The Nigerian-American Multi-Service Association (NAMSA) has announced the judges for its 2023 writing competition.


The competition which is themed ‘Writing for Righting’ is open only to Nigerian-American students who are either in high school or college or anyone of Nigerian ancestry who is resident in the United States.

The panel of judges includes James Eze, a prize-winning Nigerian poet; Lauren Barthold, a philosophy professor; Leanne Wetherbee, a writer; and Nicole Wilson, a Ph.D. candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Others are Amy Tighe, an environmental activist; Nneka Faison, a Neiman Fellow at Harvard; and Rahman Oladigbolu, a Boston-based filmmaker.


The competition is divided into three categories: high school, middle school, and college.

The winners of the contest will receive a cash prize of $10,500.

Entries for the competition closed on August 20, 2023, while the winners will be honoured at an award ceremony on October 7, 2023, in Boston, Massachusetts.


NAMSA is a non-profit organisation based in Boston, Massachusetts. It is dedicated to promoting and preserving the culture and heritage of all people of Nigerian and African descent in the United States.

The organisation celebrates the contributions of Nigerian Americans in the United States and helps new immigrants integrate better into the larger American society.

The ‘Writing for Righting’ competition is one of the many programmes that NAMSA offers to support the Nigerian-American community.

The competition is designed to encourage young people to express themselves through writing and to celebrate the power of words to make a difference.


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