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2014 Essay Competition In Nigeria Things

Submissions for the Essay Contest is closed.

Winners will be announced on April 30.

The Fountain Essay Contest 2017

How to Face a Disaster?

Submissions to be posted
October 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018

Hurricanes, tropical storms, earthquakes … More and more, humans are being affected by natural disasters. But life’s challenges do not come only in the form of natural disasters – individuals have to face all sorts of disasters in their personal lives. Sometimes it’s the loss of a loved one or a job, or even a loss of faith; it could be having to abandon one’s home due to war or persecution at the hands of a tyrant. Some disasters may seem smaller at first glance, but can feel just as consequential – a first gray hair, a failed class, getting passed over for a promotion … the list goes on and on.

A life with no disasters is a fantasy. All of us face them – both personally and globally – sooner or later. Then, how should we face a disaster? Just as we take measures while constructing buildings on a fault line, can we be always prepared? How do we defend our inner peace when facing danger?

Tell us how you survive difficult times. Give us your best advice. Share your greatest life lesson.

  • Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2018
  • Contest open to all writers worldwide
  • Essay word count must be between 1,500 and 2,500
  • Essays must be submitted as Word document only through the essay contest page at
  • Cash prizes:
  • 1st Place - $1,000
  • 2nd Place - $500
  • 3rd Place - $300

Two Honorable Mentions - $150 each

Essay submission deadline For more information:
January 31, 2018

The Nigerian Stock Exchange is pleased to announce the commencement of the 2013 edition of the NSE Essay Competition for secondary schools in Nigeria, themed “Building a Sustainable Capital Market”.

Over the years, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Essay Competition inspires thousands of young people across Nigeria to showcase their practical knowledge of financial and capital market concepts learned in the classroom. The competition’s overall goal is to develop a culture of wealth creation amongst our youth – ‘Catching Them Young’.

This competition has been in operation since 2000 and has had over 10,000 entries from young writers in over 500 schools across Nigeria.

From 2013, the structure of the competition has been upgraded in order to engage more young people in our operating environment. The competition is now targeted only at Senior Secondary School students and to reflect the new focus, the nomenclature has been modified to “NSE Essay Competition – Building a Financially Savvy Generation”.


The Capital Market plays an important role in facilitating the process of economic growth in Nigeria. Discuss.


The Nigerian Stock Exchange


1st Prize

        Student                                                                                School

  • N250,000 Scholarship Fund                                          3 PCs and a Printer
  • N250,000 Equity Investment​​
  • Mini Notebook Computer/Tablet

2nd Prize

        Student                                                                                School

  • N150,000 Scholarship Fund                                          2 PCs and a Printer
  • N1500,000 Equity Investment​​
  • Mini Notebook Computer/Tablet

3rd Prize

        Student                                                                                School

  • N100,000 Scholarship Fund                                          A PC and a Printer
  • N100,000 Equity Investment​​
  • Mini Notebook Computer/Tablet

Consolation Prizes

  • N20,000 for 24 Zonal Winners ​


25 October, 2013


  • Entries open September 30, 2013 and close October 25, 2013
  • Click here to download the 2013 Essay Competition form
  • E-mail your essay to​​
  • Please read all the information and follow the instructions carefully. It is essential you fill in all fields in the entry form.
  • The top three finalists will be announced in November, 2013 at an Award Ceremony. 
  • The Competition is open to only students in Senior Secondary School
  • Entries must be written in English and be the original work of the writer
  • Entrants must submit essay on the competitions entry form and complete all the mandatory fields.
  • The maximum word-counts are 1000 words
  • Entries will be disqualified if they fail to meet these requirements
  • Entries must be the original work of the writer.  This does not rule out input or assistance from others
  • Entrants are encouraged to be creative in their response to a topic
  • Entries must respond to the topic
  • Award-winning entrants are expected to show originality, focus on topic and competent use of English as a written language.  This includes correct spelling, a good standard of punctuation and neat presentation
  • The judging criteria are

1. Focus: Is the essay on-topic? Does it provide a comprehensive response to the question?

2. Structure: Is the essay written in a clear and organized way? Does it contain an introduction and a conclusion? Can the reader easily follow the flow of argument?

3. Research: Is there a use of a variety of sources to support ideas and analysis?

4. Analysis: Based on experiences and research, are there interesting and insightful conclusions?

5. Style and Grammar: Is the writing coherent and concise? Is the essay grammatically and mechanically correct? Correct spelling and punctuation.

6. Word Count: Adherence to the 1000 words for the essay as stipulated.


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