## PositiveNaija Monthly Newsletter May 2018

Notably, we have sought out to deduce the geographic locations (within Nigeria or abroad), which the positive/success news/updates recorded are being achieved. In other words, our aim is to be able to tell objectively, how conducive/enduring the environments are to what Nigeria/Nigerians are achieving. To do this, we determined the locations on the basis of where exactly the achievement, progress, success, etc. was done or achieved as well as will be done or achieved and not based on where an award/recognition was or is presented.

It is important to mention that most achievements by Nigeria/Nigerians achieved abroad should not be relegated as being ‘superior’ or achieved out of a ‘privileged comfortable environment’ as most of these achievements are usually first in recognition of what has been done or attained within Nigeria and as such requiring an international/global export.

Feel free to download the comprehensive guide for the geographic location determination: PositiveNaija Geo-Location Compilation 2018

Recommendations from the PositiveNaija Monthly Newsletter May 2018:

1. Urgent efforts are needed in the areas of security and rule of law; leadership and diplomacy; and energy and power.
2. Nigerians should be more observant towards the progress, development and excellence made in/by the country and fellow citizens.
3. The right conditions (hinged on truth) for the vivid manifestations of these achievements and subsequent potentials are needed.
4. Existing implementation frameworks should be critically reviewed with an indigenous approach.
5. Strategic planning and an effective monitoring system with a focus on sustainability.
6. Better coordination among Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

We hope that you find these assessments useful, inspiring and educative. We will also be glad to hear from you!

## PositiveNaija Travel Guide

PositiveNaija Travel Guide is an ongoing project by PositiveNaija towards providing reliable and up-to-date data and information on the status of road travels in Nigeria.

### Objectives

The project commenced in May 2018 with the aim of contributing to the effective planning and risk assessment by travelers within Nigeria as well as serving as a policy-formulation/reforming instrument in securing human lives and improving road infrastructure.

### Data Gathering

1. We rely on road travelers within Nigeria to kindly assist us in providing us with their their recent travel experiences by completing the 2-minute questionnaire on the sidebar of PositiveNaija.
2. PositiveNaija also monitors various relevant sources for information.

### Data Analysis

1. We use an objective weighted approach to determine the risk levels of the state of Nigerian roads for travels.

Results of the information obtained will currently be provided on this Post.

### Disclaimer

Results provided serve as an advisory/informational guide and should be used/applied with caution taking into consideration other factors, which might not have been captured in our assessment.

Last updated: 12-May-2018

## PositiveNaija Monthly Newsletter April 2018

Notably, we have sought out to deduce the geographic locations (within Nigeria or abroad), which the positive/success news/updates recorded are being achieved. In other words, our aim is to be able to tell objectively, how conducive/enduring the environments are to what Nigeria/Nigerians are achieving. To do this, we determined the locations on the basis of where exactly the achievement, progress, success, etc. was done or achieved as well as will be done or achieved and not based on where an award/recognition was or is presented.

It is important to mention that most achievements by Nigeria/Nigerians achieved abroad should not be relegated as being ‘superior’ or achieved out of a ‘privileged comfortable environment’ as most of these achievements are usually first in recognition of what has been done or attained within Nigeria and as such requiring an international/global export.

Feel free to download the comprehensive guide for the geographic location determination: PositiveNaija Geo-Location Compilation 2018

Recommendations from the PositiveNaija Monthly Newsletter April 2018:

1. Urgent efforts are needed in the areas of security and rule of law; leadership and diplomacy; and energy and power.
2. Nigerians should be more observant towards the progress, development and excellence made in/by the country and fellow citizens.
3. The right conditions (hinged on truth) for the vivid manifestations of these achievements and subsequent potentials are needed.
4. Existing implementation frameworks should be critically reviewed with an indigenous approach.
5. Strategic planning and an effective monitoring system with a focus on sustainability.
6. Better coordination among Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

We hope that you find these assessments useful, inspiring and educative. We will also be glad to hear from you!

