Call for Entries: 2018 PositiveNaija Essay Competition

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:

THE LOVE OF A NIGERIAN!

Objective:

Inform the world through your essay, what genuinely makes Nigeria and Nigerians kind, cooperative, tolerant and well-meaning towards one another and humanity today.

Eligibility:

  • 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]:

Timelines:

  • 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

Sponsorship:

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.

Submission:

Email: positivenaija@yahoo.com

Deadline: 31 July 2018

For more information, kindly visit: www.positivenaija.com

Nigeria And Norway Trade Volume Estimated Between $30-$40 Billion A Year

The Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Jen-Peter Kjemprud, says trade volume between Nigeria and Norway is between 30 and 40 billion dollars.

Nigeria and NorwayKjemprud in his words said:

“The volume of trade between the two countries is so difficult to say because most of the trade is being done with multinational companies, but we estimate it to be between 30 and 40 billion dollars a year.”

According to him, the relationship between Nigeria and Norway dated back to 1880s. He therefore pledged to strengthen the relationship by attracting more investors from Norway to explore available opportunities in Nigeria.
In his words:
“Norway started to export fish to Nigeria in the 1880s and 1890; the relationship was cordial until independent. However, from the last ten or 20 years, it has grown substantially both politically and economically. We now have more than 50 and 60 Norwegian companies active in Nigerian oil and gas sector, sub-sea, onshore, renewable energy and some of which are expanding.
I think in the oil sector, there could be more reciprocating in investment and cooperation. Only this week, there is going to be a huge investment contract in service sector to be signed in Nigeria with Singaporean and Norwegian Companies.”

Nigeria & EU Bilateral Trade Volume Reach €25.3 Billion In 2017

The Head of EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Ketil Karlsen has said that the bilateral trade volume between Nigeria and the European Union reached €25.3 billion in 2017.

In his words:

“About 25.3 billion Euro was traded in 2017. There is clear significant surplus in the benefit of Nigeria. Of the trade volume, around 50% more is actually benefitting Nigeria.”

Karlsen, while briefing newsmen in Abuja on the forthcoming Europe Day May 9, said this figure was an increase of 27% from that of 2016, which stood at €19.9 billion.

Chinedu Moghalu Appointed Head Of UN Communications For ARC

Chinedu Moghalu has been appointed Head, Communications & Advocacy for the Africa Risk Capacity; United Nations World Food Programme‎.

Chinedu MoghaluThe African Risk Capacity (ARC) is a specialised Agency of the African Union that provides African sovereigns with capacity building services for early warning, contingency planning and risk finance.

The agency ‎is also a specialised Agency of the African Union that provides African sovereigns with capacity building services for early warning, contingency planning and risk finance towards protecting the livelihoods of their vulnerable citizens against the impact of natural disasters through home-grown, innovative, cost-effective, timely and sustainable solutions.

Muoghalu in his new position, will be leading efforts to ensure that the work of ARC in responding to the challenges of climate change and natural disaster risk management is strategically communicated to the Member States and the international community in a way that secures commitment and boosts resource mobilization.

Chinedu Moghalu holds a M.Sc. degree in Communications for Development, and other degrees in Political Science, and Law from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and University of Lagos, in Nigeria. Moghalu, at various times, served as the Regional Head of Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) for the Southeast and Delta states in Nigeria; as well the Head of the Corporate Communication Division at its headquarters in Abuja. Before joining NEXIM Bank, Moghalu had more than 10 years career with various United Nations agencies, including the ILO and the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Moghalu is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association, International Public Relations Association (IPRA), and sits on the Board of the Chigari Foundation.