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Congratulations to our six Innovative Contest Seed Grant Winners

Here Are Our Civic Innovation Contest Winners

The Civic Innovation Challenge was launched as part of efforts to strengthen the community of young civic activists and community organizers trained and mobilized over the years by Yiaga Africa. The Challenge was open to graduates of Yiaga Africa’s Community Organising School in Nigeria and across West Africa. 

The Civic Innovation Challenge is one of the activities under the Empowering Youth for Effective Democratic Participation project with support from the National Endowment for Democracy. The winning teams will receive support to the tune of $500 each, (N200,000 equivalent in naira) to implement their project activities. The seed grant aims to promote the institutional development of civic groups, evolve a culture of co-creation and co-implementation amongst civic activists and strengthen the alumni community of the Youth Organisation School.

Here are the six winning teams:


  1. Voters Education in Kwara state implemented by Wale Bakare and Atong Agwon. The project which is to be implemented in Kwara State aims to increase voter education through data-driven engagement and orienting young Nigerians on the importance of getting involved in the process especially at the grass root level. The goal of the project is to drive voter mobilisation and encourage residents of Kwara State to register for their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) ahead of the 2023 election.  The voters' education will be done through Radio jingle, Radio show and Social media awareness.  


  1. Offline/Online Civic Education Program implemented by Peter O. Aguebor and Igbon Blessing Osedebamen. The idea which is to be implemented in Edo State aims to create civic awareness by leveraging social media platforms and tools such as Facebook Live. The online video discussion will host various discussants to online video interview/discussions centred on Civic Education (Civic Rights and Duties), Active youth political participation, Leadership/Governance, CVR drive and Voters Mobilisation. The second component of this project is an offline Civic education outreach to major markets in Benin metropolis to sensitise traders, Persons With Disabilities, commuters and buyers through the use of public address system and some music as attention grabbers on the need of registering as voters, collecting their Permanent Voters’ Cards and making sure that they vote and that their votes count during elections.


  1. #BeADecider Campaign by Abdul-warith, and Wasiu Adebisi. The focus of the campaign which will be implemented in Osun State is to sensitise online registrants on the need to complete their registrations at the various INEC Offices, and also encourage others that have not yet registered to do so as a matter of responsibility. The campaign intends to set up a registration point in the state capital, Osogbo and possibly other local governments, to help register interested persons within the time frame of the campaign.


  1. Strengthening Youth Participation In Local Government Administration by Oluwaseun Akinawo, Ms Faith James and Prince Israel Orekha. This team which will be implementing the project in Ondo State shall facilitate a one-hour radio town hall meeting and discussion on strengthening youth participation in local government democratic governance on Crest 106.1Fm Akure. The objective is to promote youth participation in Local Government Administration. Seasoned administrators and youth representatives shall serve as panellists on the show. 


  1. Youth Voices for 2023 by Moses Danjuma Kusko, Daniel Magaji, and Tare Maureen. The project which will be implemented entirely virtually aims to lead leadership and strategy conversation among Nigerian youths across Nigeria. There will be two virtual discussion series tagged "YOUTH VOICES FOR 2023" which will centre the conversation on the strides of young people in the preparation of taking up leadership in Nigeria come 2023. 


  1. Strengthening Youth capacity in political participation, design and implementation of public policies Mua’zu Danburam and Jeremiah Panshak Kassem. This team aims to address the problem of low youth representation in governance (both the executive and the legislative) in Taraba State by raising public awareness with a view to the 2023 general election. They also intend to mobilise and empower youth (Men and Women) for participation in governance, through experience sharing and equipping them with requisite skills thus making the political system more balanced and inclusive in the long run.



Yiaga Africa is a non-profit civic hub of change makers committed to the promotion of democratic governance, human rights and civic engagement. With its operational base in Abuja, Nigeria, Yiaga Africa focuses on in-depth research, providing critical analysis on key democratic and governance issues, crafting practical solutions, training and empowering citizens to lead change in their community. Yiaga Africa implements several innovative programs aimed at stimulating active citizenship, protecting human rights and deepening democratic governance. We invest in building networks and social movements to drive social change and transformation. Yiaga Africa has leadership structures and members in all 36 states and 774 Local Government Areas (LGA) of Nigeria.