Coal City University Secondary School Essay Competition 2024

This annual essay contest is organised in an effort to increase awareness of current global issues among the young population.

It also aims to stimulate young minds’ initiative and creative thinking towards sustainable development. In addition, the essay contest seeks to get society to learn from young minds and to recognize that it is our collective responsibility to address these issues.

About the University

Coal City University (CCU) in the Enugu State of Nigeria is a not-for-profit private university established in 2016.

The University is a globally focused and fast-rising university in Nigeria.

The University aspires to be a world-class learning and research centre that will produce well-rounded, entrepreneurial, and globally employable graduates.

Essay Topic

Theme: Drug Abuse in Nigeria

Drug abuse is a growing problem among Nigerian youths, and it poses a significant threat to the nation’s social, economic, and political well-being.

In Nigeria, the issue of drug abuse among the youths is multifaceted, with a range of factors, including social, economic, and cultural factors contributing to the problem.

The key factors driving drug abuse among Nigerian youths are poverty and lack of access to basic amenities such as education, healthcare, and housing, leaving them idle and vulnerable to substance abuse.

Another factor that contributes to drug abuse among Nigerian youths is peer pressure. Many young people succumb to peer pressure. They experiment with drugs to fit in or be accepted by their peers. This act often leads to addiction, and many young people find themselves trapped in a cycle of drug abuse.

The availability and accessibility of drugs in Nigeria have increased dramatically in recent years, with drug traffickers and dealers exploiting the vulnerability of young people to make a profit. The Nigerian government’s efforts to tackle drug trafficking and abuse have been largely ineffective, and this has contributed to the problem.

To address drug abuse among Nigerian youths, there is a need for a comprehensive approach that addresses the underlying causes of the problem. This includes investing in education and vocational training programs to provide young people with the skills and knowledge needed to secure meaningful employment. Additionally, the government must provide basic amenities such as healthcare, education, and housing to reduce poverty and the associated risk factors contributing to drug abuse.

Efforts should also be made to increase public awareness of the dangers of drug abuse, including the physical and mental health consequences and the social and economic costs. This can be done through public campaigns and educational programs targeting young people and their families.

Drug abuse among Nigerian youths is a significant problem that requires urgent attention. By addressing the underlying causes of the problem and implementing a comprehensive approach that includes education, awareness campaigns, and law enforcement, we can reduce the prevalence of drug abuse and its associated negative consequences on Nigerian society.

Your essay should answer the following questions:

  • “What are you doing to help save the Climate”?
  • “What can you do to help save the climate”?
  • Are you doing anything consciously to make a difference?


Thank you for taking the time to learn about Coal City University Essay Contest.

Our judges value original insights, as well as clear and correct writing. Essays should be directed to a well-informed general audience, not strictly academic, and should be based primarily on the student’s observations.

  1. The essay may be submitted by anyone in a Senior Secondary School (SS1-SS3).
  2. The essay should be between 700-1000 words and must be typed, with the title and name of the author written at the top of the page. (Your name and title of the essay are not included in the word count limit).
  3.  There are no particular rules regarding formatting (font style, size, line space, etc.).
  4. Entries are to be submitted online. To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page @ Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  5. The essay must be original, as plagiarised submissions will be rejected.
  6. Co-authored essays will not be accepted.
  7. Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizer.


Deadline: Entries must be received by June 9, 2023 (11.59 pm WAT).


The following awards will be given to shortlisted students as follows:

  • 1st Prize: Certificate, a prize of ₦500,000 Cash or a Full tuition fee scholarship in Coal City University for any course you choose.
  • 2nd Prize: Certificate, a prize of ₦250,000
  • 3rd Prize: Certificate, a prize of ₦150,000
  • All Shortlisted Students: Certificates and Consolation prizes.
  • Additional Awards (Best School Award, School Incentive Award) will be given if applicable.

Additional Information

  • All shortlisted winners will be invited to Coal City University, Enugu, for an award ceremony.
  • All shortlisted winners will be announced on June 30, 2023, via the website They will also receive an SMS.
  • We are unable to answer individual inquiries concerning contest results.

Please submit your entries below

We will send updates about the essay competition and news about shortlisted candidates, and the awards ceremony.

We will also share with you reading recommendations from time to time. We would call all participants to confirm their basic information and progress with the essay.

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7 thoughts on “Coal City University Secondary School Essay Competition 2024”

    • Hello Esther,

      There’s currently no ongoing scholarship for Junior Secondary School students.

      But you can keep tabs on our blog and follow us on Facebook as well.

      We post Scholarship opportunities as they come out.


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