NCDMB Essay Competition 2023 For Undergraduates


  • The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) announces the Annual National Undergraduate Essay Competition for 2023. Open to 100-200 level students in Nigerian tertiary institutions, participants are to submit essays on ‘Nigerian Content & Lessons from Covid-19 Pandemic’ by 28th August. Prizes include N1,000,000 for the first position and laptops for the top 10 finalists. Entries will be judged on clarity, originality, and relevance, with winners announced on 20th September 2023.

Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) Undergraduate Essay Competition

The Nigerian landscape is buzzing with yet another chance for young intellects to showcase their prowess. Sponsored by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), the Annual National Undergraduate Essay Competition is back, seeking to illuminate the voices of young Nigerians, reflecting on local capacities and the future of the Oil and Gas industry.

🖊️ Competition NCDMB Annual National Undergraduate Essay
🎯 Sponsor Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB)
📚 2023 Topic Nigerian Content & Lessons from Covid-19 Pandemic
🎓 Eligibility 100-200 level students in Nigerian tertiary institutions (universities, polytechnics, colleges)
📅 Submission Deadline By 28th August 2023 via (no hardcopies)
📜 Document Requirements Admission letter or attestation from HOD. Essay: original, max 1,500 words, submitted with contact info, no personal details within essay content
🏅 Prizes 1st: N1,000,000, 2nd: N700,000, 3rd: N500,000. Top 10 finalists get laptops
📊 Judging Criteria Clarity, spelling, grammar, originality, depth of analysis, relevance to industry, conformity to rules

Essay Theme for 2023:

“Nigerian Content and the Lessons from Covid-19 Pandemic”

Eligibility and Guidelines:

  • The contest welcomes entries from students in their 100-200 level phase from both public and private universities, polytechnics, and colleges across Nigeria.
  • Submission window kicks off on 24th July 2023. Don’t let the clock tick away; ensure your essays reach the official submission portal by 28th August 2023. Beware, the late owl catches no rewards!
  • Physical submissions? They’re so last decade. Only online entries will be entertained.
  • First things first, register on the official website.

Submission Must-Haves:

  1. Proof of your enrolment: Either an admission letter or a signed attestation from your Head of Department.
  2. Creativity is the name of the game; your essay must be a freshly brewed original, penned specifically for this competition.
  3. Teamwork may make the dream work, but co-authored essays are a no-go for this contest.
  4. Keep it singular! One entry per enthusiastic mind.
  5. Words matter, but so does brevity. Keep your manuscript within a 1,500-word limit.
  6. When submitting, use the dedicated Essay Submission Form (accessible post login). However, keep your identity a secret! Don’t add your name or personal details to the essay content.
  7. Eyes on the prize, but play fair. Essays will undergo a thorough plagiarism check.

Judging Criteria:

Your essay will twirl under the spotlight, evaluated on:

  • Clear Expression
  • Spelling & Grammar
  • Original Thought Process
  • Depth of Analysis
  • Relevance to the Industry
  • Adherence to the contest rules

Rewards & Recognition:

  • 1st Prize: N1,000,000
  • 2nd Prize: N700,000
  • 3rd Prize: N500,000
  • And there’s more! All top 10 national finalists will receive a sleek new laptop.
  • The winning masterpiece? It will be featured in NCDMB’s renowned in-house magazine, the Local Content Digest.

Important Dates:

  • Shortlist Announcement: By 11th September 2023, the chosen ones will be informed for the interactive final round assessment.
  • Awards Ceremony: A grand affair on 20th September 2023.

Note: A friendly reminder to entrants – embedding personal details like email, phone number, address, name, university, or state within the essay is a quick ticket to disqualification.

Seize this unparalleled platform, reflect on the lessons of the pandemic, and shape the discourse around Nigeria’s Oil and Gas industry. Let your words make a difference!

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