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The Nigerian Stock Exchange Annual National Essay Competition, 2012


The Nigerian Stock Exchange is pleased to announce the commencement of the 11th edition of the Annual National Essay Competition for secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The competition’s overall goal is to develop a culture of wealth creation amongst our youth – ‘Catching Them Young’. This landmark initiative continues to be guided by the following key objectives:

  • Expose the young ones to the operations of the stock market;
  • Develop a culture of medium and long-term investment habit among the youth;
  • Expose the students to career choices in the securities market and related professions;
  • Fill some gaps between school curriculum and practical approach to investing in the stock market.


  • Secondary Schools: What are the Benefits of Good Corporate Governance?
  • Tertiary Institutions: Corporate Governance and Nigerian Capital Market Development. Discuss.


The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)


Secondary Schools (national winners):

  • 1st Prize: N200,000.00 (Two hundred thousand naira only)
  • 2nd Prize: N150,000.00 (One hundred and fifty thousand naira only)
  • 3rd Prize: N75,000.00 (Seventy five thousand naira only)
  • Consolation Prizes: N15,000.00 (Fifteen thousand naira) each for 34 Runners-up

Tertiary Institutions (national winners):

  • 1st Prize: N300,000.00 (Three hundred thousand naira only)
  • 2nd Prize: N200,000.00 (Two hundred thousand naira only)
  • 3rd Prize: N100,000.00 (One hundred thousand naira only)
  • Consolation Prizes: N20,000.00 (Twenty thousand naira) each for 34 Runners-up


  • All national winners are entitled to a certificate and plaque
  • 1st Prize winners’ institutions shall receive a trophy each
  • 34 state winners including FCT shall receive consolation prizes
  • Equivalent cash prizes will be given out in form of shares of quoted companies


12 November 2012 (Extended from November 2)


  • Only one entry per person is allowed
  • All entries must be accompanied with the competitor’s entry form
  • The entry forms can be downloaded here- for secondary schools and for tertiary institutions
  • The Essay competition is open for two categories; students in senior secondary school and tertiary institutions in Nigeria
  • Entries must be typewritten in English
  • The maximum word count is 2,000 words
  • Essays must be original and unpublished
  • All entries must be submitted via email to
  • All entries become the property of The Nigerian Stock Exchange and will not be returned.
  • The decision of The Nigerian Stock Exchange panel of judges is final
  • Names of winners and runners-up will be published in select Newspapers.


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  1. Thanks for sharing. But under what category shall those awaiting Law School resumption fall under?

  2. i have left high school but not yet in the university. i’m i eligible and if yes under which category?

    • Hi Uche,
      I think you’re ineligible. If you download the application forms, you’d see that your current school details –secondary or tertiary — must be supplied. That leaves you ineligible.

  3. How do we submit the typed typed essay and the form via email.pls enlighten me

    • Hello Abdul,
      To submit your entry, simply follow these simple steps:
      1. Write your essay entry.
      2. Click the link of the entry form contained under the “guidelines” above.
      3. Fill the form with all the necessary details.
      4. Compose a new message in your email account.
      5. Attach both your essay and the entry form.
      6. Hit the “send” button.

  4. Alabi j.z says:

    Inspiring hints on the tertiary topic pls

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