Naija Stories Contest – Poems of the Everyday Nigeria

Naija Stories Contest – Poems of the Everyday Nigeria is pleased to announce another online writing contest titled “Poems of Everyday Nigeria” in collaboration with Tola Odejayi. From time to time, the lives of we Nigerians are punctuated with dramatic and significant events. We fall in love, out of love, marry, divorce, celebrate a childbirth and grieve over a death. We may even be called upon to do greater things, like save a life, lead a revolution or govern a country.

But more often, our lives are filled with the smaller, everyday things we do. Waking up. Taking our baths. Commuting to work. Visiting friends. Worshipping at church. Insulting someone over the internet. Running for shelter as it starts to pour with rain. Because these events are so everyday, we experience them in one moment and dismiss them the next as matters of no consequence.

Up till now.

Naija Stories is inviting you to celebrate, in your most creatively, imaginatively expressed poems, these everyday events that occur throughout our waking lives. There is a total prize of $300 on offer – $150 as the first prize, $100 as the runner-up prize and $50 for the third prize. So look around you, fire up your imagination, pick up your writing device of choice and get busy!


The rules are simple – they are as follows:

–         The poems must original, and not previously published in any online or print channel

–          They must be no less than a hundred words, and no more than five hundred.

–          Only one poem per person should be submitted to this contest.

–         They must be about an event that occurs very frequently in the lives of a typical Nigerian.

–         They must be written in good, clear grammatical English.

–         Special consideration will be given to poems that use language imaginatively to express ideas.

–         The deadline for submission is Sunday, 2nd of September 2012.

–         To submit, register on and allow 24hrs to be approved.

–         Go to and enter your poem directly.

–         Put the entry in the category of “Everyday Poems” and press the button, “Submit for Review”.


Dates for Contest:

The contest opens August 6 and submissions end on September 2, 2012.

Longlist of Poems that meet the criteria will be released September 6, 2012

Final Judging (by Tola Odejayi) – September 8th to 16th, 2012

The winner will be announced by September 17th 2012.


Prizes :

There will be three (3) overall winners in this contest.

First Prize – 150,000 points ($150)

Second Prize – 100,000 points ($100)

Third Prize – 50,000 points ($50)


Send any questions to Good luck!


50 thoughts on “Naija Stories Contest – Poems of the Everyday Nigeria” by Admin (@ogaoga)

  1. Finally, another contest! I’m so pleased to see this…thank you, @admin and @tolaO

  2. Let’s go on with the bobo…This is great!At last a poetry competition! @Tola Odejayi, I see you!

  3. Ah, NS! I need to organize myself and get back on here stat!!!

  4. @Admin about time too….I hope people will do justice to this….@whizdapoet @xikay @Anderson-Paul

  5. @Shai 1st ever poetry contest after how many years, trust me I ll be involved

  6. @Shai 1st ever poetry contest after how
    many years, trust me I ll be involved

  7. @Anderson- Paul Kool….

  8. @shai i still dey think o!

  9. This is absolutely wonderful God bless Tola Odejayi for this initiative. Oya poets, lets go there..

  10. Thank God no voting.

  11. This is so good. Now, it is gonna be good being a Nigerian.

  12. This is so good. Now, it is gonna be good being a Nigerian.

  13. adams (@coshincozor)

    i dont know what to do! i am blank now

  14. Way to go NS admin. I’m sure the poets in the house are excited about this opportunity. Look forward to reading the submissions.

  15. I’ll give it a shot. Kudos, naijastories.

  16. Wow, This is such a blessing to the site. Thank you @TolaO @admin. You ROCK! :-)

  17. @queennobo, @sambrightomo, @nicolebassey, you’re welcome.

    @All, I hope you are taking note of the word ‘everyday’ in the competition title…

  18. Hehehehe, everyday life tinz. Okay o. I am up for this one. Make una inspire me jare. @ Admin: why only one entry now? Guess it would be a matter of giving life to the mundane activities… Still thinking… Anyone watching out for me?

  19. Quite a motivation! I’ll definitely try this… Much thanks @Tola & @admin

  20. I want to submit my poem its proving difficult

    1. @chinedu, Please clear your cookies and cache and try again using this link

      If the problems continue, please state the exact problems you’re having. Email

  21. Na wa o. Where i dey since, i almost missed it. But chaaaaa, i fink i’m in.

  22. I am having difficulties submitting my poem. cant find “category- everyday poem” on this site

  23. I hope free verse will be viewed favourable,I don’t like rhymes.

    1. Free verse is fine, @khadijahmuhammad. Just make sure that it’s creative and that it’s about things that happen to the average Nigerian on a everyday basis (unfortunately, many entries are not taking note of this!).

  24. Lets do dis. Not for the money, but for the . . . Honour.

  25. The beginning of tomorrow is today….

    1. There’s a poet in everyone, @francis. Expecting your entry soon…

  26. Ah! Not me turf. @TolaO, nice initiative. The poets have been marginalized enough. Looking forward to reading them…

  27. Nice one. I’m sure it’s going to worth participating. Poetry isn’t dying afteral. Thanks for the reassurance.

  28. The broth and poetry brothers!

  29. The aesthetics of literature is it power of words:words speak!..let’s do this,the literary glitterati!

  30. @Tola can you edit submitted work before the deadline.

  31. Thank you.@tola I really want to win.

  32. Trying the link says permission denied. Do fix it so we can send our entries. Time is running faster than usain bolt

  33. o’ boy! av bn missing o!

  34. i don’t know about you but i feel that poems with rhymes should be favored over free verse. it just shows that some poets are more creative than the others!

  35. i just tried submitting my poem for the everyday Nigeria poem contest, dont know if it went to the right quarter, cos this thing has been proving difficult

  36. exactly, poems with rhymes are more classic compared to those without one. i agree with you @freya

  37. @tola, i’d like to appeal to the organiser(s) of this contest for an extension of the submission deadline. maybe by a week to allow more entries pour in

  38. Rolling, rolling, rolling!

  39. @uchechukwu canoe ke?
    Mbanu, eji m dollar,
    Ejikwa m N5000 notu lol

  40. @admin, I apologize for the lateness (sorry sorry please pleassseee!!!!!) but just submitted my poem for the contest.
    Is it too late yet?

  41. @admin, I can’t find the “Everyday poem” category. Deadline over?

  42. Wow! I came late…

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