Igbos for a Progressive Nigeria (IPAN) has announced a N200,000 prize tag for an open easy competition for Igbo youths across the country.
The competition with topic, “The Igbo Nation: Exploring and Attaining her full Potentials in a United Nigeria” is part of the group’s programmes to commemorate its one year anniversary.
National President of the group, Comrade Lawrence Onuzulike, in a statement, said the contest was to avail young Igbo intelligentsia opportunity to research and provide ways Igbo nation could continue to attain its potential in a united Nigeria.
He said participation was free, adding that the results would be announced on June 30, 2021.
The statement partly read, “Participants are to write not more than 1000 words. First prize is N100,000, second prize N50,000 while third Prize is N30,000 with 20 consolation Prizes of IPAN T-shirt and Caps.
“The reason for the contest is to avail young Igbo intelligentsia the opportunity to research and provide ways Igbo nation could continue to attain its potential in a united Nigeria.
“We felt that many young people of today don’t see any future in this country anymore, because the Nigeria’s conversation space has been dominated by hopelessness and negative projections by the media, hence the need to re-focus the minds of the youths.
” It’s time to find ways to provide visible paths to success for our young ones and the essay is one of the ways to do that.
On his part, the group’s Publicity Secretary, Barr Arinze Odiari said IPAN, is an organization formed to unite the Igbos and build bridges of understanding and partnership with other regions of the country
He said, “The essay contest will not only provide platform to discuss how to achieve great things in a united Nigeria, but will empower Nigerians, as about N200,000 will be shared to the winners. We’ll also be donating to schools and orphanages in all the South East States.
“We feel it’s not enough to only talk, but to also do something the people will feel physically. Our other plans include peaceful marches in South East to demand for peace and unity.