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

Access to Humanitarian Assistance and Development Initiative (AHDI)

  • Communication Intern
    AHDI | Apply by: 10 August 2018

Action Against Hunger USA

  • Internal Auditor – Head of Department
    Action Against Hunger USA | Apply by: 03 September 2018


Adam Smith International

African Development Bank (AfDB)

African Union Commission (AU)

  • Finance and Administrative Officer
    AU | Apply by: 02 September 2018

AIESEC International


Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH)

  • Assistant Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer
    ARFH | Apply by: 16 July 2018

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)

  • Senior Communications Officer
    B&MGF | Apply by: 07 September 2018

Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)

  • Driver and Logistics Assistant
    CAFOD | Apply by: 27 July 2018

CAMRIS International

  • Procurement Specialist
    CAMRIS International | Apply by: 29 June 2018


  • Country Director – Benin/Togo, Mali and Nigeria
    CARE | Apply by: 10 August 2018

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


Christian Aid

  • Management Information Systems Advisor – Technical
    Chemonics | Apply by: 10 September 2018

COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale

Creative Associates International


  • Energy/Investment Principal
    CrossBoundary | Apply by: 19 May 2018


  • Senior Investment Manager
    DAI | Apply by: 16 September 2018

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

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

  • Information Technology (IT) Intern
    F&CO | Apply by: 14 July 2018

Dexis Consulting Group

  • PEPFAR Strategic Information Advisor (M&E)
    Dexis | Apply by: 04 July 2018

Devtech Systems Inc.

  • Finance Manager Consultant
    Devtech | Apply by: 01 August 2018


European Commission (EC)

FHI 360

  • Primary Healthcare Coordinator
    FHI 360 | Apply by: 10 August 2018

German Agency for International Development (GIZ)

Heartland Alliance

  • Multimedia Storytelling Consultant
    Heartland Alliance | Apply by: 01 September 2018

Hulla & Co. Human Dynamics KG

  • Maritime Governance Expert, Team Leader
    HCHD | Apply by: 25 July 2018

Impact Initiatives

International Centre for Migration Policy Development

  • Resources Management Officer
    IoM | Apply by: 11 June 2018

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

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

  • Associate Scientist, Molecular Breeder
    IITA | Apply by: 16 August 2018

International Medical Corps (IMC)

International Organisation for Migration (IoM)

  • Sector Coordination Officer
    IoM | Apply by: 10 September 2018

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

  • Environmental Health Coordinator
    IRC | Apply by: 06 September 2018


Land O’Lakes International Development

Marie Stopes International

  • Partnership Consultant – WISH
    Marie Stopes | Apply by: 31 August 2018

Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World)

Mercy Corps

Mott Macdonald

  • Team Leader
    Mott Macdonald | Apply by: 24 July 2018

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

  • A Consultant to undertake Assessment on Housing, Land and Property Issues in Areas of return
    NRC | Apply by: 26 July 2018


Oxford Policy Management (OPM)

  • Team Lead (Health in Nigeria)
    OPM | Apply by: 01 September 2018

Pact, Inc.

  • Chief of Party – OVC
    Pact | Apply by: 31 July 2018

Plan International

  • Sexual Gender Based Violence Technical Advisor
    Plan International | Apply by: 02 August 2018

Première Urgence Internationale

Save the Children

Search for Common Ground

  • Country Director
    SFCG | Apply by: 12 September 2018

Secours Islamique France


  • Country Security and Safety Officer
    Sightsavers  | Apply by: 31 August 2018

Solidarités International

  • Coordinator: Logistics
    Solidarités International | Apply by: 16 September 2018


  • Food Fortification and Processing Consultants
    TechnoServe | Apply by: 09 May 2018

Terre Des Hommes (TDH)

Tetra Tech

  • Team Leader – Mobilising data for Anti-Corruption programme
    Tetra Tech | Apply by: 21 June 2018

The Palladium Group

Tony Elumelu Foundation

  • Technology Analyst
    TEF | Apply by: 31 August 2018

United Nations (UN)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


  • Strategic Partnerships & Grants Management Coordinator
    WaterAid | Apply by: 31 August 2018

West African Power Pool (WAPP)

  • Senior Financial Specialist
    WAPP | Apply by: 03 September 2018

World Bank Group

  • Senior Project Technical Coordinator
    World Bank | Apply by: 03 September 2018

World Food Programme (WFP)

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Last updated: 24 September 2018

Consultancy: AfDB


EOI – Côte d’Ivoire – Renewable energy specialist consultant – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department (PERN)

EOI – Senior Business Intelligence (BI) Analyst – Corporate IT Services Department (CHIS)

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)