Annual Essay Competition

2017 POSITIVENAIJA ANNUAL ESSAY COMPETITION

The 2017 PositiveNaija Annual Essay Competition aims to encourage Nigerian patriotism, nation building as well as a platform for excellence!

Title of Essay: HOW GREAT IS NIGERIA!

Objective: Inform the world through your essay, what genuinely makes Nigeria a great country today, which every Nigerian and Non-Nigerians should be proud of.

Eligibility

  • Essay submissions are free – at no cost to the participants
  • Open to all nationalities
  • PositiveNaija Team and the Advisory Judges are not eligible

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:

  • 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, narrative structure/organisation, creativity/initiative

Reward [Starting Cash Prizes]:

  • 1st prize: 75,000 + Certificate
  • 2nd prize: 50,000 + Certificate
  • 3rd prize: 25,000 + Certificate

Reward [Current Cash Prizes]:

  • 1st prize: ₦80,000 + Certificate
  • 2nd prize: 55,000 + Certificate
  • 3rd prize: ₦30,000 + Certificate
  • 4th prize: ₦9,000 + Certificate

Reward [Publication]:

  • 1st position: Essay published as the ‘Foreword’ in the Inaugural 2017 PositiveNaija Greats
  • 2nd – 10th positions: Essays published in the Inaugural 2017 PositiveNaija Greats
  • 1st – 10th positions: Essays are published weekly on the blog.

Timelines:

  • Submission dates by participants: 1st July 2017 – 31st August 2017 (SEE ANNEX 4 for status of entries)
  • PositiveNaija review and submit Top 10 best entries to Advisory Judges: September 1 – 8, 2017.
  • Blind review by Advisory Judges who shall [individually] assess, grade and rank the entries: September 9 – 19, 2017.
  • Decision of Top 3 entries by Advisory Judges are published (without ranking) on the Competition Page: 20th September 2017

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

  • The Top 3 entries are published on the Competition Page: 21st September 2017
  • Profiles of the Top 3 participants are requested and published: September 21-22, 2017
  • The audience will then determine the final ranking and winner with an open and public online vote – multiple votes are allowed (SEE ANNEX 1 below for voting weights): September 22 – 28, 2017
  • PositiveNaija collates: September 29 – 30, 2017
  • Overall winner (and essay)/results are declared/published on 1st October 2017 on PositiveNaija
  • Payments made and certificate issued to winners on 1st October 2017

Sponsorship

We welcome sponsorships for the 2017 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 by the year 2022.

Submission

Email: positivenaija@yahoo.com

Deadline: 31 August 2017

Advisory Judges (4):

Eire. Ifueko Alufohai

Eire. Ifueko Alufohai (Mrs.) - BA, LLB, LLM

Legal Practitioner and Executive-level professional with over 20 years combined experience in legal practice, legal advisory services, and administration.

 

Sharon Kaburuk

Ms. Sharon Kaburuk - MA, MSc

Communications Specialist. Creative Director, TaTsuniya and initiator #NigerianHistoryMatters. Over 7 years experience in Brand & communications, event coordination and administration.

 

Osagie James Osemwegie

Mr. Osagie James Osemwegie - Bsc, Msc
Software Engineer and Research specialist in human behaviour modelling.
Current work focuses on the use of mobile phones to improve public health strategies in reducing sedentary lifestyles in Saskatchewan Canada.
Emmanuel Akpata
Mr. Emmanuel Akpata

Strategy Consultant with academic background in Economics, Consumer behaviour and System Dynamics.

 

*Click on the photographs of the Advisory Judges for further information.

 

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

Annual Essay Competition

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ANNEX 2 – SPONSORSHIP Guide

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

* Use ‘2017 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 – 2017 POSITIVENAIJA ANNUAL ESSAY COMPETITION SPONSORS

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

Institutions

Name Contribution Category

Individuals

Name Contribution Category
 I. T. I.  70,000  General

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ANNEX 4 – Status of entries
  1. Total number of entries: 46
  2. Nationalities: Bulgarian (1); Nigerians (45)
  3. Names from No. 1-3 only implies Top 3 and not Positions – 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
  4. Names from No. 10-46 do not imply their positions in the Competition.
  5. We are willing to provide feedback to all who did not make it into the Top 9 the reason why (as far as they request for it via email).
No. Names Positions Advisory Judges (/400) Public Votes
1. Olawale Lekan Christopher Top 3 Enclosed
2. Kenneth Okpomo Top 3 Enclosed
3. Udeme Akpan Top 3 Enclosed
4. Chinedu Mpamugo 4th Position 267.5
5. Olatoyese Adesinmi 5th Position 264
6. Sa’id Sa’ad Abubakar 6th Position 262
7. Jonathan Mairiga 7th Position 261
8. Igbokwe Kingsley Chukwudi 8th Position 260
9. Onowori Fego Eunice 9th Position 232
10. Odetokun Blessing Odeleke
11. Borislav Dimitrov
12. Akinkitan Joel Sunday
13. Nwede Chiamaka Stellamaris
14. Adetayo Olaniyi
15. Adaeze Nwachuwku
16. Ugochukwu Onyinyech
17. Onwosi Ikechukwu Destiny
18. Justina Bonny
19. Olawehinmi Taiwo Dorcas
20. Susan Chioma Omeh
21. Kennedy Daagema Terlumun
22. Tolulope Victoria Oluwatoye
23. Kolawole Michael Ibukun
24. Chimaobi Fedorah Ukamaka
25. Adekunle Adeola
26. Abubakar Muhammed Mujaheed
27. Amao Taiwo Oluwadamilola
28. Ojo Bibitayo Emmanuel
29. Msonter Anzaa
30. Obidike Anthony Chukwudozie
31. James-Ibe Chijindu Terence
32. Odiakosa Alfred Uchenna
33. Ogbeide Mascot Osama
34. Oladosu Oyetunde Samuel
35. Obiagwu Ogechukwu Cynthia
36. Nwagbo Ebubechukwu Bruno
37. Ijoma, Daniel Onyebuchi
38. Joy Chidinma Awa
39. Shomide Patricia Oladayo
40. Haruna Abdulmajid
41. Emmanuel Innocent
42. Idim, Abasi-ama
43. Christopher Mercy Tochukwu
44. Bello Sarafadeen
45. Osben Chimaobi Chidelu
46. Amina Ajuma Abubakar

*Last updated 21-September-2017

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