Call for Entries for the 3rd Edition of The Papyrus Initiative Essay Competition

MEDIVOICE NEWS AND LITERARY CLUB, Obafemi Awolowo University’s Medical Students Association (IFUMSA), is thrilled to announce the 3rd Edition of the Papyrus Initiative Essay Competition.

 This edition aims to encourage critical thinking and insightful analysis on the dynamic interplay between social media, health influencing, health awareness and related themes in Nigeria.

Why should you apply?

  • A Platform for your Voice: This competition offers you a platform to express your thoughts, ideas, and research findings on a topic of national importance. 
  • Prizes and Recognition: We are offering prizes to the top three essays. Winners will not only receive cash prizes but will also be featured on the Medivoice Blog. Certificate of Participation and Consolation Prizes will also be awarded to the shortlisted candidates.
  • Enhances your Knowledge and Research skills for bigger Opportunities: Engaging in this competition encourages you to conduct research, critically analyze data, and develop well-informed opinions. This experience will enhance your researching and writing skills and strengthen you for even bigger opportunities.
  • Networking Opportunities: Through this competition, you can connect with like-minded individuals, professionals, and experts in healthcare and journalism.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share your insights and win exciting prizes while contributing to the discourse on a topic of national importance!

Competition Details

Topic: The Influence of Social Media on the Nigerian Health Space: Innovations, Ethical Considerations and Recommendations.

Word Limit: 1,500 words

Eligibility: Open to all Undergraduate Students of Obafemi Awolowo University

Submission Deadline: 11.59pm 18th October 2023.

Submission Email:


  • Only one entry is allowed per person
  • Essays should be submitted in PDF format.
  • Entries should not exceed 1500 words excluding title, front page and references.
  • First page of the essay should contain the following details – Authors Initials only (do not write your name in full), department, level, phone number and email address.
  • Entries should be in Times New Roman font size 12 double spaced.
  • Plagiarized and AI generated essays will be disqualified.
  • Kindly attach an image of your school ID card or any evidence of your studentship in the submission email
  • Candidates are also expected to follow us on our Twitter and Instagram social media pages

Kindly adhere to every instruction stated above.


Prizes will be awarded at the IFUMSA Health Week 2023.

First Prize – N50,000 

Second Prize – N30,000

Third Prize – N 20,000

In addition, the top Three essays will be published on the Medivoice Blog.

Certificate of Participation and Consolation Prizes will also be awarded.

How to Enter

Interested participants are to submit their essays via email to

Kindly attach an image of your school ID card or any evidence of your studentship in the submission email.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on:

-Relevance to the topic

-Clarity of thought and expression

-Originality and creativity

-Adherence to essay guidelines


The Papyrus Initiative, also Eyitayo Adeosun Memorial Essay Competition, is an event in honour of the memory of a past Editor-in-Chief of MediVoice, who passed on in his final year as a medical student.

He was intensely passionate about the reading space in Nigeria and we hope to continue to let this passion drive us into making significant contributions to reading/writing in Nigeria.

The first edition of the Papyrus Initiative featured a lecture on Revisiting the Goldmines: Awakening the Reading Culture among Millennials, which was held in December 2018 and had in attendance award winning writer and medical doctor, Dr Dami Ajayi.

The second edition was held in November 2019  on the theme Beneath the Surface: Contemporary Heroism in Nigeria with Ayobami Adebayo, author of award winning novel Stay with Me as the guest speaker.

In addition to the discussions around the theme, a writing competition was also held among secondary school students in Osun State on the topic “HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY HEROINES IN NIGERIA: PERSPECTIVES AND LESSONS”. 

This year, winners of the Essay Competition will be awarded at the IFUMSA Health Week. For consistent updates on this year’s competition, click here to join the MediVoice Literary Community Whatsapp page.

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