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Atiku Abubakar #EducationSolutions Essay Competition Longlist Announcement

The judges of the Atiku Abubakar #EducationSolutions essay competition are pleased to announce a 10-person longlist, as follows (names arranged in alphabetical order):


Ajewole Kehinde Samson (25)

Business Economics, York University, Canada 

Ekulide Miracle Chukwuemeka (18)

Petrochemical Engineering, American University of Nigeria, Yola, Nigeria

Emeka Ezekwesiri Chigozie (20)

Law, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria 

Emem Pamela Bassey-Etuk (19)

Economics, Durham University, Durham, UK

Hassan Funom Restoration

Natural Environmental Sciences, American University of Nigeria, Yola, Nigeria (19)

Iloka Obinna Augustine (20)

Agronomy, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria

 Jemima Osilama Abu (15)

Mechatronics Engineering, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria 

Kenechukwu Nneka Lily Nwagbo (19)

International and Comparative Politics, American University of Nigeria, Yola, Nigeria

Mandu Ben Ekanem (35)

Masters in Human Resource Management, Walden University, Minneapolis, USA

 Nyinoh, Iveren Winifred (30)

PhD Microbial Sciences Research, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK 


The competition winner and runners-up will be announced at 3pm Nigeria Time on Monday October 28, 2013, on

The essay competition was launched in August 2013 to provide an opportunity to undergraduate and postgraduate Nigerian students to contribute innovative ideas and solutions towards solving any of Nigeria’s many educational challenges.

Entrants were asked to write an essay of between 2,000 and 5,000 words on the topic More Learning to More People: How can Nigeria be more innovative in bridging its literacy and skills gap? 

Submission of entries closed on August 31, 2013, with more than six hundred entries making it into the judging round.

“I’m delighted to see the enthusiasm with which young Nigerians have responded to the essay competition,” says Alhaji Abubakar, sponsor of the contest. “For me it demonstrates how passionate Nigeria’s young people are about contributing solutions to their most pressing problems.”

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