Apply for Excellent Minds Social and Youth Empowerment Initiative 2022 Undergraduate Students Essay Competition

Apply for Excellent Minds Social and Youth Empowerment Initiative 2022 Undergraduate Students Essay Competition

Excellent Minds Social and Youth Empowerment Initiative is a registered non-profit and youth-led initiative in Nigeria that addresses barriers to developmental equity and empowers young people as catalysts for sustainable development. We are committed to engaging with thousands of youths to drive social progress and inspire innovative solutions to global challenges.

Our team is truly young and multidisciplinary with expertise in health, education, digital technology, economic development, amongst others. We work with relevant partners to provide young people a seat at the table, as we build a world based on inclusive, fair, and sustainable development for all. Our partnership involves continuous engagement with young people, diverse communities, and stakeholders. This uniquely positions us to drive sustainable innovation and change. Our values of Responsibility, Excellence, Altruism, and Positive Influence (REAP) define who we are, and our vision is to raise exemplary role models.

Applications are invited for:


Title: Undergraduate Students Essay Competition 2022

Location: Nigeria
Employment Type: Volunteer

Excellent Minds Essay Competition 2022

  • The Excellent Minds Essay Competition is a brainchild of the Excellent Minds Social and Youth Empowerment Initiative. It is an annual essay competition for undergraduate students in tertiary institutions. The competition is aimed at promoting critical thinking, harnessing ideas, and developing the talents, abilities, gifts, and skills inherent in the African youth.
  • Over the years, the Excellent Minds Essay Competition has been conducted across Nigerian Universities. Since its official launch, it has inspired innovative and high-impact student projects and ideas aimed at solving Nigeria’s most pressing problems.
  • This year and on-wards, the competition is expanding to tertiary institutions across West Africa, focusing on developmental issues associated with the region. The competition theme for this year’s edition is Partnership for Sustainable Development in West Africa.


  • The timeline for the competition is five months, from 5th March, 2022 through 29th July, 2022.


  • All stages, save the grand finale, will be held virtually. The grand finale will be held in a physical location in Lagos, Nigeria.

For Whom?

  • The Competition is open to students in all disciplines across tertiary institutions in West Africa.

Essay Topic

  • Collaboration has become a necessary tool for the growth and advancement of the West African region. With the establishment of ECOWAS, the African Union, the African Development Bank, Africa Export-Import Bank, and more importantly, the emergence of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, the region is set to experience significant development through the trade sector.
  • As much as these institutions and their initiatives support and promise development, it is unfortunate that most of the anticipated development is still largely theoretical. Also, West African nations have a duty to their region, which should not negatively affect their commitment to other African regions. Please suggest practical and feasible collaborative steps that West African countries can take to stimulate growth and economic development in the region.


  • In not more than 1000 words, identify and describe some of the major challenges facing West Africa, and propose collaborative solutions for West African countries. These solutions should not negatively affect their commitments to other African nations.
  • Use 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font, 1.5-line spacing, and include page numbers.
  • The word count does not include your cover page and references.
  • All entries must be in English.


  • First Prize: Apple iPad and a Plaque
  • Second Prize: Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite and a Plaque
  • Third Prize: Kindle 6” Wi-Fi eBook Reader [10th Gen] and a Plaque

The top 5 essays will also be published on our website for unrestricted access by the online community.

Key Dates

  • 5th May, 2022: Submission deadline
  • 30th May, 2022: Shortlisted semi-finalists notified
  • 6th June, 2022 – 17th June, 2022: Phone interviews
  • 30th June, 2022: Shortlisted finalists notified
  • 29th July, 2022: 3-minute essay finals (3MEF) and Award Ceremony.

Application Closing Date
11:59 PM, West African Time (WAT): 5th May, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note: For further inquiries, please email: and copy: Facebook: @EMEssayComp.

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