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2020 GGAC Essay Competition Is Open

Updated: Sep 30, 2020

The Give Girls A Chance Essay Competition is once again open for entries! Now in its fourth year, the competition is open to young girls across Nigeria.

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented effect on various facets of society, including education. Across the world, including in Nigeria, the education of children was interrupted when lockdown measures went into place to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. In Nigeria, this pandemic puts efforts to bridge gaps in gender equality at risk. The impact of the pandemic and possible solutions form the theme of this year's competition.

To participate, girls are invited to submit essays of 2,000 words or less answering the following prompt:

"In your own words, please discuss what you think the greatest impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been on women and girls, and the measures that the government, private sector, and civil society can take to help cope with the crisis."


The competition is open to Nigerian girls between the ages of 13 and 19. To be eligible, all essays must be written in English and be a maximum of 2,000 words. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of independent judges and evaluated against three criteria: the quality of arguments, grammar and vocabulary, and overall flow.


The top three essays will win recognition and financial awards. Winning essays will be published on the Give Girls A Chance website and authors will win:

  • First prize: N30,000

  • Second prize: N20,000

  • Third prize: N10,000

How to Enter

Email your essay to Deadline to submit is 21st October.

About the Award

The Give Girls A Chance Essay Competition was launched in 2017 as part of the Give Girls A Chance Foundation's efforts to increase access to quality education for the Nigerian girl child. The competition aims to give young Nigerian girls the opportunity to foster constructive and innovative ideas to address Nigeria's development challenges.

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