Mgbanghe Announces 2019 Essay Competition for Students

12 Nov 2019

About the Essay Competition

The Annual Mgbanghe Essay Competition is now accepting entries, starting, Tuesday, 12 November 2019. Submissions can be made until midnight of Friday, 13 December 2019. Winners will be announced on Monday, 23 December, 2019.

Mgdbanghe has as one of its core objectives the nurturing of the creative talents of young people in Adamawa State, starting from the old “Numan Federation”. We endeavour to promote literacy, expression and creativity among young people by celebrating excellence and imagination. We also encourage dialogue and the spirit of debate and critical thinking. This was what prompted us to introduce the Annual Mgbanghe Essay Competition.

Open to all indigenes of Demsa, Lamurde and Numan local government areas of Adamawa State, our essay competition offers young people an opportunity to make their voices heard, to engage with topical issues that are important to them and to express their aspirations for the future. What we hope to see in the entries each year is a collection of essays that provoke discussions about important issues from the perspectives of the leaders of tomorrow. We hope that this essay competition gives them the opportunity to showcase and hone their creative and critical skills as future leaders.

Theme: The theme of this year’s edition of the competition is: Innovation and Nigerian Youth Participation in National Development. All essays entered for the competition are expected to focus on these themes, but respecting the specific demands of the title chosen.


Cash prizes and certificates will be presented to the top three entries in each category at a special essay awards ceremony in the last week of December 2019. Details will be communicated to the winners.

Tertiary Category:
First Prize – N100, 000.00
Second Prize – N70,000.00
Third Prize – N50, 000.00
Secondary Category:
First Prize – N70, 000.00
Second Prize – N50, 000.00
Third Prize – N30, 000.00

Entry Categories

Tertiary Category: 

Open to all indigenes of Demsa, Ganye, Guyuk, Jada, Lamurde, Mayo Belwa, Numan, Shelleng Toungo Local Government Areas, Adamawa State, who are current undergraduate students in universities, polytechnics and tertiary colleges anywhere in the world. Entrants must choose one of the three topics below and write an original essay on it in not be less than 1500 words, but also not more than 2000.

1. Beyond Mechanisation: Artificial Intelligence and the future of Agriculture in Nigeria

2. Recent advancement in robotics and machine learning spell clear danger to the relevance of man in the workplace: should the Nigerian worker be worried?

3. Innovation is never about machines, but about people. Discuss

Secondary Category:

Open to indigenes of Demsa, Ganye, Guyuk, Jada, Lamurde, Mayo-Belwa, Numan, Shelleng Toungo Local Government Areas, Adamawa State, who are secondary school students (any level) anywhere in the world. Entrants must choose one of the three topics below and write an original essay on it in not be less than 1000 words, but also not more than 1500.

1. To attract Nigerian youth into Agriculture, we must use innovation as bait. Discuss

2. To improve standard of education in Nigeria, Artificial Intelligence must replace teachers in the classroom. Do you agree?

3. No nation can compete in the near future without massive investment in Artificial Intelligence. Make a case for or against.


1. The Competition is open to Demsa, Ganye, Guyuk, Jada, Lamurde, Mayo-Belwa, Numan, Shelleng Toungo Local Government Areas of Adamawa State, who are current students in secondary or tertiary institutions in any part of the world

2. Entrants must choose either Secondary or Tertiary categories, but never both 

3. Only one essay per entrant is allowed. Entries must be in either Standard British English (SBE) or American Standard English (SAE) but not both at the same time.

4. Plagiarism: entrants who are found to have plagiarized all or part of their essays will be disqualified. 

5. Essays submitted for the competition MUST be the entrant’s own work and must not have been previously published anywhere.

6. Essays can only be submitted in either Word doc. or pdf format.

7. While the author retains the copyright for the essay, by entering an essay to this competition, the author expressly grants Mgbanghe permission to publish the essay in book form, online or in an audio-visual format without any further copyright liabilities.

8. All entries must be submitted before midnight on Friday, 13 December 2019.

9. The decision of the judges is final and Mgbanghe will not enter into correspondence with anyone on the competition after the winners are announced.

10. Members of Mgbanghe and their immediate family members are not allowed to participate in this competition.

11. Essays must be accompanied by scanned copies of school identity card and an indigene letter. Mgbanghe will demand to sight the originals of both documents at the presentation of prizes.

Submission Guidelines

1. Essays must be submitted online in Word .doc or pdf format

2. Essays must be sent to on or before midnight on Friday, 13 December, 2019. Late entries will be automatically disqualified

3. Each entry must have a cover page with the following information

–  Indicate category entered for at the top right hand corner of the cover page

Title of the essay [must also be inserted in footer of every page]

Name of author [surname first]

Name of the author’s school and class/level of study

Date of submission4. Essay must be written in Calibri fonts, 12 points size and double-spaced


  • Lord Happison says:

    What about unemployed college graduates?

    • admin says:

      Hello Happison. Thank you for your interest in our competition. We’re however sorry to say our essay competitions are for students only. Perhaps, in the future, we might come up with a different programme for graduates who are out of work.

      Please stay in touch.

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