The University of Ibadan (UI) and the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) are among six institutions set for the semi-finals of the ongoing youth leadership debate scheduled to hold on September 30.


The debate is a component of the Nigeria Youth Futures Fund (NYFF) aimed at providing capacity building to young people across tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

In a statement, the organisers also listed the other institutions participating in the semi-finals including Kaduna State University, Gregory University, University of Benin, and Ahmadu Bello University.

According to the statement, six teams made the semi-finals out of 341 initial entries from students in 40 tertiary institutions across Nigeria.


It added that the best two teams will compete in the grand finale on October 1 which is Independence Day.

The statement also said prior to the finale, the participants will undergo a two-day residential training on policy analysis, research, public speaking, and leadership before the commencement of the competition in Lagos.

“Following the semi-finals, two teams will compete in the finals at the Platform Nigeria for the grand prize of N1,500,000 + Other benefits while the 2nd and 3rd place will be given N1,000,000 & N600,000 with other benefits respectively,” it reads.


“Since August 2022, this competition has given young Nigerian undergraduates an opportunity to engage on relevant issues and raise their voices for social change.”

The programme is a component of the NYFF, a $5 million fund seeded by the Ford Foundation and MacArthur Foundation to support and strengthen the youth leadership ecosystem in Nigeria.

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