Yakubu Gowon Foundation National Essay Competition for NYSC Members

Yakubu Gowon Foundation (YGF) National Essay Competition for NYSC Members

Essay Topic: Essay competition
Essay Level: Postgraduate (NYSC members)
Provider: YGF, NOA
Country to Write in: Nigeria

Scholarship Description
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, reported that Mr. Dan Tenshak, Chief Executive Officer of the Yakubu Gowon foundation, has revealed that the Yakubu Gowon Foundation (YGF) is organizing its 2012 national essay competition for serving National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members.

The essay competition, which is part of activities to commemorate the 78th birthday of the former Head of State, Dr Yakubu Gowon, would be organized in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency and NYSC directorate. The Yakubu Gowon Foundation Essay contest was first offered in 2011 as part of activities to commemorate Dr Gowon's 77th birthday.

YGF and NOA had hosted this competition last year in keeping to their various mandates of upholding worthy values and legacies of leadership in our nation, reorientation, mass mobilization, patriotism, peace, unity and service.

The contest is open to only serving National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in any part of the country. The restriction of entries to NYSC members is a tribute to the founding fathers of the scheme and an honor to all those who have passed through the scheme.

Eligible groups
Any Nigerian graduate currently serving as an NYSC member in any part of Nigeria

Number of awards
Ten (10) winners were selected last year

Essay Benefits (Winners Awards)
The prizes will be awarded thus:
  • 1st Place: N300,000.00;
  • 2nd Place: N200,000.00;
  • 3rd Place: N100,000.00;
  • Consolation: Seven (7) consolation prizes of N50,000.00 each
Method of Application
Essay Topic: “Harnessing Our Diversity and Strength for National Development“
The competition is aimed at keeping the mandate of upholding worthy values and legacies of leadership in the nation.
Mr. Dan Tenshak, CEO of the YGF foundation notes, “It would also help in the re-orientation of the writers and readers as well as foster peace, unity and selfless service to humanity in addition to providing an avenue for the writers to make suggestions for the development of the nation.”(NAN)
Essay requirement:
Essay must not be less than 800 words and not more than 1500 words.
NOTE: The CEO advised interested contestants to make sure that their essay is endorsed by the head of the organisation of their primary assignment and state director. (NAN)

The essay must have four parts:
  1. Title page
  2. Essay pages
  3. Bibliography (work Cited)
  4. Contestants Biography
Essay Selection Criteria:
In 2011, essays were judged based on:
  • Historical accuracy
  • Clarity of thought
  • Organization and proven topic
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Documentation
Essay Submission
PLEASE NOTE: The 2012 YGF Essay Competition is yet to be published on the YGF website as at the time of publishing this article. However, it very well should be updated anytime soon.

Submission guidelines in 2011 were as below:

Submission Guideline:
This essay contest requests that submission be made in hard copies and electronically. All contestants should ensure that hard copies reach the address below before the deadline. Electronic copies are to be sent on CD or as an attachment to an email message in MS doc, RTF or PDF.

Submission Deadline:
Entries must be submitted to the address below after the endorsement of the state director of NYSC directly or through the contestant's state directorate by Monday 10th October 2011. Essay can be sent only after it has been endorsed.

Send Entries to:
The Panel Chairman
Yakubu Gowon Foundation National Essay Contest
1 Lugard Road, Jos
Email: theygfoundation{at}yahoo.com

Submission Deadline: Awaiting publication on YGF website
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Nigerians)

Resource: Original News on leadership.ng

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