Nigerian Environmental Study/Action Team Organises NEST at 25 Youth Essay Competition – Deadline, June 20th

Deadline: Wednesday 20th June 2012
Word Limit: Not more than 10,000 words

To mark her 25th Anniversary, the Nigerian Environmental Study/Action Team (NEST) is organising an Essay Competition for young people aged 14 – 30 years old. Essays (not more than 10, 000 words) on the topic ‘THE NIGERIAN ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN SECURITY’ are invited from the youth in three (3) categories:

1) Secondary school students
2) Undergraduates, and
3) Postgraduate students and young graduates

OTHER RULES: Essays must be accompanied by the curriculum vitae of the authors, and submitted electronically to reach the undersigned at and, not later than 20th June, 2012.

Awards will be made to the three best essays submitted in each category, at a ceremony during the “NEST AT 25″ Conference on the 26th of July, 2012.

BACKGROUND: NEST is one of Nigeria’s foremost environmental Non-Governmental Organizations. It was founded by a group of environmentalists within and outside Nigeria in 1987. NEST has since made significant contributions through research, pilot projects, public policy, raising public awareness and education on environmental and sustainable development issues. NEST is marking her 25th anniversary, among other ways, by holding this competition, with the hope of stimulating interest in the youth, who own the future, on the varied dimensions of the environment problematique. The physical dimensions of environmental degradation, like soil and gulley erosion, desertification and encroaching sand dunes, silting up and drying up of water bodies, growing scarcity of forest resources and loss of biodiversity, mounting garbage in the cities and air pollution leading to climate change, are readily observable. But how these environmental failures affect our daily lives, beyond the material shortages and discomfort they create is infrequently considered. Nigeria is at present experiencing an abnormally high level of human insecurity in various forms. Is there a link with our degrading environment? To what extent do conflicts arising from contests for environmental resources – space, farm or grazing land, water and fisheries or just forest resources – underlie the rising level of insecurity in the country? It is hoped that essayists in this competition will explore these dimensions of the impact of the environment, to enhance our appreciation of the consequences of inadequate attention to the environment.

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New Essay Competition: Morality and Free Enterprise

Deadline: April 30, 2011

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. ….” Adam Smith, The Wealth Of Nations, 1776 . In not more than 1500 words, say what could be morally wrong with the above statement? The essay is open to all undergraduates and recent graduates. Your essay should be in MS Word format and attached to an email sent by April 30, 2011 to and copy Prizes range from $500, $300, $200 and five $100 honorary mentions.

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Essay Contest: African Liberty.Org Extends Deadline

African Liberty.Org has extended the deadline for its Africa-wide essay contest from November 15th, 2010 to December 20th, 2010. The names of the winners will now be announced on January 15th, 2011. The competition is open to African students and professionals between the ages of 18-35 and resident in Africa. In addition, the initial five (5) topics have been reviewed and reduced into three distinct topics.

Choose any of the three essay topics below and read the related texts as a guide.

1. Is the free market economy alien to Africa’s development?   Discuss. (1500 words only please)

2.  What would cause you to love your country and fear your government?  Are you comfortable with the present size and influence of your government? (1500 words only please)

3.    Do you believe entrepreneurship holds the key to poverty eradication?.  How does your government treat entrepreneurs? (1500 words only please)

PRIZES: 1st place: $1000  2nd place: $850 ,  3rd place: $650 +Full scholarship to 2011 summer school, 4th place: $300+Full Tuition scholarship to 2011 summer school  5th place $200 +Full  Tuition scholarship to 2011 summer school,  Other prizes: 10 Honorable mentions: $ 100 each

For a more detailed information, click here.

New Essay Contest


Choose any of the five segments inside THE IDEAS FOR A FREE SOCIETY CD, and using a text or more write a 1500-2000 word essay, on any of the following:

•    A free market economy: the missing link in Africa’s development (Discuss)
•    Globalization: the key to development
•    A government big enough to give you all you want can take it all away (Discuss)
•    Entrepreneurship: The key to self-actualization
•    Capitalism is a moral philosophy: Discuss
This essay is open to African students and professionals between the ages of 18-35. Submission deadline: 15th November, 2010. Winners are to be announced on 15th December 2010. EVERYONE HAS AN EQUAL CHANCE OF WINNING, IRRESPECTIVE OF THE TOPIC CHOSEN.

Send your entries to: Adedayo Thomas, Nigeria – at, Franklin Cudjoe, Imani Ghana at, Murray Sanderson, Zambia–Institute for Public Policy Analysis at, or Mike Rotich, Nairobi (Kenya) at
This essay contest is an initiative of powered by International Policy Network and supported by: ATLAS ECONOMIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION AND IMANI.

For more details about the organizers and other programmes they are involved, visit their website here: