In its bid to commemorate Nigeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations, Intercontinental Bank has instituted an Essay Competition for undergraduates in the nation’s universities. Aptly tagged “50 STARS @ 50”, the essay competition will produce 50 winners who will be unveiled to the world during the Nation’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations on October 1, 2010.

The competition is not only a modest contribution to the intellectual growth of the Nation, but also another way of demonstrating a genuine desire to continuously support human capital development in our dear country. The essay will seek to engage the participants on a soul-searching adventure on the Nation’s journey so far and in the end produce an illuminating exposé enunciating how far we have gone as a Nation, what has been achieved, the pitfalls, and how best to achieve a better Nigeria.

The objectives are specifically to celebrate with Nigeria and Nigerians at 50, and to create a platform for getting the input of Nigerian youths into the process of national planning, leadership and nation-building.

Writing on ‘Nigeria: A Nation @ 50, The Past, The Future’, university students across the country will stand a chance to win the following prizes

Overall best prize:
Educational grant to the tune of N500, 000.00, cash prize of N500, 000.00 plus one HP Mini Laptop.

Second best prize:
Educational grant to the tune of N300,000.00, cash prize of N300,000.00 plus one HP Mini Laptop.

Third best prize:
Educational grant to the tune of N200,000.00, cash prize of N200,000.00 plus one HP Mini Laptop.

4th–50th Prizes:
One HP mini laptop each.

All completed forms should be attached to the type-written essay with a copy of valid university ID card and submitted to the nearest Intercontinental Bank branch nationwide.

Closing date now 22nd October, 2010


You can read more and download the application form here.