Competitions & Programmes

2024 POSITIVENAIJA ESSAY COMPETITION

The 2024 PositiveNaija Essay Competition aims to promote: the culture of creativity, innovation, service and excellence; the dignity, safety and prosperity of Nigerians; Nigerian patriotism; impactful scholarship; and nation building.

Title of Essay:

The Pinnacle of Nigerian Excellence!

Objective:

Inform the world on the highest level of Nigerian inventiveness in any area of life with genuine impact on human dignity, safety and national development today.

Eligibility:

  • 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]

2024 PositiveNaija Essay Competition

 

Essay format:

  • Maximum of 1,500 words (excluding references).
  • 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]:

  • Top 10 essays are published on the PositiveNaija website.

Timelines:

    • Submission dates by participants: July 1 – 7, 2024.
    • PositiveNaija review and submit Top 10 best entries to Advisory Judges: July 10 – August 10, 2024.
    • Blind review by Advisory Judges who shall [individually] assess, grade and rank the entries: August 10 – 30, 2024.
    • Decision on top 10 entries by Advisory Judges are published (without ranking) on the Competition Page: 1st September 2024.

    *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 – 4, 2024
    • The audience will then determine the final ranking for Positions 4th – 10th with an open and public online vote – multiple votes are allowed: September 5 – 11, 2024.
    • PositiveNaija collates; prepares and issue certificates: September 12 – 18, 2024.
    • The audience will then determine the final ranking and winner (top 3) with an open and public online vote – multiple votes are allowed: September 19 – 25, 2024.
    • PositiveNaija collates and prepares certificates: September 26 – 30, 2024.
    • Wole Joshua & Co. audits entire competition process: July – September 30, 2024.
    • Overall winner (and essay)/results are declared/published on 1st October 2024.
    • Payments made and certificate issued to winners on 1st October 2024.

Sponsorship:

We welcome sponsorships for the 2024 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.

Submission:

Email: positivenaija@yahoo.com

Deadline: 7 July 2024 | 11:59 PM (GMT +1)

Advisory Judges (4): Were to be contacted after the emergence of the finalists.

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 99% (0.99) voting weight

*The audience can vote as many times possible

*The votes of the audience shall have a 1% (0.01) voting weight

Nigerian contests

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ANNEX 2 – Sponsorship Guide

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

* Use ‘2024 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 – 2024 PositiveNaija Essay Competition Sponsors

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

Institutions

Name Contribution Category
Wole Joshua & Co. Event Process Auditing Administrative/Logistics

Individuals

Name Contribution Category
 

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ANNEX 4 – Status of Entries (press release)

  1. Total number of entries:
  2. Nationalities:
  3. Names do not imply their positions in the Competition (rather, largely in the order they were received) unless otherwise stated.
  4. We are willing to provide feedback to all who did not make it as a finalist or winner –  the reason why (as far as they request for it via email or WhatsApp).

Names of participants with submitted entries as at 2nd July 2024 (3pm)

  1. Olayiwola Mubarak Olayinka
  2. Khizra Malik (Pakistan)
  3. Raheem Mutiyat Oreoluwa
  4. Lamina David Inioluwa
  5. Ahemen Amanda Korgba
  6. Okafor Chukwudalu

 

*Last updated: 02 July 2024.

 

 

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