2016 Africa Energy Essay Contest

“How can Africa achieve sustainable and affordable supply of energy for all by 2030?”


Top 10 Winners of The Essay Contest"


1st Position: ADABOH Martins Okoliko (Ibom Power Company) Nigeria

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2nd Position: BEN-OKAFOR Kenechukwu () Nigeria

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3rd Position: ALABI, Adetunji (MASDAR Institute of Science and Technoology) Nigeria

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4th Position: Tanyaradzwa Gumbo (EMC Continental) Zimbabwe

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5th Position: Adedapo Oyeyemi (Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta) Nigeria

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6th Position: Adebunmi Olusola Oduyoye-Ejumedia (University of Ibadan) Nigeria

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7th Position: Durotoluwa Olumide Olanrewaju (Obafemi Awolowo University) Nigeria

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8th Position: Uche Deborah Olaedo (National Open University) Nigeria

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9th Position: Archit Agarwal N (Banaras Hindu University) India

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10th Position: Adelakun Babatunde (University of Lagos) Nigeria

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Congratulations to the top 10 contestants. They are offered complimentary pass to participate in the forum. The UK Minister for International Development, Hon. Nick Hurd, is expected to present awards to the top 3 finalists at the forum.

For enquiries and to request a letter of invitation, Contact info@thenef.org

Essay Contest Overview

The Nigeria Energy Forum is delighted to invite young professionals to make submissions for the 2016 AFRICA ENERGY ESSAY CONTEST. The essay contest will take the form of a letter written to the UN Secretary General, highlighting the challenges and opportunities for sustainable energy development in Africa. The contest follows the UN’s declaration of the decade 2014-2024 as the ‘Decade of Sustainable Energy for All’. The contest is open to all young professionals with an interest in the area of sustainable energy. We define young professionals as anyone under the age of 35.


Essay Topic

“How can Africa achieve sustainable and affordable supply of energy for all by 2030?”


Essay Contest Prizes

The winners of the essay contest will receive commendation certificates and prizes, including a unique opportunity to discuss their innovative approach to solving Africa’s energy challenge at the Nigeria Energy Forum, to be held at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria from April 12-13, 2016.

  • First Prize: iPad mini, ₦ 60,000 ($300) gift voucher, certificate of excellence and opportunity to speak at the Africa Energy Dinner on April 12, 2016.
  • Second Prize : ₦ 40,000 ($200) gift voucher, certificate of excellence and opportunity to speak at the Africa Energy Dinner.
  • Third Prize : ₦ 20,000 ($100) gift voucher, certificate of excellence and opportunity to attend the energy dinner.
  • All shortlisted entrants will be profiled at the Nigeria Energy Forum and the top 10 essays will be published on the forum website.


Formatting and Style

  • The essay must be written in English and not be longer than 1 page of an A4 paper
  • The essay cannot mention participant’s name or the name of their organisation to ensure anonymity during review. However, contact details must be provided during submission.

Essay Submission Guidelines

  • Young professionals should submit their essays as an email attachment in Word Document or PDF form, to info@thenef.org
  • The subject line of the email should read, ‘Africa Energy Essay Contest’.
  • All essays must be received by 11:59 PM GMT, January 29, 2016.
  • Please name the file as: First & Last Name_Organisation (e.g. John Appiah_University of Accra)
  • Essays must include a cover page with the contestant’s full name, address, phone number and email address.

Selection Process

All eligible entries will be reviewed by an international expert panel. The entries will be assessed based on participant’s originality, clarity and novelty in solving Africa’s energy challenge. Winners will be announced via the forum website on March 20, 2016. For further information about the essay contest, please contact info@thenef.org.


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Disclaimer: By participating, applicants accept and understand the contest guidelines and agree to the decisions made by the judges; and to release, discharge or hold the 2016 Nigeria Energy Forum (NEF 2016) team from all claims arising from their participation in the contest. Participants also release the rights to their entries upon submission. The NEF 2016 team reserve the right to make changes to the contest.