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The Nigerian Songwriting Competition is a 100% online conducted songwriting contest which provides the opportunity for songwriters, poets, spoken-word artists, instrumentalist and producers, both amateurs and professionals in Nigeria to compete in order to gain exposure, recognition, win cash prizes and awards and get a first big break

The categories include: Afro-pop/pop, Afro beats, Highlife, Reggae/Makossa/Dancehall, Nigerian Rap/Hip-Hop, RnB/Blues/Soul, Inspirational/Religious music, Just lyrics/Poetry/Spoken word, Traditional Ethnic music, Instrumentalist /Producer, Classical/Jazz/Rock, Fuji/Juju. Contestants may submit as many songs in as many categories as he/she wishes.

Submissions are screened by the NSC In-house Screening Committee. 10 finalists from each of the 12 categories will be sent to the Celebrity Judges who will grade them; Category Winners and an overall Grand Prize Winner will emerge from the compilation of these grading. Finalist and winners will be notified by emails and/or phone calls and list will be posted for all to see on the ‘Winners’ page on the competition’s website. Prizes and awards will be shipped to address provided by entrant on entry. The physical presence of entrants is not required for participation in NSC.

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To become the leading force for positive change through songwriting, poetry, spoken word and musical instrumentation.


Discovering, developing and adding value to skill, talent and culture.

Competition Timeline

  • Entry Open
    30th July, 2020 – 30th October, 2020
  • In-house Screening Process
    30th July, 2020 – 11th December, 2020
  • Finalist Announced
    18th December, 2020
  • Celebrity Judges Screening Process
    21st December, 2020 – 22nd January, 2021
  • Winners Announced
    29th January, 2021

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