Karim Adeyemi Foundation

International Day of Sports for Development and Peace (IDSDP) Essay Competition

Join Karim Adeyemi Foundation's essay competition in Oyo State
and explore how sports foster peace and inclusivity, inspired by the African Cup of Nations 2024.

Theme and Essay Topic

This year's global theme for the IDSDP celebration is "Sports for the Promotion of Peaceful and Inclusive Societies."

 Inspired by the recent African Cup of Nations football tournament, the essay topic is:


"Using the recent African Cup of Nations football tournament as an example, discuss how sports can help bring peace, togetherness, and acceptance in diverse places like Nigeria."

Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria


Online: Email or IDSDP webpage on KAF website.
School: Submit through your English teacher.
In-Person: KAF office in Ibadan.


The competition is open to public secondary school students in Oyo State

Essay Competition

The final phase will be held at a designated Computer-Based Testing centre in Ibadan on the International Day of Sports for Development and Peace.


The competition will consist of two phases: Expression of Interest (EOI) and Finals.

Before Submission

Each EOI entry in any format must include the participant's full name, school, and contact details.

EOI Phase

Express yourself! Submit an EOI showcasing your view on sports and national pride. Be creative: write, draw, record – it's up to you!

After EOI

After expressing your interest, finalists will tackle the essay topic with a word limit and timeframe.


Finalists will receive a reimbursement for their transportation to the CBT centre.

Important Update: KAF Essay Competition

We are excited to let you know that our Expression of Interest (EOI) Phase has now come to a close. 

Did You Submit Your EOI?

Thank you for participating in the first phase of the KAF Annual Essay Competition. We received dozens of entries from public secondary schools all over Oyo State. Our judges have screened all entries and have made selection of qualified students who made it to the next phase.

If you submitted an EOI, kindly check your email and text messages for congratulatory message and  information about essay writing date, time and venue. 

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Essay writing date is

April 6, 2024

Selection Process

We are committed to maintaining transparency and impartiality throughout the evaluation process.

Stage 1

A panel of judges will assess submissions for expressions of interest based on criteria such as originality, creativity, clarity, and relevance to the essay topic

Stage 2

The selected finalists will qualify for the final phase.

Stage 3

The top three essay entries in the final phase will be selected by judges using the same criteria.

Prizes and Recognition

This year’s KAF Essay Competition goes beyond recognition. We’re dedicated to supporting our winners. Here’s how

All participants get a certificate for joining the final stage!

Top 10 Entries would be featured on our social media for promoting peace through sports

Top 3 Winners get ₦100,000 Cash Prize in created Bank Account for Easy Transfer.

Winners will also receive commemorative plaques honouring their accomplishments.


Faheezah Ajala This scholarship will not just sort my schoolfees, it is an inspiration for me to lend my voice to a social cause like this. I am so grateful.
Olakunle Festus As a teacher, and an adult who has watched football all my life, I never knew that it can be used to promote education and even peace in a country like ours. This essay competition has indeed opened my eyes.

Want to be a part of this?


If you are passionate about education, sports and community development, you are welcome to volunteer with our foundation on this project and beyond. Fill out the form on the button below and someone will reach out to you once your application is approved. 

Competition Timeline

The essay competition and award ceremony will take place in this order. 

Round the Clock

Expression of Interest Phase

This is the period when students can show interest in participating in the essay competition by filling out a short application form online

March 14 - 25, 2024

Available online

Office hour

Selection of Finalists

Our panel of judges will select the best entries that qualify to move to the next phase.

March 29, 2024

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Essay Competition

The essay competition involving top entries from the EOI phase will take place at a CBT Centre.

April 6, 2024

Venue to be announced

Announcement of Winners

Winners will be announced exactly a week after the CBT essay exercise

April 14, 2024


Award Ceremony

The award ceremony will take place at our headquarters where top entries will be awarded.

May 23, 2024

KAF Headquarters

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I submit my entry for the competition?

Entries can be submitted through multiple channels: online via the designated email or the IDSDP page on KAF website, or through your English teacher or directly to the KAF office in Ibadan.

Can I submit my entry in a language other than English?

For the expression of interest phase, there is no restriction on creative freedom but for the essay writing, all entries must be submitted in English.

Will participants receive any certificates or recognition for participating?

Yes, all participants advancing to the final stage will receive a certificate of participation.

Will travel expenses be covered for finalists attending the final phase in Ibadan?

Yes, finalists will be reimbursed for their transportation to the designated Computer-Based Testing centre in Ibadan.

How can I sponsor or support the competition as an organization?

For inquiries on sponsorship, support or enquiries, please contact Aanu Oluyide on +2348109004836 or aanu.o@karimadeyemifoundation.org

What are the criteria for judging the essays?

Essays will be judged based on originality, creativity, clarity, and relevance to the essay topic by a panel of judges.

Is there a registration fee to participate in the competition?

No, there is no registration fee. Participation in the competition is free.

How will finalists be notified about their selection?

Finalists will be notified of their selection via email, phone call or text. You can also keep an eye on the IDSDP page on KAF website and our social platforms.

Can I submit multiple entries for the competition?

Yes, participants can submit multiple entries for the Expression of Interest to boost their chances of being selected for the final stage.

Are there any specific formatting guidelines for the essays?

Formatting guidelines will be provided and explained along with the essay topic at the finals.
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