About the Contest
We are excited to once again announce WeNaija Campaign 2023. As you may already know, the WeNaija Campaign is a free-to-enter contest and this year it is taking a new dimenssion.
The 2023 WeNaija Campaign aims to involve Nigerian youth in raising awareness and uptake of HPV vaccines by participating in a video content creation contest through social media.
For this years campaign, NSSF invites you to enter the WeNaija Advocacy Video Contest. Submit a 30 – 120 seconds, original video, through your preferred social media platform, sensitizing the public about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the availability of the vaccine in Nigeria.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a prevalent sexually transmitted infection worldwide. In Nigeria, HPV infection is a significant public health concern due to its association with cervical cancer with an estimated 24.5% of women aged 15 to 49 years infected. An average of 60.9 million girls and women over 15 years are at risk for cervical cancer. Over 80% of new cervical cancer cases occur in young girls and women living in rural parts of Nigeria. Several factors contribute to the high prevalence of HPV and cervical cancer in Nigeria. These include early sexual initiation, multiple sexual partners, lack of condom use, poor hygiene practices, limited access to healthcare services, low socioeconomic status, and cultural beliefs and practices.
HPV can be prevented through vaccination and Nigeria is making efforts to introduce HPV vaccination into the national program on immunization. The country has scheduled the roll-out of the HVP vaccines to take place in 2023 by implementing vaccination campaigns targeting school-age girls aged 9-14 years to provide them with the HPV vaccine.
How to Enter the Contest
The contest is open to Nigerians living in Nigeria between the ages of 18 and 35 at the time of the closing date.
- Entries must be entirely your own work. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.
- Video must be uploaded to your Instagram page/profile while tagging and following NSSF on that social media platform.
- Video must contain these 5 key words: HPV vaccines, Cervical Cancer, Girls (between Age 9 to 14), NSSF and Health Centres
- Video caption/description must have these 2 keywords: #WeNaija #WeNaijaHPVV
- Entry into the contest is free and is limited to one submission per person or group. Multiple submissions will result in immediate disqualification.
- The video content must be in line with HPV promotion (Good content)
- Video should be done in English or Pidgin English no vulgar words or any form of Nudity.
- Videos must not have been published, self-published, published on any social platform, website, blog or online forum, broadcast, have won or been placed (2nd, 3rd, runner up etc.) in any other competition.
- If your video has been long-listed or shortlisted in other competitions and provided it has not won a prize or been published, it is eligible.
- You must inform us immediately should your video be published or win a prize elsewhere.
Please ensure you read the rules carefully before entering the competition.
Entry implies acceptance of all the rules and failure to comply may result in disqualification.
- All entries are judged equally.
- Remember to include the 5 keywords in your video content and the 2 hashtags in your video description or caption while tagging and following NSSF on the social media platform your video is uploaded to or your entry will be disqualified.
- A Official Video Consent Form from all participants (individuals and team members) must be signed and submitted alongside a link to your video. This includes consent forms for any individual featured in the video who are under the age of 18. The Official Video Consent Form can be found here.
We disqualify entries if they are over the time limit (30 – 120 seconds) or are submitted on platforms not mentioned. Video content that do not meet all the eligibility requirements will also be disqualified.
Multiple submissions from the same person or group will result in disqualification.
Your video content should aim to increase awareness and promote the uptake of HPV vaccines.
Please check that you are submitting the correct version of your work before uploading or submitting the link to us as mistakes cannot be rectified later. If you find you have submitted the wrong version or link, you can resubmit a corrected link with the word FINAL before the URL.
To withdraw your entry kindly write us an email with your Full name, social media platform used, video link and your username.
The deadline date for entries is 12 midnight (WAT time) on 31st October 2023.
- Video should be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes.
- Entries must be suitable for display to a general audience with respect to language, visual content, presentation, and related issue.
- Videos may include footage shot at the site, animations, computer images, drawings, data, and so on.
The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into. Judges are unable to comment on individual entries. Judging is fair and unbiased. NSSF WeNaija Campaign reserves the right to change the panel of judges without notice.
By submitting an entry, the entrant(s) represents that the video is an original work, and the entrant(s) is the sole owner of all rights to the video. The entrant(s) also agrees to allow the Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund to use their name to post on the NSSF website, without compensation unless prohibited. Each entrant(s) retains their rights to their video but grants to NSSF a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the video, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any NSSF purpose, including, but not limited to, education, advertising, and promotion. NSSF will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses. The Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund, its agents and contractor, are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or postage-due entries. The entrant is responsible for obtaining legal permission to film on the location they have chosen. Contest void where prohibited or restricted by law. NSSF reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. Decisions of NSSF are final and binding.
Results & Awards
Winners and highly commended video contents will be notified by email in November 2023. The the winning entries will be announced on the NSSF social media platforms and through our various media correspondence.
The full results will be available on the website after the announcement of the winners.
- Carefully read the rules, entry requirements and eligibility before submission
- Click “Join Contest” to submit your entry. Be sure to select the social media platform your video is uploaded to. i.e. Instagram.
- Complete the contest form and include your video link. Your video must meet all criteria previously mentioned.
- Confirm that all fields are filled accurately and that you are submitting the correct video content, then click submit.
- Check your email for confirmation of your submission and further instructions
- Selection for the top 20 best entries will commence two weeks after the submission of entries closes.
- Judges will evaluate the top 20 based on their set criteria.
