PREMIUM TIMES is inviting interested Nigerians to participate in an essay competition to commemorate the one century existence of the country since its amalgamation.
The essay, titled ‘Visioning The Centenary,’ hopes to look at the remarkable journey Nigeria has taken from mere geographic expression of several hundred ethno-nations to a country in one hundred years.
The competition, open to all Nigerians but with special emphasis on people aged 30 and less, is expected to be an essay on events visualised on a decade-by-decade progression
“This is part of our corporate social responsibility for our country,” PREMIUM TIMES’ editor-in-chief, Dapo Olorunyomi, said of the contest. “We want to encourage young people to actively engage and consistently participate in constructive debates about their country.”
Conditions & Prizes
Before submitting a full essay, interested Nigerians across the world are expected to send in a statement of interest in the form of a short synopsis, with details; on which decade they want to write on; a short bio of the writer that includes, but not limited to, gender, age, religion, education, occupation, interests, passion, among others.
Prospective participants are also expected to provide their contact addresses as well as their phone numbers.
The deadline for the statement of interest, which would help make the grading process effective, is Friday, April 13th, 2013.
Each essay, which must be single lined spacing and not more than 2000 words, must focus on a particular decade – 1914 to 1923; 1924 to 1933; 1934 to 1943; 1944 to 1953; 1954 to 1963; 1964 to 1973; 1974 to 1983; 1984 to 1993; 1994 to 2003; and 2004 to 2013.
The winning essay for each decade will get 50,000 Naira. Prizes worth N500,000 will also be given out.
Each contestant can enter for more than one decade but must not exceed three essays.
The focus elements of each essay should revolve around the defining politics, science, technology and arts of that decade; it should touch on the defining intellectual momentum, major events, and leaders of thought in that period.
The essay should also mention outstanding Nigerians lost in that decade and their contribution to society.
The essay should be sent, as an attachment, to firstname.lastname@example.org and must be submitted on or before May 25th, 2013.
Further details about the contest are available here.