This Award category (limited to those under 35) recognizes and honors an individual/youth that promotes peace and cooperation beyond traditional boundaries of religion, race, ethnicity & nationality through intellectual dialogues, conflict analyses & transformation narratives. This Youth sees to the promotion of dialogue & cooperation advocating and championing the capabilities of the residents of communities to live in peaceful co-existence.
The future of Nigeria and Africa resides largely on its youths and the ability of youths to effectively harness the positive capabilities of their strength and good character. With 70% of Nigeria’s population below 35 years of age and 65% of Africa’s population under 35, the need to focus and invest enormously on the youths as a precondition for the continent’s development cannot be overemphasized given that strength and enthusiasm required to positively shape the social, economic and political landscape relies mainly on the youths.
The Award Category (limited to those under 35) recognizes exceptional youths who:
- Grew up in societies that are or were immersed in violence and have despite the odds, emerged strongly to challenge the debilitating environmental structures with outstanding initiatives in peace-building, conflict management and reconciliation.
- Implore tools such as intellectual dialogues, conflict analyses & transformation narratives to promote peace and cooperation beyond traditional boundaries of religion, race, ethnicity & nationality.
- Stand on the common ground of universal moral principles and are committed to promoting reconciliation, overcoming barriers, and building peace using various methods, which include technology.
- Save and include others from conflict areas in peace processes in order to amplify their voices in their shared future.