2022 National Ethics Essay Competition

Theme: The Faces of Corruption in Nigeria

Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for personal gain” (T.I.). Unfortunately, corruption is prevalent in almost all sectors in Nigeria and it is gradually becoming a norm in the society. The CSAAE Ethics Essay Competition is therefore aimed at identifying the various forms of corruption in Nigeria, how they are practiced and proffering possible ways to end such practices.


The competition begins with the submission of the name and brief description of the form of corruption that the person has experienced and wishes to write about. The competition board will review the submission and approve or deny the topic. Approved topics can then be developed into full essays. The full essays will be screened by a team of ethicists.


Essays will be judged based on the following criteria;

  1. a. Originality of thoughts and ideas as expressed.

  2. b.Veracity of facts and problems identified.

  3. c. Practicability of proposed solutions.

  4. d. Organization
  5. e. Mechanical accuracy.


The following are the criteria for eligibility for this competition;

  1. a. Must be a Nigerian Citizen with proof of citizenship.

  2. b. Must be domiciled in Nigeria.

  3. c. Must be an adult.

  4. d. Participants below 18 years of age can participate with the permission of their parents.


  • a. Click here https://rb.gy/t2ymuwto submit the name and brief description of the corrupt practice you wish to write about.
  • b. Once we receive your submission, the review board will approve or deny your topic within 24hrs.

  • c. If the board approves your topic, you can then go ahead and develop the full essay.



  1. a. Any submission after the deadline of November 25, 2022will not be considered.

  2. b. The essay should be at most 2000 words and not less than 1500 words (including Title page, Bibliography or References). Essays of more than 2000 words will be disqualified. Essays of less than 1500 words will be penalized with reduction in marks at the judges’ discretion.

  3. c. The essay must be written in English language.

  4. d. The essay topic must be related to the theme.

  5. e. Any preferred reference format may be employed but references must be clear, verifiable and accessible.

  6. f. The entry must be word processed and well presented.

  7. g. Please include a separate title page showing the essay title, your name and address

  8. h. Page Numbering should begin from the title page.

  9. i. Name, address or other identifiers should not appear on any page other than the title page.

  10. j. Please assign the copyright of the essay to CSAAE by following the procedure in the next guideline. Failure to do so would lead to automatic disqualification from the competition.

  11. k. The assignment pledge as written below should be copied on the last page of the essay entry and signed appropriately.

“I hereby assign to Centre for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics (CSAAE) the copyright of the essay submitted (the “Essay”), excluding the moral rights to the Essay, absolutely throughout the world, in all languages, for the full period of copyright. For the avoidance of doubt, this assignment includes the rights to supply the article in electronic and online form.

  1. l. Full essays must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document email attachment sent to ethicsessaycompetition@csaaeinc.org



  • a. Best essays will be published in an upcoming international book on corruption.

  • b. Authors of the three best essays will be awarded cash prices of N60,000; N80,000 and N100,000.00 at the 2022 CSAAE Awards Dinner.

  • c. Authors of three best essays will discuss their essays at the dinner, on radio and/or TV.


  • a. Submission of essay topics commences on October 15, 2022

  • b. The deadline for submission of essay topics is October 25, 2022

  • c. The deadline for submission of full essay is November 25, 2022



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About Our Founder
Fr. Godswill Agbagwa

Godswill Uchenna Agbagwa is a Catholic priest and a social ethicist. He was born in Umueze Amaimo, a small village in Ikeduru LGA of Imo State to Mr. Charlyman Chikamnele Agbagwa and Mrs. Evelyn Chinyere Agbagwa of blessed memory.