Applications Invited for OnePipe Press Writing Challenge


Applications are invited from full time, part-time or freelance Nigerian journalists employed in any print outlet published in Nigeria, conventional or alternative, as well as syndicates and cooperatives that provide content for newspapers, for the OnePipe Press Writing Challenge. Nominations may also be made by editors, publishers, educators, and journalistic groups, among others.

Three winners will be awarded N1 million prize each in recognition of published reporting that has resulted in information sharing, idea definition, trend analysis, and definition of concepts.

All submitted articles should be 400-500 words and must have been published in recognized press media between 25th February 2022 and 20th May 2022.

Each submission to the OnePipe Press Writing Challenge must be accompanied by a link to the publication online and may be submitted online as a PDF using the online form. Broadcast submissions must be at least 20mins long, accompanied by a link to a published video/audio on any publicly available site such as Web Page, Soundcloud, Google Podcast, Youtube etc. Entries submitted without the required links or references will be disqualified.

Entries in a hard copy, Magazine or Newspaper publication must be accompanied by a digital image of article showing name and date published.

All submitted articles must be original, contain references to Nigeria, and be relevant to the Nigerian market; they must advocate for the use of embedded finance, and demonstrate great use cases of the technology, must have been viewed/watched, liked read a minimum of 500 times and contain the name of the author, which must correspond to the details on the submission. Authors using pseudonyms must demonstrate ownership of the pseudonym referenced.

Multiple entries by entrants are allowed but each submission must link to a distinctly different and relevant article. Articles may be typewritten and must be 1.15-spaced.

Any quotations or copyrighted material used in the article must be properly identified as failure to identify non-original material will result in disqualification. All entries must be written in English. The decision of the executive director is final, and no higher appeals will be recognized.

The writing challenge will be judged by a panel of an expert in financial inclusion policy and digital money, Professor Olayinka David-West, Associate Dean, Lagos Business School and qualified news editors like Muyiwa Mutuloko, Editor, TechPoint Africa; and Caleb Ojewale, Assistant Editor, BusinessDay. The challenge will run for eight weeks, from February 25 to April 14, 2022.

Submissions are being accepted from 12:00 GMT February 21, 2022 through 23:59 WAT on May 20, 2022 using the Online Submission Form.

For full information about the competition, please visit