## PositiveNaija Monthly Newsletter March 2018

Notably, we have sought out to deduce the geographic locations (within Nigeria or abroad), which the positive/success news/updates recorded are being achieved. In other words, our aim is to be able to tell objectively, how conducive/enduring the environments are to what Nigeria/Nigerians are achieving. To do this, we determined the locations on the basis of where exactly the achievement, progress, success, etc. was done or achieved as well as will be done or achieved and not based on where an award/recognition was or is presented.

It is important to mention that most achievements by Nigeria/Nigerians achieved abroad should not be relegated as being ‘superior’ or achieved out of a ‘privileged comfortable environment’ as most of these achievements are usually first in recognition of what has been done or attained within Nigeria and as such requiring an international/global export.

Recommendations:

1. Urgent efforts are needed in the areas of security and rule of law; leadership and diplomacy; and energy and power.
2. Nigerians should be more observant towards the progress, development and excellence made in/by the country and fellow citizens.
3. The right conditions (hinged on truth) for the vivid manifestations of these achievements and subsequent potentials are needed.
4. Existing implementation frameworks should be critically reviewed with an indigenous approach.
5. Strategic planning and an effective monitoring system with a focus on sustainability.
6. Better coordination among Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

We hope that you find these assessments useful, inspiring and educative. We will also be glad to hear from you!

## 2018 POSITIVENAIJA ESSAY COMPETITION

The 2018 PositiveNaija Essay Competition aims to encourage Nigerian patriotism, nation building as well as a platform for excellence!

### Title of Essay:

THE LOVE OF A NIGERIAN!

### Objective:

Inform the world through your essay, what genuinely makes Nigeria and Nigerians kind, cooperative, tolerant and well-meaning towards one another and humanity today.

### Eligibility:

• Essay submissions are free – at no cost to the participants
• Open to all nationalities
• Participants and winners of the 2017 edition can still participate
• 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:

• 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.

### Reward [starting cash prizes]

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

Top 10

### Timelines:

• Submission dates by participants: 1st June 2018 – 31st July 2018 (SEE ANNEX 4 for status of entries).
• PositiveNaija review and submit Top 10 best entries to Advisory Judges: August 1 – 10, 2018.
• Blind review by Advisory Judges who shall [individually] assess, grade and rank the entries: August 11 – 31, 2018.
• Decision of Top 3 entries by Advisory Judges are published (without ranking) on the Competition Page: 3rd September 2018.

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

• Profiles of the Top 3 participants are requested and published: September 4-6, 2018
• 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 8 – 14, 2018
• 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 17 – 23, 2018
• PositiveNaija collates: September 24 – 30, 2018
• Overall winner (and essay)/results are declared/published on 1st October 2018 on PositiveNaija
• Payments made and certificate issued to winners on 1st October 2018

We welcome sponsorships for the 2018 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 by the year 2022.

### Submission:

Email: positivenaija@yahoo.com

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

Executive-level professional with over 20 years combined experience in legal practice, legal advisory services, and administration of national and international status.

She is well-positioned to apply legal and administrative expertise towards providing value-adding solutions.

Mrs. Alufohai was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1996. She holds an LLM from the University of Houston, Houston Texas, and also a B.A in History from the University of Benin.

She is the immediate past Executive Director of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and currently the Edo State Focal Person of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sharon Kaburuk - MA, MSc

Communications Specialist. Creative Director, TaTsuniya and initiator #NigerianHistoryMatters. Over Experience in Brand & communications, event coordination and administration. Currently focusing on Capacity building and Private sector partnerships in Renewable Energy.

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.
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

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#### ANNEX 2 – Sponsorship Guide for the 2018 PositiveNaija Essay Competition

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

* Use 2018 PositiveNaija Annual 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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For updates, kindly visit the Competition Page: https://www.positivenaija.com/annual-essay-competition/