How to Upload Your Files on Nigerian Songwriting Competition

How to Upload Your Files on Nigerian Songwriting Competition

With entry now open for NSC 2020, a lot of music, poetry and spoken-word creators across Nigeria are now submitting their works and stand a chance to win millions of Naira in cash and prizes.

As a participant, in order to make sure that your files are completely uploaded and that your submission is successful, please follow these guidelines:

  • Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to open the online entry form.
  • Fill the fields with required Entrant information. Make sure to provide your correct email address.
  • Enter song details and select file (s) to upload. Only MP3, PDF, and Microsoft Word Documents are acceptable formats.
  • All files should be named in the following order: Song name-Entrant
    For Example: If an Entrant named ‘Samuel’ is uploading a song named “Love You”, the audio file and/or accompanying text file should be named: ‘Love You-Samuel’.
  • Click check boxes to select category (s) for your submission.
  • Click on the ‘Add Another Song’ button if you want to submit multiple songs.
  • Fill in all other required fields and check boxes then click on the ‘Submit’ button to open the Paystack payment gateway.
  • Choose your preferred payment option and proceed to complete payment.
  • Once payment is successful, do not leave or quit the page; your chosen files automatically begin to upload at this point. You will see a circular loading icon, this takes between 10 to 20 seconds depending on the size of your files.
  • You know your file uploads and submissions are  successful when you see the page in the image below.

Hope you find this helpful?

Please leave your questions or comments in the comment section below.

Entry Now Open For NSC 2020


The 2020 Edition of the Nigerian Songwriting Competition is now open to receive Entries.

NSC offers Singers, Songwriters, Rappers, Poets, Spoken-word Artist, Instrumentalist and Music Producers the opportunity of a lifetime to gain exposure, recognition, win cash prizes and awards and get a first big break.

Here are a few guidelines and recommendation for you:

  • Do ensure to read through the Home, About Us, and Terms & Condition pages to get all the information you need to guide you through the entry process.
  • The only acceptable format for audio files is MP3
  • The acceptable formats for text files are PDF and Microsoft Word document.
  • All files should be named in the following order: Song name-Entrant

For Example: If an Entrant named ‘Samuel’ is uploading a song named “Love You”, the audio file and/or accompanying text file should be named: ‘Love You-Samuel’.

  • After complete submission and payment of entry fees, please check your email for a confirmation message and payment receipt.
  • Always visit this NSC blog to get updates and information about NSC.

Wishing you the very best.



Be among the first Entrants to have their song (s) listened to by the In-house screening committee and your favorite celebrities.

Nigerian Songwriting Competition opens for entry from 30th July, 2020.

For Singers, Songwriters, Rappers, Poets, Spoken-word Artist, Instrumentalist and Music Producers.

Over 5 million Naira in Cash and Prizes to be won.

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How to write a good song

Songs are stories that are told musically. We all have our story to tell and songwriting may be the best and most entertaining way to do so. Though songwriting may seem difficult, it is a skill we all can acquire and develop.

In today’s blog post, we’ll walk you through the five things you need to know to write good songs:

  • Listen to Good Songs

    I’m going to lay it straight: if your music playlist is filled with Zlatan and Naira Marley (no offense to their fans), you’re going to have a hard time writing good songs. To write great music, you must listen to great music. A good idea of what makes a song great are a combination of profound lyrics, storytelling, solid music and powerful vocals.

  • Learn a Musical Instrument

    To write lyrics, you need a pen and a paper. To write songs, you need a musical instrument.The piano or electric keyboard and the guitar are two instruments favored by songwriters. They’re relatively easy to pick-up and can accommodate a wide range of styles and genres. The electric keyboard is better than its acoustic counterpart as it can create drum loops and complex harmonies from a single instrument.

    Some tips for learning a musical instrument:

    Focus on Chords: Both guitars and pianos are powerful solo instruments, but for the purpose of songwriting, you only need to know a few basic chords. Practice a few common chord progressions to create simple harmonies and songs.

    Practice Simple Songs: You’ll be surprised to know that many of your favorite songs are actually very easy to play. Asa’s “Jailer” for example can be played with some very basic chords.

  • Pick up Some Basic Music Theory

    Music theory isn’t necessary to writing good songs – a lot of great songwriters started out without knowing their scales from their chords – but it will come in handy when you want to write something more complicated. Of course, mastering music theory can take you years, but picking up the basics is relatively easy.

  • Analyze Great Songs

    When you become a student of songwriting, you’ll realize just how similar most songs are. Certain patterns, themes, motifs and chord structures are repeated across artists and genres. As a songwriter, analyzing songs should become a habit, a reaction as natural as pulling your finger away from a hot stove.Song Structure:

    Most pop songs follow a simple structure: Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus-Bridge-Chorus or similar variations.

    Let’s take a look at the classic Backstreet Boys pop song, “I Want it That Way” as an example:

    Try doing the same for other popular songs. You’ll soon realize how common such song structures really are.

  • Writing Lyrics

    For many people, writing lyrics is the easiest part of songwriting. For others, it is the hardest. Whichever side of the divide you may fall on, you can benefit from these lyric-writing tips:Notice how Adele stretches the ‘ee’ part in ‘deep’ when singing “Rolling in the Deep”. That’s because words ending in vowels can be stretched while singing. Keep this in mind while writing your lyrics.

    Write like you would sing. Hum each line while writing, preferably accompanied by a guitar or piano.

    Being poetic doesn’t mean being profound. Sometimes the silliest of things can sound great when sung.

    Borrow motifs and themes commonly used in your genre, but don’t over-rely on them. To write truly great songs, you must break the mold and go beyond what’s comfortable.

    ‘Baby’ will be your staple filler for pop and rock songs.

    Be judicious in your use of simple rhyming schemes. Newbies often make the mistake of rhyming all their lyrics. Rhyming can be extremely powerful when done right but more often than not, it make your songs sound like something from a kindergarten textbook.

    A thesaurus will be your best songwriting partner.

    So there you have it – a complete guide to writing a good song. For homework, analyze your favorite songs and see what kind of chord progression and lyric structure they use.

You can register for amazing songwriting classes, training sessions and other music programs at Tenstrings Music College at various study centres in Lagos and Abuja

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What are your favorite songs and lyrics? Let us know in the comments below!

Welcome to the NSC blog.

Congratulations for taking a giant step forward towards your first big break by entering for the Nigerian Songwriting Competition. If you haven’t done so yet, take a chance and submit an entry HERE to enter into a world of endless possibilities.

Here are a few things you should expect on this blog:

  • News, updates and announcements about NSC. So check back frequently to ‘Stay In The Know’ about the contest and new opportunities.
  • This blog is dedicated to providing useful, highly valuable resources and articles that will help you develop and improve on your skills and talent which will be published every Friday.
  • We believe ‘work should be fun’ so we’ll be sharing creative and amazing stories and works, and exciting topics to keep you engaged and to make sure you enjoy your journey to success.


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