There are many online competitions ongoing in Nigeria. At the end of these competitions, prizes are won. The prizes could be cash prizes, scholarship awards, or other forms of recognition.
Since it is an online competition, students are called to compete in Nigeria using a computer. Some of the competitions start online and end physically in a hall. Others end with a national television show.
Some of these students’ online competitions include:
- UBA national essay competition
- Cowbellpedia Mathematics competition
- NANS essay competition
- MTN mPulse spelling bee competition
2024 Nigerian Students’ Online Competitions
1. UBA National Essay Competition
Every year, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) conducts an essay competition for Nigerian students. This competition is nationwide. Those who are to participate in this national competition are senior secondary school students. Such students must be Nigerians.
The United Bank for Africa decided to establish a Foundation that would promote the reading culture of Nigerian students years ago. It has continued to use the Foundation for the promotion of reading culture among Nigerian students. The Foundation also extends this intellectual competition to other African countries.
Eligibility: For you to be eligible for this competition, you must:
- Be a secondary school student in Nigeria
- Submit a handwritten essay of not more than 750 words
- Provide your recent passport photograph
- Provide your birth certificate, national identity card or international passport
Application: To apply for the UBA national essay competition, visit www.ubagroup.com/national-essay-competition. In there, you will get all the details of all that is required for the competition. The organizers of the competition will want to have your name, age, the school you attend and its address, your residential address and telephone number. They will then give you the essay topic to write.
For 2023, the essay topic is “ASUU Strike has often cost Nigerian Students time. Advise the Nigerian Government on how they can reach an Agreement with ASUU to Improve Tertiary Education in the Country”.
You have a deadline to submit a scanned copy of the essay that you have handwritten. Note that typed copies will be rejected. You have to go back to the website and upload the scanned copy of the essay to the website’s digital portal. At this time, you have to upload your provided identity document.
Professors will evaluate all the submitted essays and select the best twelve. The professors will then give these twelve students another essay that they will supervise.
Out of the twelve, the professors will select the best three. These last three are the ones that the Foundation will announce as the winners of the year’s essay competition.
Prizes for the UBA National Essay Competition
- Overall winner, ₦5,000,000
- First Runner-up, ₦3,000,000
- Second Runner-up, ₦2,500,000
- 12 selected winners, new laptops and other educational research tools
The application deadline for the 2023 essay competition is Friday, 14 October 2022. For the 2024 edition, visit the Foundation’s website for its deadline. It is a yearly affair so you can always apply.
2. Cowbellpedia Mathematics Competition
Cowbell, the producer of cowbell milk, conducts a yearly Mathematics competition called Cowbellpedia Mathematics Competition. The Cowbellpedia Mathematics competition is for all JSS 3 and SSS 2 students in Nigeria.
It does not matter if these students are in private or public schools in Nigeria. As long as they are in JSS3 or SSS 2, they are qualified to apply for the competition.
The purpose of the Cowbellpedia Mathematics Competition is to encourage the teaching and learning of Mathematics in all secondary schools in Nigeria. For this reason, Cowbellpedia rewards not only the participating students but also their teachers as well as their schools.
The Cowbellpedia Mathematics Competition portal is open for registration every year. In 2023, the organizers of the competition opened the portal between March 1 and July 31, 2023. That of 2024 will likely open about the same time. You can always check the official website at www.cowbellpedia.ng for details.
Students must be in either JSS3 or SSS2 classes. Schools are to register their best Mathematics students. Preferably, the students should be five from JSS3 and five from SSS2 irrespective of gender, tribe, religion or state of origin.
On the official website of Cowbellpedia, you will see a form that you must complete and submit during registration. Registering schools must have email addresses. Upon registration, Cowbellpedia will send an email to the email address that the school registered with a verification link.
After verification, the school can then log in and register each student under Candidate Management. Schools must provide the photos of all registered candidates for easy verification.
On the receipt of the registration form, Cowbellpedia will send a confirmation slip to the school’s email address, which the school principal must authenticate.
The organizers of the competition will require this confirmation slip for the admission of the candidates to the competition.
Rules of the Cowbellpedia Mathematics Competition
- A date is fixed for all states and Abuja to hold stage 1 of the competition. This is the qualifying examination that all registered students must write.
- Organizers of the examination will not tolerate latecomers.
- Those to write the qualifying examination must go with their biros, pencils, erasers, rulers and Mathematical tables
- Calculators are not allowed
- No examination malpractice
Stages of the Cowbellpedia Mathematics Competition
Stage 1 is a nationwide examination that is held in all states of the federation. Stage 2 is a television quiz show that will be held on a television station.
Cowbellpedia Mathematics Competition Prizes
- First position, ₦30,000 per state
- The second position, ₦25,000 per state
- The third position, ₦20,000 per state
- First position teacher, ₦30,000
- Second position teacher, ₦25,000
- Third position teacher, ₦20,000
- First student, ₦2,000,000
- Second student, ₦1,500,000
- Third student, ₦1,000,000
- Fourth—sixth student, ₦150,000
- First student teacher, ₦500,000
- Second student teacher, ₦400,000
- All semi-finalist eliminated students, ₦75,000
- All eliminated preliminary students, ₦50,000
- Teachers of eliminated finalists’ students, ₦50,000
- Teachers of eliminated preliminary students, ₦30,000
- Laptops for first and second students and their teachers
- Trophies for first, second and third students
- Medals for first, second and third students
- Tablets for all other students
- Computers for winning schools
- Textbooks for winning schools
3. NANS Essay Competition
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) also organizes essay competitions for Nigerian students in secondary schools. The NANS essay competition is open to all students in all secondary schools in Nigeria. All such students must be more than 18 years old.
NANS Essay Competition Prizes
The NANS essay competition prizes ranges are:
- Star winner, ₦250,000
- First Runner-up, ₦100,000
- Second Runner-up, ₦50,000
4. MTN mPulse Spelling Bee Competition
MTN, a popular service provider in Nigeria, conducts spelling competitions for Nigerian primary and secondary school students who are between the ages of 9 and 15. This competition aims at promoting English Language studies in all primary and secondary schools in Nigeria.
You can get details of the MTN spelling bee competition at www.mtnonline.com/mpulse.
Prizes for the MTN Spelling Bee Competition
- First student ₦2,000,000, a laptop and a smartphone
- First student’s teacher, ₦350,000
- First student’s school, laptop bags and modems
- Second student, ₦1,000,000, a smartphone and an mpulse bag
- Teacher, ₦200,000
- School, nothing
- Third student, ₦750,000, a smartphone and an mpulse bag
- Teacher, ₦100,000
- School, nothing
Nigerian students have many competitions that they can participate in yearly. If you are a student reading this article, take advantage of these competitions. They will help you.