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QCEC2022 vers 4 (Final)
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Vicky Olu-Osifeso (Head of Youth Engagement) and Toks Oderinde, (Head of Sports & Community Engagement) delivering a workshop explaining the process to follow for the Royal Commonwealth Society's (RCS) Queen's Essay competition for 2022. This prestigious competition is also the oldest, essay writing competition in the world (started in 1883).

It's open to all the 54 countries in the Commonwealth (including Nigeria). RCS seeks to promote literacy, expression and creativity by celebrating excellence and imagination.


RCS Queen’s Essay Competition Prizes

  1. One winner and runner-up will be chosen from each category. (A Nigerian was the overall winner in 1975 and runners up in 2003 and 2005).

  2. The winners and runners-up will be brought to London for a week of educational and cultural events, culminating in a special awards ceremony.

  3. A number of Gold, Silver, and Bronze prizes will be given in both the Senior and Junior categories, rewarding excellence in writing.

  4. All successful entries will receive a Certificate of Participation.

In addition:

NSF(UK) Prizes

  • There is an award of N100,000 -Chief Layi Akinbode -Literacy Prize for the NSF(UK) entry that achieves the overall winner prize.

  • NSF(UK), also, awards N10,000 to each recipient of Gold prizes and also N10,000 to one teacher from each participating school.


  • Entries doubled last year (2021) to 26,000 from 13,000 in 2020. Entries from Nigerians globally in 2021 was about 1,000 with 160 entries submitted via NSF(UK) and this made us the leading organisation coordinating and assisting participants in this competition.

  • Our entries over the years continue to perform very well. For the past two years over half of our essay submissions were awarded Gold, Silver & Bronze prizes.


  • To submit essays via NSF(UK), you must email your essays no later than 5pm (UK time) Friday 27th May 2022 to Please watch the video for the correct procedures to follow to submit via NSF(UK). We will automatically reject entries that don’t abide by the simple protocols.

  • We will coordinate and submit all entries that are sent through us.

  • You can also submit essays directly to the Royal Commonwealth Society. For more information, please visit:


A link to sample essays dating back over 100 years is below.


Please contact:

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NSF(UK) seeks to "Promote the maintenance of high educational and social standards of Nigerian Secondary Schools."

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