2020 PositiveNaija Essay Competition

The 2020 PositiveNaija Essay Competition aims to promote: the clarity of the common objective(s) and usefulness of the Nigerian state; Nigerian patriotism; impactful scholarship as well as serve as a platform for excellence!

Title of Essay:



Inform the world on what genuinely gives you confidence on the reason(s) why Nigeria exists as a country today for the good of Nigerians and humanity.


  • 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]

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 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]:
  • 1st position: Essay is published as the ‘Foreword’ in the 2020 PositiveNaija Series
  • 2nd – 10th positions: Essays published in the 2020 PositiveNaija Series
  • 1st – 10th positions: Essays are published weekly on the website.


  • Submission dates by participants: July 1 – 31, 2020.
  • PositiveNaija review and submit Top 10 best entries to Advisory Judges: August 1 – 9, 2020.
  • Blind review by Advisory Judges who shall [individually] assess, grade and rank the entries: August 10 – 30, 2020.
  • Decision on Top 10 entries by Advisory Judges are published (without ranking) on the Competition Page: 1st September 2020.

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

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  • Profiles of the Top 10 participants are requested and Top 4th – 10th are published: September 1 – 5, 2020
  • The audience will then determine the final ranking for Positions 4th – 10th with an open and public online vote – multiple votes are allowed: September 6 – 13, 2020
  • PositiveNaija collates; prepares and issue certificates: September 14 – 19, 2020
  • The audience will then determine the final ranking and winner (Top 3) with an open and public online vote – multiple votes are allowed: September 20 – 27, 2020
  • PositiveNaija collates and prepares certificates: September 28 – 30, 2020
  • Wole Joshua & Co. audits entire competition process: July – September 30, 2020
  • Overall winner (and essay)/results are declared/published on 1st October 2020
  • Payments made and certificate issued to winners on 1st October 2020


Email: positivenaija@yahoo.com

Deadline: 31 July 2020 | 11:59 PM (GMT +1)

More information on the essay contest organiser’s official website.

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