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National Cybersecurity Essay Competition

For Tertiary and Secondary School Students

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)

NCSAM is a 31-day-long nationwide initiative executed in October designed to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the digital landscape securely. As an organization deeply committed to cybersecurity awareness and community empowerment, we are fully committed to this cause.

National Cybersecurity Essay Competition

As we celebrate National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) in October, we are dedicated to fostering awareness, knowledge, and critical thinking among students in Nigeria. The online essay competition is a pivotal part of our efforts. The competition will bring together both tertiary and secondary school students from across Nigeria, who will submit their essays online.

Prize / Award

1st Position


2st Position


3rd Position


Selection Procedure

Entries received for the competition will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges made up of industry leaders and cybersecurity lecturers from reputable Nigerian Universities. Their wealth of knowledge and experience will ensure a fair and rigorous evaluation process.

Evaluation Criteria

Essays will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Content: Clarity of thought, relevance to the topic, and depth of analysis.

Originality: Creativity in presenting ideas and unique perspectives.

Presentation: Organization, structure, grammar, and writing style.

Relevance: Alignment with the theme and practicality of proposed solutions.


Secondary School Students: 2nd -18th October, 2023.

Tertiary Institution Students: 10th -18th October, 2023.

Announcement of Winners: 24th October, 2023.

Meet our Judges

Ajibola Mathias Jacobs

Cybersecurity Manager/ Technical Lead, Trade Modernisation Project Ltd

Amarachi Echendu-Joe

Founder, The Mom &Tech Development Centre

Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed

PhD candidate in OT Cybersecurity, Cardiff University

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Dooshima Dapo-Oyewole

Academic Relations Director, ISACA Abuja

Dr. Ojeniyi Joseph

Lecturer, Cyber Security Science Department, FUT Minna

John Odumesi

Director of Research and Development, CSEAN

Mr. Uduimoh Andrew

Lecturer, Cyber Security Science Department, FUT Minna

Oloyede Olajumoke Elizabeth

Senior Specialist Threat Intelligence and Hunting, MTN Group

Sadiq Nasir

Managing Partner, NetSwitch Limited