The Zeribe Nwosu Foundation (ZNF) hereby launch the ZNF Annual Essay Competition for the year 2024. In this essay, authors are to reflect on their own experience or perspectives gathered in consultation with others to articulate the challenges/issues associated with undergraduate education in Nigeria. Importantly, the authors should suggest possible solutions. The work to be submitted must be original and that of the authors. However, we encourage all authors to use this opportunity to learn to seek feedback from peers or superiors.


  • 1st Prize – N50,000 (Fifty thousand Naira)
  • 2nd Prize – N40,000 (Forty thousand Naira)
  • 3rd Prize – N30,000 (Thirty thousand Naira)
  • + 2 Honorable Mentions (at N10,000 each)

*NOTE – Collusion or plagiarism will lead to automatic disqualification


1. The author must be at least an undergraduate in any Nigerian university (private or public).

2. Individuals that would have completed NYSC by July 15 2024 are not eligible to apply.

3. Only one submission is permitted per author.

4. Essays that do not conform to the essay specifications below will be deemed ineligible.

5. Unless permitted by the ZNF, only submissions made using this form will be considered. Unsolicited emailing of the essay to the foundation is not allowed.


1. Essay should be a maximum of 2,000 words (excluding references if included)

2. Essay document layout should be: font size – 12, font type – Arial and line spacing – 1.5


  • Submission deadline/closing date – July 15, 2024
  • Result announcement – August 1, 2024


  • Each essay will be reviewed by at least two persons who will assign scores (in percent) as follows:
  • Adherence to essay specifications = 10
  • Organization/structure/logical flow = 10
  • Clearly outlined opportunities (with explanations) = 20
  • Clearly outlined threats (with explanations) = 25
  • Use of solid examples to buttress points = 10
  • Grammatical and spelling correctness = 15
  • Solid convincing conclusions = 10
  • Evidence of plagiarism = Disqualification

The harmonized version from the winning essays will be subsequently published on our website and possibly on other platforms.

Application Documents

  • Essay (only MS Word document format is allowed)

Application Deadline

  • July 15, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified are to CLICK HERE to apply