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 Criteria:

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.

 

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