2018 Excellent Minds Initiative (EMI) Nationwide Essay Competition

Excellent Minds Initiative (EMI) – Applications are invited from undergraduate students in the Nigerian tertiary institutions to participate in the 3rd Edition of the Annual Excellent Minds Essay Competition.

2018 Excellent Minds Essay Competition


  • The essay competition is focused on promoting critical thinking, harnessing ideas and developing the talents, abilities, gifts and skills inherent in the Nigerian youths. This we expect shall translate into a ripple effect of awareness and provide a platform for growth for future leaders of Nigeria.
  • This year’s competition invites young people to be part of the sustainable development goals’ (SDGs) solution by participating in a SDG challenge designed to engage young minds in thinking about the needs of the society; thus, encouraging them to be agents of transformational change and embrace the sustainable development goals.

Essay Topic

  • “In not more than 1,000 words, propose a strategic and sustainable innovative approach or idea that you will adopt in addressing any of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), proposals can be for a project, campaign or charity that will assist Nigeria in attaining one or more of the goals, with a focus on a specific local community or state in the country.
  • Submissions are expected to explain the strategic approach to implementing the idea; identify which United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal this idea supports; and explain how the idea will contribute to attaining this goal.


  • The essay is open to undergraduate students in tertiary institutions across Nigeria.

Essay Format
Your essay should be in MS word format using Times New Roman text, font size of 14 and double spacing. The following details should be included on the first page of your essay:

  • Full Name
  • Contact Mobile Number
  • Residential Address and Location
  • E-mail Address
  • Sex
  • Institution’s Name
  • Course of Study and Level
  • Date of Birth


  • First Prize: A Brand New Tablet + A Certificate of accomplishment
  • Second Prize: A Brand New Smart Phone + A Certificate of accomplishment
  • Third Prize: A Printer + A Certificate of accomplishment
  • Other consolations prizes are available to be won.

Closing Date
12th August, 2018.

How to Apply 
Interested and qualified applicants should send their Essay to: [email protected] and copy [email protected] and [email protected]


  • Only shortlisted applicants shall be contacted for interview.
  • For further enquiries, contact the Coordinator, Excellent Minds Essay Competition on 0803 828 5707, E-mail: [email protected] You can also call any of these numbers: 0903 7471 787, 0813 528 4036.

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