Essay Competitions In Nigeria 2015

UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has announced call for entries for the 2016 edition of its annual National Essay Competition.

Ijeoma Aso, the Managing Director/CEO of UBA Foundation, who announced this last weekend, said the essay competition provides an opportunity for students in senior secondary schools in Nigeria to win prizes in form of educational grants.

The first prize for the UBA National Essay Competition is a N1 million educational grant for the winner to study in any African university of his or her choice. The second and third prizes are N750,000 and N500,000 educational grants respectively.

Aso explained that the competition was part of the Foundation’s initiative to promote creative and analytical thinking among senior secondary students in Nigeria and across Africa and a follow up on the Foundation’s Read Africa initiative, which promotes reading culture among students through mentoring and   free distribution of

Africa literary classics in secondary schools.

The national essay competition is also held in Ghana and Senegal.

Entries received for the competition will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges made up of professors from reputable Nigerian Universities, who will then shortlist 12 best essays for further assessment.

A second round of the competition will involve the 12 finalists  who will write a second supervised essay from which three best essays will be selected.

“Three best essays will be selected as the overall winners from 12 finalists that will emerge from the first round of the competition”  said Aso.

Application Deadline: 25th September 2015.

Now in its 5th year the DSF Essay Competition is a National competition open to all Nigerian students of secondary school age. The competition is organized by The Dickens Sanomi Foundation, an independent non-governmental organization set up to promote the importance of education in particular writing skills amongst our youth.

Students can win up to N450k towards their school fees and the schools can win N500k towards a project for the school.

This years’ essay competition is split into two categories Junior Secondary School and Senior Secondary School.

The Junior Secondary School essay title

Do you agree exams are an accurate means of assessing student intelligence?  Discuss.

The Senior Secondary School essay title

Should developed nations extend help (monetary or otherwise) to developing nations or should those nations be left to deal with their issues on their own?

Submission Requirements:

  • Essays must not be more than 1,500 words long, they can be hand written or typed. The judges will be looking for students to have captured the relevance of the titles, grammar, presentation and the logical discussion.
  • Students can submit their essays in the following ways, with their full name, address, school, telephone number and email address:
  • Send to the DSF email address

Send by post or dropped by hand to the DSF office at 4 Oguda Close, off Lake Chad Crescent, Maitama

The Closing Date for receiving essays is 25th September 2015.

An award ceremony will take place on 7th of October 2015 (TBC).

For More Information;

Visit the Official Webpage of the Dickens Sanomi Annual Essay Writing Competition 


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