Goal Nigeria/University of Sussex #WritingGamesNG Essay Writing Competition 2016 (Fully Funded to Writivism 2016 Festival in Kampala, Uganda)

Application Deadline: August 6th 2016

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Nigeria’s victory at the Men’s Football Event of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Goal Nigeria and the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, have announced the #WritingGamesNG, an essay writing competition.

The #WritingGamesNG theme is “The spirit of Atlanta ’96 – how sport and Olympic values can promote individual and national development.”

The competition is open to final year undergraduate and post-graduate students in both Nigerian and overseas institutions and National Youth Service Corps personnel in Nigeria.

The competition is to celebrate the unprecedented victory of the Nigeria men’s football team that won Africa’s first football gold medal 20 years ago.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a final year student of a Nigerian university/polytechnic or a Nigerian final year student in an overseas university and have a valid travel document.
  • Must be a current NYSC personnel. IDs will be presented alongside entries.
  • By participating, entrants agree that their names, profiles and images can be used for publicity purposes for the competition.
  • Entries must be between 500-750 words and will be judged on the originality of ideas,
  • Entries will only be accepted via the official email, [email protected]
  • Entries close at midnight on August 6, 2016.
  • Winners will be announced on August 12, 2016 via the Goal website.


  • The Gold Medal winner will be awarded a certificate of achievement from the University of Sussex and Goal Nigeria as well as a four-day trip to the Writivism 2016 Festival in Kampala, Uganda.
  • The winning entry will also be published on the websites of Goal.com and the University of Sussex.
  • The winner will also be matched with a mentor from Writivism to help with professional development.
  • The Silver and Bronze Medal winners will receive certificates of achievement and will win placement opportunities at Goal Nigeria to undertake internships. Both entries will be published on Goal.com.
  • All three finalists will have an opportunity to contribute editorials towards Goal.com coverage of the Olympic Games and will also receive branded items from Sussex and other partners.


  • The competition will be judged by Professor Richard Follett from the University of Sussex, Professor Dipo Salami from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, and the Goal Nigeria Editorial Board.
  • The competition is also supported by AIESEC Nigeria.

Submission Procedure:

  • Entries must be between 500 and 750 words and should be sent to [email protected] no later than midnight August 6, 2016.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Goal Nigeria/University of Sussex #WritingGamesNG Essay Writing Competition 2016



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