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The Nigerian Essay Competition is a literacy and empowerment initiative aimed at celebrating exceptional writing skills of young Nigerians.

Essay Competition: Nigeria 60 YEARS OF OUR TOGETHERNESS

Nigeria 60 years anniversary

In order to celebrate the forthcoming anniversary of Nigeria Independence, an essay competition has been organized with the topic, " 60 Years Of Togetherness. Nigeria Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow". Writers are hereby invited to submit their best works in order contest for the cash prizes and other mouth watering benefits.

About The 60 Years Of Our Togetherness 2021 Essay Competition

The Nigerian Essay Competition is a literacy and empowerment initiative aimed at celebrating exceptional writing skills of young Nigerians, while also projecting a greater Nigeria to the world at large.

Hence, if you're the type that is passionate and enthusiastic about writing or has an ideal story for Nigeria, then, this competition is for you 

2021 Essay Topic

" 60 years of our Togetherness

Nigeria Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow."


  • N1,000,000
  • Macbook
  • Branded Laptop bag
  • Internet subscription for 3months
  • Journal & Stationery

  • N750,000
  • HP laptop
  • Branded Backpack
  • Internet subscription for 3months
  • Journal & Stationery

  • N500,000
  • Zinox laptop
  • internet subscription for 3month
  • Journal & Stationery

  • Other top 7 entries after the winners will be awarded N100,000 each
  • Journal & Stationery

  • Top entries also stand the chance to be featured in the eventual book format- a national compendium

Why an essay?

The organizers of the competition gave some clarity as to their choice of literary genre. In their own words:

An Essay Competition is a very valuable project, as it is very flexible, adaptable and open to expansion, while still being very easy to organise, both in terms of human resources and financial matters. As an Essay Competition is a project which can be appealing to individuals across various levels of education and writing skills, our target audience will be very wide, giving you the chance to achieve good engagement with the Nigerian youths.

There are a number of intellectual and savvy young Nigerians with creative writing skills.

Our future projection is that this becomes an annual contest held to recognize and award talent and creativity.
For Nigerians

  • A platform to utilize creative talent.
  • Associating with partners of the Essay Competition.
  • Potentially being published.
  • National & global recognition.
  • Winning a prize.

  • A great promotional tool to show the outstanding talents in Nigeria.
  • Ideal tool for partnerships and institutional cooperation.
  • An avenue to read from young Nigerians & project the future
  • A chance to collaborate with NGOs & other international bodies.
  • A possibility to contribute to a National Publication

Eligibility Requirements

Only the citizens of Nigeria; within and outside Nigeria, can submit their works.

Male & Female

Candidates must have any government-issued ID:

National Identity Card/Slip, Voter’s card, International Passport, School/Student ID)

The applicants must be of 18yrs - 35yrs.

Duration of Competition

Monday, August
23rd, 2021
( 1 MONTH )

Friday, September
10th, 2021

Requirements For Participation

  • Applicants must create an account on our website to send information
  • Applicants must fill in their profiles appropriately
  • Applicants must subscribe to our mailing system to get updates about the contest
  • Writing Requirements
  • Candidates are to write essays following guidelines
  • Candidates are to submit their essays on the portal.
  • Candidates will keep engaging social media till results are released
  • Social Media Requirement
  • Follow our social media accounts
  • Create content during your writing process
  • Post content on your social media page and use the #
  • Tag as many people
  • Use our hashtags in comment sections and as captions on posts and stories
  • Post and repost content related to contest on page and stories

Submission Guidelines

Word count – The essay should not be more than 1200 words. Essays violating this criterion will not be evaluated.

Topic – Our team has come out with a topic- 60 YEARS OF OUR TOGETHERNESS. It is mandatory to write on this topic any other topic will be disqualified.

 All essays must be absolutely original and in your own words. Copied essays will be disqualified

 Images are allowed. You are free to use images but they must be copyright-free or appropriately cited.

Submissions are accepted only in Microsoft Word documents ( doc or docx)

The cover page of your essay must contain your complete details such as your full name, phone number, and email

 The essay must be written in English
Number of entries – Only a Single entry per person is allowed

The screening process will take two rounds,
First to select candidates to contest for the prize and the second to award the winners.
Screening Process

Method For Judging Submitted Works

1. Blind the submissions
In order to eliminate potential biases, it is very important that we anonymise the submissions through the process of double-blinding, thus making sure that our reviewers do not know the identity of the authors, while the authors do not know which reviewer is conducting the review of their submission.

Blinding is an easy process in practice which can be done by removing the name and biography of the author before sending the submissions to be reviewed.

 Shortlist the submissions
Once the deadline of the call for submissions has elapsed, the editors would go through all received submissions and conclude which of them should be sent to the panel of judges. The reviewers should be checking the quality of the arguments presented, structure, referencing and other qualitative criteria that were set when the call for submissions was announced.

 Announce the winner
The review conducted by your judges is not an advisory process, it is an essential element in the production of scholarly legal publication.

The award ceremony
A key part of the competition is the award ceremony which will hold when all submissions have been assessed and winners chosen.

This year’s ceremony will also feature recognizing 60 exceptional Nigerians and publicly awarding them.



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Essay Competition: "Nigeria 60 Years Of Our Togetherness" — Pawners Paper
The Nigerian Essay Competition is a literacy and empowerment initiative aimed at celebrating exceptional writing skills of young Nigerians.
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