Pat Utomi 750,000 Naira Prize for Students’ Debate on Public Policy 2016 – See Eligibility And How To Apply

During the first quarter of Nigeria’s
independence, tertiary institutions were known
for great lectures and intellectually stimulating
debates among students on different government
policies and programs. Our tertiary institutions
were known as a source for providing alternate
and qualitative views on public affairs which
government and social institutions considered in
framing policy and program directions. It is
therefore no wonder that in 1976, Prof Pat Utomi
as a 19 year old 300 level student of the
University of Nsukka, in then Old Anambra State
of Nigeria, wrote to and invited the late Amb.
Joe Garba who was then Nigeria’s Minister of
Foreign Affairs to come for a debate in his
Campus with students on Nigeria’s Foreign
Policy. Indeed Amb. Joe Garba honoured the
invitation and flew all the way from Lagos to the
University of Nsukka to debate and interact with
students! What gave Prof Pat Utomi the
confidence to invite the then serving Minister of
Foreign Affairs of Nigeria to his school for a
debate was because it was an integral part of
school and students activities to engage in
robust debate on national issues. Today, that
culture has been replaced with music and dance
competitions, beauty pageants and lotteries.
There is indeed a great need to resuscitate that
culture of debating and intellectual exchanges
among our students to spur a new culture of
intellectualism among next generation students
and leaders.
Star Prize – N750,000. Second Prize –
N500,000. Third Prize – N250,000
Phase 1
Students in legally registered higher institutions
in Nigeria who are interested shall record a 2
minutes video and submit for screening and
selection. 16 highest scoring applicants shall be
selected for the next phase.
Phase 2
The 16 selected debaters shall converge in Abuja
for a 1 day preliminary debate on 14 January,
2016. After the preliminary debate, 4 Debaters
shall emerge to proceed to the grand finale.
Grand Finale
The last round of the debate between 4 finalists
shall happen on 6th February, 2016 during the
CVL Annual Lecture and commemoration of Prof
Pat Utomi’s birthday in Lagos, Nigeria.
Undergraduates of legally registered tertiary
institutions in Nigeria, below 27 years of age.
How To Participate
Step One
Record a 2 minutes video of yourself speaking on
the topic “ Should skills acquisition be mandatory
for tertiary institutions? ”
Step Two
Upload your video to your YouTube account
Step Three
Complete the Online Submission Form Click here
Deadline for Submissions
January 8, 2016.
Pat Utomi Prize for Students Debate on Public
Policy is an initiative of Youngstars Foundation
in partnership with Centre for Values in
Leadership .
For inquiries, email engage@ or call

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