The prizes for the winners of the literature contest include:
- 4-day capacity building for to 20 entries
- Cash prizes up to N3m
- Internship placements for the top 5 participants
Born to a Nigerian father and a Jamaican mother, Koko Kalango is a freelance writer and founder of the Rainbow Book Club, a part of the Rainbow Foundation, whose work in promoting reading among young people was instrumental in Port Harcourt being named World Book Capital in 2014. She had received a national award for the honors this brought to Nigeria.
Koko has overseen projects like UNESCO World Book Capital, “Africa 39,” a selection and celebration of 39 important African writers under the age of 40, the establishment of a 300-seat library in Port Harcourt sponsored by SHELL to mark Nigeria’s centenary, the Port Harcourt Book Festival (formerly called the Garden City Literary Festival), and the Get Nigeria Reading Again Campaign, to mention just a few.
Koko is the author of Colors of Life, a devotional; she writes the Colors of Life column in This Day Style Magazine and hosts the Colors of Life Show
Sammy Sage Hassan is recognized as the premier spoken-word poet from Nigeria. As a poet, he took the art form from the small stages of open mics to major media outlets, performing hundreds of pieces for brands and some of the biggest concerts and events in Nigeria in the first decade of the 21st century.
Sage, as he is popularly referred to, is also a writer, filmmaker, and teacher. Being a performer, his skill has seen him act on stage and on television; he also is a sought-after writer of nonfiction and biography for people and organizations. In the last decade, he took his art from the page to the stage and eventually continued telling stories, especially via documentary film.
With a number of books written for clients and a few to his name, Sage has two poetry albums and about 11 film productions, including short fiction films. Another passion of his is to teach, and he makes videos and lends his voice to small gatherings usually to share the lessons and wisdom he has learned in life thus far.
His goal is to use his platforms to teach and entertain.
Kukogho Iruesiri Samson is a Nigerian writer, communications professional, and publishing entrepreneur.
Kukogho has authored four poetry books: What Can Words Do (2013); I Said These Words (2015); Words of Eros (2017); We Who Sowed Hurt & Beaded Pains (2017); and a novel, Devil’s Pawn (2020). His awards include the 2018 GT Bank Dusty Manuscript Prize, the 2017 ANA Prize for Fiction (first runner-up), the 2016 Nigerian Writers Award (NWA) for Best Poet in Nigeria, and the 2012 Orange Crush Prize for Poetry.
He was also featured on NWA’s list of 100 Most Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40 in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He is the CEO of Authorpedia Publishers, an assisted-authorship publishing firm, and the editor-in-chief of CỌ́NSCÌÒ MAGAZINE, a quarterly literary publication.
The Abuja-based writer is known for his work with young Nigerian writers and the promotion of Nigerian writing. His ultimate aim is to inspire change with social media which is a major aspect of the lives of most youths today.
Eghosa Imasuen, a Nigerian novelist who grew up in Warri. He has had his short fiction published in online magazines; and has written articles for Farafina Magazine before he finally decided to publish his first book.
His first novel, To Saint Patrick, an Alternate History murder mystery about Nigeria’s civil war, was published by Farafina in 2008 to critical acclaim. He published his second novel, Fine Boys, with the same Farafina Imprint of Kachifo Limited. He was a member of the 9 writers, 4 cities book tour that was concluded in early June 2009 in Nigeria.
A polymath, he is also a medical doctor who graduated from the University of Benin and lives in Benin City, Nigeria, with his wife and twin sons.
He runs a new publishing outlet called Narrative Landscape Press.
Anthony Onwordi is a Nigerian writer, editor, public relations senior management executives, and teacher. He is the author of the collection of short stories, Nights of a Creaking Bed, noted for exploring themes on African Sexuality, and published by Cassava Republic press.
He was the winner of the NDDC/Ken Saro Wawa Literature Prize, awarded by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), in 2009.
Tunde Leye is the author of four books and three novellas. His most recent work is the critically acclaimed historical fiction novel, Afonja: The Rise published in October 2018. His former books include Guardians of the Seals (2016), Golden Sands (2014) and children’s book The Rat Race (2011). He has also published three novellas – The Burden of Proof (2013), Yobachi (2015) and The Ahosi (2017).
He ran a popular fiction blog between 2011 and 2014 during which he wrote seven series including the popular Finding Hubby. Two of these series have been adapted for TV and Finding Hubby was adapted for a cinematic release in 2020.
Afonja The Rise was also adapted for stage in 2019 to critical acclaim and Leye is working on a slate of 10 films to be adapted from his own work, as well as those of other African authors. His goal is to bring these compelling stories about African history and culture to the big screen.
Tunde holds a bachelor’s in computer science from the University of Lagos and an MBA from the Lagos Business School. He is a partner with SBM Intelligence, a Pan-African geopolitical research firm, and a columnist for various newspapers. He is also co-founder of Fintech firm, CREDEQUITY and he lives and writes in Lagos, Nigeria.
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All entries should be submitted in accordance with the timelines stated below or as communicated.
Submissions outside of these timelines will not be considered and become automatically disqualified.
Only successful entries will be contacted.
Grants that support the Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund’s three core objectives will be awarded on a rolling basis over the next 18 months. Priority will be given to funding proposals that are cross-cutting and speak to one or more of the following objectives:
- Supporting Vulnerable Populations
- Health Systems Resilience
- Reskilling and Retooling of Nigeria’s Youth
Grants awards will vary across projects and will be determined by the approval of the NSSF board of directors. NSSF funds are not intended to replace public funds but rather to complement these.