Call For Entries: 2019 PositiveNaija Essay Competition


The 2019 PositiveNaija Essay Competition aims to promote: the dignity, safety and prosperity of Nigerians; Nigerian patriotism; nation building as well as serve as a platform for excellence!

Title of Essay:



Inform the world on how the lives of Nigerians are genuinely being respected, protected and empowered today in good conscience and as required by the current Nigerian constitution.


  • Essay submissions are free – at no cost to the participants
  • Open to only Nigerians
  • 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]

2019 PositiveNaija essay 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, 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 2019 PositiveNaija Series
  • 2nd – 10th positions: Essays published in the 2019 PositiveNaija Series
  • 1st – 10th positions: Essays are published weekly on the blog.

Timelines for the 2019 PositiveNaija Essay Competition:

  • Submission dates by participants: August 1 – 31, 2019 (SEE ANNEX 4 for status of entries).
  • PositiveNaija review and submit Top 10 best entries to Advisory Judges: September 1 – 8, 2019.
  • Blind review by Advisory Judges who shall [individually] assess, grade and rank the entries: September 9 – 30, 2019.
  • Decision on Top 10 entries by Advisory Judges are published (without ranking) on the Competition Page: 1st October 2019.

*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: October 2 – 6, 2019
  • 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): October 7 – 12, 2019
  • 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): October 14 – 20, 2019
  • PositiveNaija collates: October 21 – 23, 2019
  • Wole Joshua & Co. audits entire competition process: June – October 30, 2019
  • Overall winner (and essay)/results are declared/published on 31st October 2019
  • Payments made and certificate issued to winners on 31st October 2019


We welcome sponsorships for the 2019 PositiveNaija 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.

Submission for the 2019 PositiveNaija Essay Competition:


Deadline: 31 August 2019 | 11:59 PM (GMT +1)


For additional information and updates, kindly visit our Competitions Page.

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