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  The Asido Foundation is inviting undergraduates from across Nigeria to enter the Jemila Abubakar Memorial Essay Competition, which it is organizing. If you are a student at a tertiary institution in Nigeria who is passionate about making people more aware of mental health issues, you could get involved in the competition for a chance to win a cash prize.
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The Jemila Abubakar Memorial Essay (JAME) competition is organized by the Asido Foundation in the memory of Late Miss Jemila Abubakar, the foundation’s pioneer project manager. It takes place annually and is targeted at undergraduates in Nigeria. This year’s edition has the theme, Mainstreaming Mental Health in Nigeria: Barriers and Opportunities. The top 15 participants will be placed in three cohorts and will help with the implementation of Asido Foundation’s initiatives across various communities. This will last for three months. The cohorts will be led by the top three winners of the essay competition, who will also receive cash prizes.


The top essay writers will benefit from the competition in the following ways:
  • The top three winners will get these prizes:
  1. First Prize: ₦200,000
  2. Second Prize: ₦150,000
  3. Third Prize: ₦100,000

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  • The top 15 participants will get a certificate
  • They will also be enrolled in the 2023 JAME Fellowship program


Persons who want to enter the competition must meet these criteria:
  • Should be an undergraduate of a tertiary institution in Nigeria
  • Must be able to provide evidence that they are students
  • Should sign the Asido Foundation’s ‘Unashamed’ pledge

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The Application Process

Participants’ essays should be between 750 and 1,500 words long. They should also attach a scanned copy of a recent passport photograph, proof of their studentship, and a certificate of the signed unashamed pledge (linked here). These should all be emailed to Note: The body of the email should include the full name, email address, phone number, name of institution, course of study, department of study, and level of study of the entrant. Applications will remain open until December 9, 2022. Winners will be announced on January 19, 2023. Featured Image Source: Scholarship Region
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This article was first published on 22nd November 2022


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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  • I know that many students participate in such competitions. Unfortunately my writing skills are not that good and my text always came out unreadable. One day I decided to get essay help []( and the writers helped me a lot with writing my assignments. When I compared the final version and my text, I understood why I had so many mistakes in the text.

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