The Embassy of Israel in collaboration with the Israeli Ministry of Education, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) and other friends of Israel were pleased to flag off the 1st National Old Testament Bible Contest earlier this month, which is the first of its kind in both Nigeria and Africa at large, according to a Press statement signed by Mr. Nadav Goren, The Israeli  Charge D’Affaires to Nigeria.

The theme of the contest is “Living Peacefully in the Promised Land.”  Peace and reconciliation is an important idea reflected throughout the Bible and feels particularly relevant today. We live in challenging times with conflicts at varying intensity levels in the North East, Middle Belt, South East region and in the Niger Delta. As we near elections here in Nigeria, these tensions are prone to show themselves more and more.

Choosing this theme at this time is a clear message to Nigerians to be resilient in their opposition to violence throughout the electoral process and thereafter.

The Bible contest will be in three stages. The first has stage will commence in October, 2018 in all states of the Federation and will be conducted via the internet. The winners from each state will then compete against each other in the geo-political zone stage. The final will be a written exam consisting of 12 contestants selected from the different geo-political zones and will take place in Abuja in November, 2018.

This contest is open to candidates from the age of 18 years and above. The national winner and the two runner-ups will win a trip to Israel and the other contestants will be rewarded with consolation prizes. To register and participate in this contest, visit

The 1st National Old Testament Bible Contest aspires to challenge the minds and touch the hearts of many Nigerians throughout the nation. The Embassy of Israel in Nigeria wishes that its message of interfaith peace and coexistence reverberates near and far.