsors for this year’s essay competition [Geo-Group Limited, GreCo Power & Energy Limited and I. T. I.] and advisors [Elijah Ezaga, Chidinma Ubochi, and many others] for their kind contributions; a testament of their belief in our vision and mission.

We look forward to next year’s edition and further improvement in every aspect.”


PositiveNaija is a multimedia news, information and forum platform, with the vision of having the most reliable platform for informing the world of the truly impactful, positive, valuable, inspiring, educative and worthy updates associated with Nigeria and Nigerians globally based on consistent objectivity and excellence.

The aim is to positively – inspire, educate and redefine the standards of Nigeria’s values based system.

As a human-centered enterprise, the mission of PositiveNaija is to continuously strive towards creating a good, well-informed and empathetic society for Nigeria and Nigerians through news management and impactful initiatives.

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