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National Online Essay Competition for Senior Secondary School Students

National Online Essay Competition for Senior Secondary School Students

Federal Ministry of Information and Culture (FMIC) in conjunction with Aflon Digital Academy, Kuje, Abuja (AFLON) hereby announce for the benefit of senior secondary school students, their principals and proprietors, a national online essay competition with the theme: ‘Life and living in Nigeria.’ The programme is in part to commemorate the Children’s Day Event for 2016.

In 2016, essays are hereby requested is to be written about “Life and Living Nigeria” of today: to also highlight the joys and pains of daily living and how it affects everyone, especially children growing up in contemporary Nigeria. We seek practical illustrations of helplessness and discouragement all around; inclusive of stories that show how we are as a society at home, on the road, at work; even at places of worship. We also seek feedbacks on personal experiences or of those of others about courage to do good, kindness and survival in spite of all odds.


“Life and Living Nigeria”

Essays could be about the energy of the electricity situation; in terms of their practical effects on daily living? How are we coping and how these issues affecting our lives regarding the shortfall of promise and the agony of our unrealized aspirations as a nation. It also could be about our politics and the ways, means and processes leading to being elected or selected to positions of power. It could be about how political power is being used or otherwise mis-used to liberate and do good or otherwise?

It could also be about corruption as seen from the eyes of the youth: practical tips on how corruption is to be recognized? How does corruption dictate our attitudes about who we are and how we relate with others? Above all, essays could be about the practical and innovative ideas on effectively combating the problem?

Finally, it could be an essay on how to overcome, how goodness could be made to triumph over the very worst of human behaviour in Nigeria.


Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Nigeria


Winners’ event will be held to coincide with the Children’s Day Celebration on Friday, May 27, 2016. The proposed prizes are as follows.

  • 1st Prize: NGN500,000.00
  • 2nd Prize: NGN300,000.00
  • 3rd Prize: NGN200,000.00

In addition, recognition would be accorded to the schools that produced the winners


Saturday, 14 May, 2016


  • The essay competition is open to all Secondary School Students in all schools: Public and Private in Nigeria.
  • Participants must be not less than 13 or more than 20 years of age on Saturday, 14 May, 2016 and should currently be in SS1 and SS2 classes.
  • Participants are to express interest to take part by registration on our website: After due registration, each participant will be given a Unique Registration Number (URN), which will subsequently be used for all subsequent transactions.
  • Registration of prospective participants through the website is FREE of ANY CHARGE.
  • Unique Registration Number (URN) is to be used in all subsequent submission by the participants. All essays will be blind reviewed, using the assigned URN only. The essay as submitted should therefore not contain references to specific individuals, firms, or schools, which might reveal the writer’s identity to the reviewer.
  • Essays must be in English language and should not be longer than Ten (10)A4 pages (4,000 words, maximum), 1.5 line-spaced.
  • Each participant can only submit one essay. It should be submitted to the e-mail address:
  • Each essay must be accompanied by an abstract (max. one page). The abstract will be used by the jury to make a pre-selection.
  • All essays must be original. No previously published material will be accepted. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.
  • We recommended that you write your essay in a word-processing program (check for grammar and spelling; clarity counts).
  • All submissions become the absolute property of FMI/AFLON, and it reserves the right to publish and/or to make available to the public the winning essays without recourse to the writer.
  • The decision of the Panel of Judges is final and is not subject to an appeal. Regardless, the very utmost would be done to ensure transparency and fairness to all stakeholders.
  • To participate, please register first and obtain a Unique Registration Number (URN).  Click this register button.


For additional information, all participants are free to contact the following representatives of the organizers’:

  • Olujimi OYETOMI
    Federal Ministry of Information & Culture, Abuja.
    Aflon Digital Academy, Kuje – Abuja.

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