PYO Essay Competition

Final Results

Note that formal congratulatory messages have been sent out to the winning candidates.

Thank you for your interest and participation in the competition. A certificate of participation will be issued to all eligible participants. All eligible participants will be contacted.

Junior Category
Senior Category

The submission deadline was January 30, 2024 which has now passed. Submissions are no longer being accepted. Results will be announced soon.


This essay competition is aimed at pupils of secondary schools in Ife East Local Government, Osun State, Nigeria. It is designed as a pilot for a much larger initiative to follow. 


The objective of this competition is to provide a platform for young minds to express themselves and to encourage critical thinking and writing skills among students. We believe that by engaging them in thoughtful discussions on relevant topics, we can contribute to their personal growth and development. 


Current pupils of private and public secondary schools in Ife East Local Government of Osun State, Nigeria.  

Essay Topics

The competition is in two categories - junior secondary and senior secondary. Interested applicants are to take note of the topics below and choose the one that applies to them. 

A. Junior Secondary (JS)

What does “Education na scam” mean to you and your friends? Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain your reasons with examples. (500 words)

B. Senior Secondary (SS)

What are the causes and consequences of the perception that “Education na scam” among Nigerian youths? How can this perception be changed or challenged? (750 words)


Top three essays will receive education grants up to the following values in NAIRA.  The top 10 essays in each category will receive consolation prizes.

Junior category (JS)

Winner 200,000

First runner-up 150,000

Second runner-up 100,000

Senior Category (SS)

Winner 250,000

First runner-up 200,000

Second runner-up 150,000

How to apply

Applicants must visit to make a submission. A complete submission will include the following. Incomplete submissions will be disqualified. 

(Note that you will need a Gmail account to be able to upload files. If you are experiencing difficulties uploading your file, contact us to let us know.  See contact details below)


January 30, 2024

The deadline has now passed and submissions are no longer being accepted. Results will be announced soon.

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