November 27, 2022

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The Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF) is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Scholarship Essay Competition. We are challenging students to think critically and strategically about change and how they can effect change in Nigeria.

The 2018 Essay Topics are themed around TechnologyYouth EngagementGender, and Socio-Economic Growth.

1) According to the National Population Commission, Nigeria’s population is currently estimated at 182 million, with more than half of the population under 30 years of age. Assess the importance of youth engagement in Nigeria’s socio-economic growth.

2) “The higher education curriculum, in particular, always serves as a means of social control, legitimating [sic] existing social relations, representing somebody’s version of what constitutes important knowledge.” What are the benefits, if any, of instituting a gender-inclusive higher education curriculum in Nigeria?

3) Using a case study or example(s), explore how technology can drive social change in Nigeria.


  • All students enrolled in their penultimate year at any NHEF Partner University are qualified to participate in the essay contest.

  • NHEF Partner Universities include Ahmadu Bello University, Bayero University (Kano), University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, University of Nigeria (Nsukka), and University of Port Harcourt.

  • Students enrolled in their penultimate year are third-year undergraduates of a 4-year degree program or fourth-year undergraduates of a 5-year degree program. NHEF will verify enrollment of each contestant with the University Registrar.


  • Grand Prize winner of the 2018 Essay Competition will be awarded a cash prize of N100,000 with a year of paid tuition.

  • The First Runner-up will be awarded a cash prize of N75,000 with a year of paid tuition.

  • The Second Runner-up will be awarded N50,000 with a year of paid tuition.


All essays must comply with the following contest rules before submission:

  • Respond to one essay prompt;

  • Only one essay may be submitted per student;

  • No literary form other than an essay will be accepted;

  • The essay must reflect the contestant’s ability to explore and discuss ideas and ethical concepts;

  • The essay must demonstrate the conduct of research and a sufficiently detailed summary;

  • The essay must be 2000 words maximum, double-spaced, (12pt Times New Roman), and numbered pages with one-inch margins excluding bibliography & title page;

  • Submitted essay must include a Title Page, a Bibliography and a scanned copy of the contestant’s current student ID;

  • The student’s name, university, and registration ID# must appear in the header section of each page;

  • References in the essay should be included and clearly identified;

  • Entries must be submitted in PDF format;

  • All entries must be submitted via e-mail to by 11:59 p.m. (WAT) on May 31, 2018.

Students are encouraged to study rules on how to avoid plagiarism, as the essays will be checked for intellectual authenticity. **This link contains a helpful guide.

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