The World Intellectual Property Organization, Nigeria office, invites all registered undergraduate and postgraduate students from recognized tertiary institutions across Nigeria to participate in the 2023 National IP Essay Competition on the topic, “Gender inclusivity as a strategy to drive innovation and creativity in Nigeria”.

Participants are to address the current challenges faced by female artists, creatives, inventors, and entrepreneurs in using the IP system, ways to encourage more women to use the IP system, the benefits of gender parity in the IP system, and policy recommendations to support gender inclusivity.

Type: Undergraduate and postgraduate

Value of Award: The WIPO benefits to winners include,

  • Scholarship spots on WIPO’s Advanced International Certificate Course on IP Management
  • WIPO Summer School in South Africa and Nigeria
  • WIPO Certificates of Achievement, scholarships to undertake any of the WIPO Distance Learning courses, and scholarship spots on the Africa Regional edition of the Young Innovation Leaders Fellowship.
  • Additionally, the top three essays will be submitted to WIPO for possible publication in the WIPO Magazine.

Eligibility: The WIPO competition is open to all registered students, including undergraduate and postgraduate students from recognized tertiary institutions in Nigeria, such as universities, colleges of education, polytechnics, and professional or vocational institutions.

Method of Application:

  • Participants can submit their entries for the WIPO competition via email.
  • The essay should be written in English, not exceeding 1,500 words (excluding bibliography and references), prepared in font 12 Arial (Black), double-spaced, and pages numbered.
  • Entries should be submitted in both Word and pdf format, and must not include any pictures or other graphical illustrations.
  • Entries must not indicate the author’s identity or affiliation. AI-generated works are not eligible for submission, and plagiarism will result in disqualification.

All entries should be made to:, with the subject title of the email initial.surname_WIPD23 Essay Competition (for example, G.Nduka_WIPD23 Essay Competition).

Application Deadline: March 31, 2023