Annual Essay Competition & Nigerian Contests


The 2020 PositiveNaija Essay Competition aims to promote: the clarity of the common objective(s) and usefulness of the Nigerian state; Nigerian patriotism; impactful scholarship as well as serve as a platform for excellence!

Title of Essay:



Inform the world on what genuinely gives you confidence on the reason(s) why Nigeria exists as a country today for the good of Nigerians and humanity.


  • Essay submissions are free – at no cost to the participants
  • Open to all persons of any nationality
  • Participants and winners of the previous PositiveNaija initiatives can still participate
  • PositiveNaija Team and the Advisory Judges are not eligible [excluding the Volunteers – who have no involvement in the organisation of the Event]

purpose of Nigeria competition

Essay format:

  • Maximum of 1,500 words.
  • At the beginning or end of the essay, state only your full names, nationality, email and telephone number(s).
  • Must be submitted in both MS Word & Portable Document format (PDF).

Essay expectations:

  • One (1) essay submission per person.
  • Must be original, no plagiarism and not previously published.
  • The competition language and the language of entries is English.
  • Truth, logical consistency, facts with reliable references, narrative structure/organisation, creativity/initiative.
  • Once an essay is submitted, it is considered a final submission and may not be modified, edited, or replaced.

Reward [cash prizes]:

  • 1st prize: 70,000
  • 2nd prize: 50,000
  • 3rd prize: ₦30,000

Reward [certificates]:

Top 10

Reward [publication]:

  • 1st position: Essay is published as the ‘Foreword’ in the 2020 PositiveNaija Series
  • 2nd – 10th positions: Essays published in the 2020 PositiveNaija Series
  • 1st – 10th positions: Essays are published weekly on the website.


  • Submission dates by participants: July 1 – 31, 2020 (SEE ANNEX 4 for status of entries).
  • PositiveNaija review and submit Top 10 best entries to Advisory Judges: August 1 – 9, 2020.
  • Blind review by Advisory Judges who shall [individually] assess, grade and rank the entries: August 10 – 30, 2020.
  • Decision on Top 10 entries by Advisory Judges are published (without ranking) on the Competition Page: 1st September 2020.

*Decisions by the Judges are final and are not subject to legal appeal

  • Profiles of the Top 10 participants are requested and Top 4th – 10th are published: September 1 – 5, 2020
  • The audience will then determine the final ranking for Positions 4th – 10th with an open and public online vote – multiple votes are allowed (SEE ANNEX 1 below for voting weights): September 6 – 13, 2020
  • PositiveNaija collates; prepares and issue certificates: September 14 – 19, 2020
  • The audience will then determine the final ranking and winner (Top 3) with an open and public online vote – multiple votes are allowed (SEE ANNEX 1 below for voting weights): September 20 – 27, 2020
  • PositiveNaija collates and prepares certificates: September 28 – 30, 2020
  • Wole Joshua & Co. audits entire competition process: July – September 30, 2020
  • Overall winner (and essay)/results are declared/published on 1st October 2020
  • Payments made and certificate issued to winners on 1st October 2020


We welcome sponsorships for the 2020 PositiveNaija Annual Essay Competition. Identifying, supporting and partnering with us on this competition is a testament to your personal, institutional or corporate conviction on the greatness, development and potentials of Nigeria/Nigerians.

For transparent and accountability purposes, every sponsorship for this competition received shall be made available on the blog [for privacy, sponsors can choose to use the initials of their names] (SEE ANNEX 3 below). We shall also provide up-to-date progress report to you.

Your support – financial or service-oriented, could therefore be targeted to the following areas (SEE ANNEX 2 below for account details and guidance):

  • Prizes: Top 1 – 10 Essays (Target: 10 million Naira)
  • Media/Publicity (Target: 3 million Naira)
  • Administrative/Logistics (Target: 2 million Naira)
  • General/Overarching – If your support is targeted to the general/overarching running of the competition, we will ensure equity in its distribution to the entire competition process.

We are committed to making the PositiveNaija Annual Essay Competition, the most rewarding educational prize competition in Nigeria.



