Winners of the 2017 PositiveNaija Essay Competition

Recently updated on November 8th, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Winners have emerged in the first edition of the 2017 PositiveNaija essay competition, themed: How Great Is Nigeria!

The 2017 PositiveNaija essay competition (July 1 – October 1, 2017) is purposed towards informing the world what genuinely makes Nigeria a great country today, which every Nigerian and non-Nigerians should be proud of.

The PositiveNaija annual essay competition aims to encourage Nigerian patriotism, nation building as well as a platform for excellence.


1st Prize

Mr. Olawale Lekan Christopher emerged overall winner with his Essay and with a total weighted score of 438.4. Mr. Olawale receives a cash prize of 80,000 and his essay will be published as the foreword in the Inaugural 2017 PositiveNaija Greats.

2nd Prize 

Mr. Udeme Akpan emerged second position winner with his Essay and with a total weighted score of 321. Mr. Udeme receives a cash prize of 55,000.

3rd prize 

Mr. Kenneth Okpomo emerged third position winner with his Essay and with a total weighted score of 248.6. Mr. Okpomo receives a cash prize of 30,000. 

4th position – Chinedu Mpamugo; 5th position – Olatoyese Adesinmi; 6th position – Sa’id Sa’ad Abubakar; 7th positionJonathan Mairiga; 8th positionIgbokwe Kingsley Chukwudi; 9th positionOnowori Fego Eunice.  

Certificates are issued to the writers of the top 9 best entries. The 2nd – 10th positions essays are published in the Inaugural 2017 PositiveNaija Greats, 1st – 9th position essays are published weekly on the blog.

2017 PositiveNaija essay competition

According to the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of PositiveNaija, Mr. Toju Micheal Ogbe:

“We are pleased with the success of the essay competition – strategy, organisation, set objective and response by the participants.

The essay competition is a long-term vision towards becoming the most rewarding essay competition in Nigeria – not just financially but most importantly, upholding the values of purposeful insight, transparency and accountability.

We express gratitude to the writers of the essays we received both nationally and internationally (46 in total – 45 Nigerians and 1 Bulgarian). We appreciate their courage and trust in a greater Nigeria, their intellectual brilliance as well as their confidence in the competition considering that this is the inaugural edition.

We also appreciate Mrs. Eire Ifueko Alufohai, Ms. Sharon Kaburuk, Mr. Osagie James Osemwegie and Mr. Emmanuel Akpata, for their swift interest, wisdom, time and intellectual support as Advisory Judges for the competition.

We also appreciate sponsors [GreCo Power & Energy Ltd and I.T.I.] and advisors [Aishat Ibrahim, Isiolaotan Olatunde, Sharon Kaburuk and Elijah Ezaga] for their contributions in various kinds; a testament of their belief in our vision and mission.

We look forward to next year’s edition and improvement in every aspect.”

PositiveNaija is a multimedia news, information and forum platform, which began in January 2015 with the vision of having the most reliable platform for informing the world of the truly impactful, positive, valuable, inspiring, educative and worthy news/updates associated with Nigeria and Nigerians globally based on consistent objectivity, impartiality and excellence. With our work, we aim to gradually but firmly establish in the consciousness of Nigerians the practicability and possibility of their hopes, aspirations, passions, goals and success by adhering to the principles of hardwork, accountability, justice, love, unity, critical thinking as well as other relevant positive values.

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