Call for Entries: 2018 PositiveNaija Essay Competition


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

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.

Reward [starting cash prizes]

  • 1st prize: 75,000
  • 2nd prize: 50,000
  • 3rd prize: 25,000

Reward [certificates]:

Top 10

Reward [publication]:


  • 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 of Top 3 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 3 participants are requested and 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 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

For more information, kindly visit:

Multiple Positions: African Development Bank (AfDB)

Position title Publication date Closing date
Chief Legal Counsel – Finance Division 07/11/2017 21/11/2017
Legal Counsel – Public Sector Operations – Policy and Governance 07/11/2017 21/11/2017
Chief Legal Counsel – Public Sector Operations – Policy and Governance Division, PGCL.1 03/11/2017 16/11/2017
Director, Environment and Social Safeguards Department (SNSC) 31/10/2017 10/11/2017
Operation Analyst 31/10/2017 14/11/2017
Division Manager Strategy and Transaction Support 27/10/2017 26/11/2017
Investment Officer 27/10/2017 26/11/2017

Multiple Positions: CRS – GIZ – ECOWAS – DFID – IOM – IRC – PATH – WaterAid

Abt Associates Inc.

Action Against Hunger USA

African Development Bank (AfDB)


Adam Smith International

African Union Commission (AU)

AIESEC International


Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH)

Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)

CAMRIS International


Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


Civil Society SCaling-Up Nutrition

Clinton Health Access Initiative

Christian Aid

COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale

Creative Associates International


Crown Agents USA


Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Department for International Development (DFID) – United Kingdom (UK)

Dexis Consulting Group

Devtech Systems Inc.


Equal Access

FHI 360

German Agency for International Development (GIZ)

Global Communities

Heartland Alliance International

Helen Keller International (HKI)

Hulla & Co. Human Dynamics KG

Impact Initiatives

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

International Business & Technical Consultants

International Centre for Migration Policy Development

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

International Medical Corps (IMC)

International NGO Safety Organisation

International Organisation for Migration (IoM)

International Rescue Committee (IRC)


Land O’Lakes International Development

Malaria Consortium

Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World)

Mercy Corps

Mott Macdonald

Norwegian Church Aid

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Oxfam Novib

Oxford Policy Management (OPM)

Pact, Inc.

Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL)

Plan International

Première Urgence Internationale

Save the Children

Secours Islamique France

Solidarités International


Terre Des Hommes (TDH)

Tetra Tech

The Palladium Group

United Nations (UN)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

World Bank Group

World Food Programme (WFP)

World Health Organisation (WHO)

ZOA International

Last updated: 19 July 2018

Consultancy: AfDB


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EOI – Côte d’Ivoire – Rural Electrification Expert (off-grid and mini-grid) expert consultant (Consultant) – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department (PERN)

EOI – Côte d’Ivoire – Clean Cooking Program Officer – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department (PERN)

EOI – Côte d’Ivoire – Junior Consultant – Monitoring and Evaluation Data Assistant – African Legal Support Facility (ALSF)

EOI – Côte d’Ivoire – Junior Consultant – Junior Strategy and Communication Consultant Position – PIFD

EOI – Communication Specialist – Individual Long-term Consultant – Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth Complex (PEVP)