Deadline: 31 July 2020 | 11:59 PM (GMT +1)

Advisory Judges (4):

Dr. (Mrs) Tayo Ola George

Dr. Mrs. Tayo Ola GeorgeDr. Tayo O. George (B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D in Sociology) is an Associate Professor, Gender and Development Studies and Former Head, Department of Sociology at Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State.

She is a scholar, researcher and teacher with a vision of knowledge creation and impact to the younger generation.

Among other national and international professional bodies, she is a Member of the Nigerian Anthropological and Sociological Practitioners Association (NASA); an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN); and a Member of the Council for Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Institute Dakar, Senegal.


Oladoyin Abiona

Oladoyin AbionaOladoyin Abiona earned her first and second degrees in English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University Ondo State and University of Port Harcourt respectively in Nigeria. She taught English and Literature at Bloombreed High School, Port Harcourt until her going to the United States on a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Scholarship for the 2016/17 academic session where she assisted in teaching Yoruba language and culture at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

She has been involved in organizing workshops for teachers of English in South West Nigeria. Presently, she is a graduate student at the Popular Culture Department, Bowling Green State University, Ohio.


Dr. Obiajulu Nnamuchi

Dr. Obiajulu NnamuchiDr. Obiajulu Nnamuchi is head, Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, with teaching duties also at the Faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences.

He received a LL.B from Nigeria, LL.M. (Notre Dame), LL.M. (Toronto), LL.M. (Lund), M.A. (Louisville) and S.J.D. (Loyola, Chicago).

A formally trained bioethicist (University of Louisville Medical School), Dr. Nnamuchi is also the founder of the Centre for Health, Bioethics and Human Rights (CHBHR) and director of its section on Bioethics. His scholarship focuses mainly on the intersection of law and medicine; human rights; global health; bioethics; and, health governance and financing – areas on which he has written extensively. He is currently working on the intersection of law and communicable diseases, particularly in the realm of tobacco control, and the health dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Sanni Alausa-Issa

Sanni Alausa-IssaSanni Alausa-Issa is a writer, public speaker and a capacity-building enthusiast.

He currently mentors over 100 people on personal development, leadership and career development

A book lover and a staunch advocate of reviving the reading culture among youths. He believes in the transformative power of education and how it can contribute to nation-building.



Acceptance of Terms

By participating you declare that you accept these terms and conditions.

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ANNEX 1 – Voting Rights and Weights

*The Advisory Judges shall grade each entry with a total of 100

*The grades of the Advisory Judges shall have 80% (0.8) voting weight

*The audience can vote as many times possible

*The votes of the audience shall have a 20% (0.2) voting weight


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ANNEX 2 – Sponsorship Guide

*Account information (Bank name: Access Bank; Account name: Toju Ogbe; Account number: 0006376703)

* Use ‘2020 PositiveNaija Essay’ as support description. You can also send an email/sms indicating your support provided.

*We do not accept cash; please make all financial contributions via the account information provided.

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ANNEX 3 – 2020 PositiveNaija Essay Competition Sponsors

*Only received contributions of support are listed below in the order they come in/we receive them.


Wole Joshua & Co.Event Process AuditingAdministrative/Logistics


Name ContributionCategory

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ANNEX 4 – Status of Entries

  1. Total number of entries: 15
  2. Nationalities: Nigerians (15)




*Last updated: 10 July 2020



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42 thoughts on “Annual Essay Competition & Nigerian Contests”

  1. My heart felt gratitude to the positive naija team for the platform and opportunity. I have received the cash prize and the certificate.

  2. It’s a unique honour to have participated in the 2018 edition of Positive Naija Essay Competition. I was also happy to receive my certificate and cash prize. I thank and commend the Positive Naija team for organising this competition in a transparent and hitch-free manner. And I genuinely hope the essays would inspire a refreshing wave of patriotism among Nigerians.

    1. Good day Thelma. Thank you for your enquiry. Yes, by the grace of God we will be having the essay contest for this year 2019. Information on this should be made publicly available by July 2019. Thanks again.

  3. “Decision on Top 10 entries by Advisory Judges are published (without ranking) on the Competition Page: 1st October 2019″… I’m really searching for this. Has it been published yet? I just don’t want to miss out on any information

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