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1st Prize Winning Essay | 2014 CIPMN Essay Competition

1st Prize Winning Essay | 2014 CIPMN Essay Competition

Today, I am publishing the 1st prize winning essay in the 2014 Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN) Essay Competition.

This piece is published here with the kind permission of the author, Abdulazeez Muh’d Bashir.

I’ve republished it as the author submitted it for the contest without the slightest editing.


Below is the abstract. You can download the full essay by clicking here.

If you’re entering the 2015 CIPMN Essay Competition, this should help you. If you’re not, feel free to pass it on to someone who is.

Also, you can find other prize winning essays here.


The giant of Africa, Nigeria has an enormous youthful populace, constituting over 45% of her citizenry, it is quite abysmal that this cluster of youngsters are economically and financially impotent owing to unemployment, under-employment or un-employability. This has not only set them back as nation builders, but also made them liabilities. The National Bureau of Statistic (NBS) finds that unemployment rate was 21.1percent in 2010, 23.9percent in 2011, and abruptly rose to an astounding rate of 54percent in the year 2012. Numerous exertions were made to salvage the predicament but they seem ineffective. Hence, need be to intensify them since the government alone cannot champion the cause of employment expansion for the teeming unemployed youths.

Against this backdrop, Self-employment becomes imperative in employment expansion. Consequently, this essay aims at the reversion of the precarious unemployment imbroglio through self-employment. The author adopts secondary research methodology; utilizing data and information from local and international sources, personal experiences viz-a-viz relevant internet materials, journals, seminar papers and researches on the topic.

The essay also gave an oversight of the Nigerian youths’ situation while portraying self-employment as a priceless recourse in expanding employment opportunities for them. In effect the essay proffers several self-employment initiatives as employment expansion approaches and their potency to create jobs and sustain the economy. It contends that the youths themselves must be prepared for self-employment while government reinforces same through its agencies and policies.

You can download the full essay by clicking here.

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  1. Thanks a lot for this sir. What I’m really confused about is how to get the reference letter from my school’s registrar.

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    I for one am a meticulous personality, even to a fault. That’s my major push for subscribing to your newsletter.

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