Applications are invited from students across Nigeria to participate in a national essay competition organized by an NGO, Basic Trust International . It is open to undergraduates, secondary school students, as well as primary school pupils.

Prizes

Primary Schools

  • Full scholarships (see details) to tertiary level of stud y at any Federal or State institution
    within Nigeria for the top 15 essay writers
  • Day trip (by air) with parent/guardian to the Federal Capital Territory and visits to places
    of interest for 1st prize winner
  • Desktop computers to 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners
  • Books, educational materials and cash gifts to best 50 essay writers.

Secondary Schools

  • Full scholarships (see details) to tertiary level of study at any Federal or State institution within Nigeria for top 15 essay writers
  • Trip to the United Kingdom and places of interest e.g. House of Parliament,
    Buckingham Palace etc. for 1st prize winner
  • Desktop or laptop computers to 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners
  • Books, educational materials and cash gifts to best 50 essay writers
  • Other consolatory prizes include mobile telephones and call units.

Tertiary Schools

Full scholarships (see details) to tertiary level of study at any Federal or State institution within Nigeria for top 10 essay writers

  • Trip to the United Kingdom and places of interest e.g. House of Parliament, Buckingham
    Palace etc. for 1st prize winner 6-12 month internships in organizations/companies
    within Nigeria for top 10 essay writers
  • Laptop computers to top 10 essay writers
  • Books, educational materials and cash gifts to best 50 essay writers
  • Other consolatory prizes include mobile telephones and call units.

Eligibility

Pupils –Primary schools within Nigeria
Students –Secondary schools within Nigeria
Undergraduates –
Tertiary institutions within Nigeria

NOTE: Nigerian students studying abroad are not eligible to apply

Essay Topics

Primary Level: ‘Why I think my village should be the capital city of my country.’ (150-200 words)

Secondary Level: ‘The advice I would give my President if I had a half hour private audience with him.’ (300-450 words)

Tertiary Level: ‘What will be the greatest challenge facing your generation over the next decade’
(500-750 words)
            

How to Apply

Please observe the following four steps to apply

1. Applicants MUST prepare a ‘personal information sheet’ detailing the applicant’s

  • Surname
  • First name and other names
  • Full address
  • Date of birth and age
  • Sex
  • State of origin (and Local government area)
  • School or Institution of learning
  • Contact telephone number
  • Next of kin
    For applicants in tertiary institutions please also include:
  • Course of study
  • Department and faculty
  • Present year/level of study
  • Name of your course representative and HOD2. Write an essay (this must be handwritten) on the topic (relevant to your level of study)
    listed on the right pane.

    3. Each applicant MUST pay an application fee
    The competition application fees are as follows

Primary School Pupils:       N500

Secondary students:            N500

Tertiary undergraduates:     N500

Use the applicant’s full name on the bank teller (when making the deposit).

The EC2011 application fee MUST be paid into one of the bank accounts listed below.

Guaranty Trust Bank      Name: EC2011   Number: 421-420-753-6114
United Bank of Africa     Name: Basic Trust (EC2011)   Number: 101-555-9459
Intercontinental Bank     Name: Basic Trust (EC2011)   Number: 010-494-4146

How to Submit an Entry

Send all the following to EC2011 organizers

  • Your personal information sheet
  • Your essay
  • Clear photocopy of your bank teller

Deadline: 26th of August, 2011

For enquiries or questions, contact the EC2011 Competition Coordinator  on 07063107961 / (39) 770323. Email: [email protected]

You can either post the above to EC2011, P O Box 1689, Sapon, Abeokuta, Ogun State or email copies to [email protected] Please do not submit through both methods.

For more information, visit their website by clicking here.

CAUTION: We do not encourage you to pay to participate in essay contests but since the fee is quite small, you may consider taking the risk.

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