2020 Seyi Makinde Annual Essay Competition For Undergraduates

A socio-political group, Omituntun Initiative in Diaspora, says the Seyi Makinde annual essay competition it initiated is aimed at empowering youths and preparing them as problem solvers.

This was contained in a statement signed by the OID Spokesperson, Ayotomiwa Adebayo, and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Ibadan.

The competition aims to create a platform for public policy discourse on the socio-economic concerns of Oyo State youths who dominate  over 70 per cent of the state’s  population (NBS, 2016),” it said.

The group said that the effort was in line with the vision of Gov. Seyi Makinde to empower youths and prepare them as socio-economic problem solvers.

It said that youths as future leaders would be prepared to take the mantle of leadership and propel the state to the next phase of developmental revolution.

Essay Topic

  1. The role of youths in achieving good governance, leadership and development in Oyo state’ 


2.     Digital grassroot innovation for sustainable agriculture in Oyo state,’

Essay Criteria

In order to be eligible to enter for the Competition, applicants must:

  • Must be an Undergraduate in any Higher institutions (College of Education, Polytechnics or Universities)
  • Must be within the age of 15 – 30
  • Must be an indigene of Oyo State or resides in Oyo State

Essay Reward

  • 1st Prize – 150,000 Naira 
  • 2nd Prize – 100,000 Naira
  • 3rd Prize – 50,000 Naira 
  • Top 20 Essay finalist will be sponsored for competency development training


  • The maximum word count is 1000 words
  • Only Winners and finalists would be contacted
  • Multiple submissions would result in automatic disqualification

Method of Application

“Candidates are expected to write on one of the topics above and send their entries to


Deadline: 11:59pm, 15th November 2020