Competitions & Programmes


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

Title of Essay:



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


  • 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

the love of a Nigerian 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 [starting cash prizes] | [current cash prizes]

  • 1st prize: 75,000                                 |  [₦80,000]
  • 2nd prize: 50,000                                |  [55,000]
  • 3rd prize: 25,000                                |   [₦30,000]
  • 4th prize: ₦15,000
  • 5th prize: ₦10,000
  • 6th prize: ₦10,000

Reward [certificates]:

Top 10 (now Top 6)

Reward [publication]:

  • 1st position: Essay is published as the ‘Foreword’ in the 2018 PositiveNaija Series
  • 2nd – 6th positions: Essays published in the 2018 PositiveNaija Series
  • 1st – 6th positions: Essays are published weekly on the blog.


  • 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 on Top 10 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 10 participants are requested and Top 4th – 10th are 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 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.



Deadline: 31 July 2018

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 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

Sharon Kaburuk - BSc, MSc

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


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.



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 ‘2018 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 – 2018 PositiveNaija Competition Sponsors

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


Geo-Group Limited₦25,000
GreCo Power & Energy Limited₦25,000Prizes


Name ContributionCategory
I. T. I.₦70,000Administrative/Logistics

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ANNEX 4 – Status of Entries

  1. Total number of entries: (77)
  2. Nationalities: Nigerians [77]
  3. Rather than the Top 10 essays envisaged or hoped for, Top 6 essays emerged.
  4. Names from No. 7-77 do not imply their positions in the Competition (rather, largely in the order they were received).
  5. We are willing to provide feedback to all who did not make it into the Top 6 the reason why (as far as they request for it via email or Whatsapp).
PositiveNaija Essay writers
Winners: 1st – 3rd Positions


annual essay voting calculation
Winners: 4th – 6th Positions


No.NamesPositionsAdvisory Judges (/400)Public Votes
1.Akunna James-Ibe 1st286 [228.8]15,615 [3,123]
2.Ogigbah Esiri 2nd273 [218.4]15,331 [3,066.2]
3.Adu Michael Adeyemi 3rd275 [220]6,937 [1,387.4]
4.Abdullateef Olasubomi Abdul 4th
271 [216.8]280 [56]
5.Iteire Afor Darlington 5th228 [182.4]44 [8.8]
6.Udeme Akpan6th215 [172]19 [3.8]
7.Ogodo Dominic Ogochukwu
8.Chigozie Odinaka Nwosu
9.Okolie Sharon
10.Adeniran Mutolyb Adekola
11.Joanna Oluwatosin Abodunrin
12.Akinkitan Joel
13.Daniel Adeola Adeagbo
14.Anierobi Maureen Ogechukwu
15.Idris Oke Ayomo
16.Khadijat Bolajoko Abolarinwa
17.Asooye Paul A.
18.Odetokun Blessing Odeleke
19.Nwede Chiamaka Stellamaris
20.Michael Adekambi Ajayi
21.Precious Mukoro
22.Asheolge Favour Moses
23.Kenneth Okpomo
24.Ede Ifunanya Chiamaka
25.Nwafor Merciful Chika
26.Deborah Mbah
27.Abraham Uwe Esang
28.Jonathan Mairiga
29.Onah Orkanyichukwu Clement
30.Onwosi Ikechukwu Destiny
31.Egonte Ndidi Andrew
32.Joseph David
33.Uko Ettido Maurice
34.Davies Jesutobiloba Ruth
35.Precious Lawrence Eme
36.Abasima Solomon Essien
37.Nnadi Obioma Emmanuel
38.Gospel Oladotun Akano
39.Onuigbo John Chukwubuikem
40.Segun Jones
41.Ikeogu Chinemerem Chibuikem
42.Olowolagba Tahir Ayodeji
43.Nwokpor Nnaemeka Collins
44.Mafeni Praise
45.Iteire Ajirioghene Favour
46.Iteire Naomi Iruoghene
47.Chidiogo MaryJane Okechukwu
48.Wojuola Oladamola Moses
49.Okoro Michael Chukwuemeka
50.Ugochukwu Henry Prosper
51.Iluetsebu Solomon Onoshothena
52.Olasehinde Oluwagbenga Elijah
53.Itanka Columba Columba
54.Ismail Rotimi Lawal
55.Okoli Johnson Chinonso
56.Aguonye Joan
57.Igwe Chukwu Donatus
-58.Olagunju Juwon Abraham
59.Aninwaeze Sandra Ukamaka
60.Sumayya Opeifa
61.Omotosho Oluwadamilola O.
62.Onowori Fego Eunice
63.Okere Godsent Chinedu
64.Aishat Ibrahim
65.Ejide Obinna Nnaemeka
66.Alonge Taiwo Olasubomi
67.Sharomi Ridwan Oluwabusayo
68.Chuwkunonso Daniel Ogbe
69.Ogbaga Sunday Thomas
70.Sofiyyah Olamide Popoola Yusuf
71.Yunusa Halimat Sadia
72.Opatola Tayo Tolu
73.Ogunkayode Oluwaseyi Simeon
74.Obiji Chukwuemeka Emmanuel
75.Musa Abdulwahab Bello
76.Egerue Nneoma Immaculata
77.Anthony Chikaodili Maryrose

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ANNEX 5 – Lessons Learnt (Internal)

  1. Increase of Advisory Judges weight from 80% to 95% from 2019.



*Last updated: 02 October 2018


See the 2017 PositiveNaija Annual Essay Competition on the next page.

69 thoughts on “Competitions & Programmes”

  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.

  3. The PositiveNaija Team appears to be doing all the good work these days in promoting creativity, intellectual excellence and Nigerianism.


    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.

  4. “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

      1. Hi.. Please I didn’t receive any message that I was shortlisted or may be I didn’t even understand the competition. This is 2020 anyways but I still want to know. My name appeared in part of the names above, what does it mean? Was I part of the finalist or is was just the list of people who submitted their essays. My name is Nneoma Egerue.

  5. Good afternoon, Please I wrongly submitted using my second email which is different from the one in the essay,Do I resubmit with the right one or wait for a confirmation?

  6. Please, I’m confused… “It should be submitted in both ms word and pdf” does it mean I will submit the essay twice, make it inform of ms word and pdf?? Or I will just choose between both and submit my essay in either of them??

  7. Please I submitted my essay yesterday but a notification has not nlbeen sent to me for a poof that my essay was successfully submitted

    1. Dear Anthony, we received your mail but you sent a txt format file, which we replied you at about 2pm yesterday notifying you of this and encouraging you to send your entry in both MS Word and PDF formats. Kindly check your email.

      1. Good morning Sir /Ma, my sincere apologies for sending my essay in a text format and for the mail, I’m just seeing it this morning. I checked my mail box time to time yesterday but didn’t get a notification pertaning to the essay. I’ve resent the essay in a PDF format, I hope it will still be acknowledged.

  8. Good afternoon, and happy new month to you all…

    I will like to ask if the top 10 entries will be posted today as earlier stated in the timeline.

    Thank you in anticipation of your warm reply.

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