INNOVATE BENUE CHALLENGE (IBC)
Explain your idea in details:
As the entire globe is continually faced with different complexities, issues and challenges today it has become imperative for every society to rise up in tackling these challenges. And so in a bid to think of how each one of us can make a difference in our communities, Innovate Benue Challenge is therefore designed as an ideation contest that brings together annually young people in secondary schools between the ages of 12-20 years within Benue community to proffer solutions on the most challenging issues in the state especially as it affects one of the SDG's goal of creating sustainable cities and communities. The aim of this project is to raise young leaders, increase youth voice and participation in policy making and most importantly, create community based partnership between youth and government in the attainment of sustainable development in Benue state. This event will be in two phases; the first phase is the registration stage where participants would be given a guide on how to develop and send in their ideas on whatever theme is chosen for the competition. Each year a theme will be drawn around the most difficult situations hitting the Benue polity and participants are therefore expected to develop viable ideas that will solve these problems. The participants with the best ten ideas will qualify to the next round/last stage. The last stage will be a live event where the participants who made it to this stage will in a more detailed approach explain their ideas and convince the Benue community of the benefits of implementing such idea(s). In the end, the best three ideas would be developed as position papers and issued to the Benue State Government for implementation in addition; awards and prizes would be given to winners.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
This event is expected to have an impact on students, government and the entire Benue community. Specifically, the impacts and measurement thereof include thus; i. Create a platform for the government to garner more ideas for the advancement of the Benue Society: this could be measured through the active participation of the government during the process of this event and the enthusiastic reception and implementation of the ideas garnered, developed as position papers and sent to the government from this event. ii. Create community based partnerships between youth, government and the general masses on key public issues affecting the Benue polity: this could be measured through the active participation of all stakeholders. iii. Develop the leadership skills of students: this impact can be measured through the ability of the students to put themselves in the position of leaders and lend their voices on key policies and issues of the state. Similarly, this can be seen through the innovativeness and novelty of these ideas. iv. Enable students acquire new and higher methods of learning through research: this can be measured through the viability of ideas offered by students plus how factual (reflecting statistics), realistic and implementable these ideas are. v. Develop a problem solving mindset in students: this can be evaluated through the students ability to proffer solutions to difficult issues given to them at every season of the competition vi. Produce worthy citizens that would serve as a catalyst for change: this can be accessed through the number of young leaders (IBC ambassadors) raised from this platform and are creating impact in all spheres of endeavor and life paths. vii. Establish a novel innovation in the Benue society: this could be measured through the awards, testimonials and recommendations received by the virtue of the existence of this project.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The major funding source for this event shall be through self savings, support from friends and family, philanthropists, corporate organizations and event partners or sponsors. The major partners of this event include; Benue State Ministry of Education, Legal authorities, Major Corporate organizations and businesses within Benue, Schools and students. So far we have received endorsement letters from the Benue State Ministry of Education to run this event in the 23 local governments of the state. Furthermore, in order to ensure a highly concretized event process we also have 6 notable and high profiled indigenes of the state whom have all accepted to serve as an advisory board for this event. They include Prof. Msugh Kembe, Prof. Armstrong Adejo, Prof. Charity Angya, Dr. Tyotom Keghku, Barr. Kinsley Anjuwa and Rev. Fr. Alexanda Shaango. Some of the letters are attached for your perusal. Our plans for the sustainability of this event is to create and maintain permanent and long term partners, donors and sponsors of this project. Furthermore, we wish to create an alumnus or network of young IBC leaders whom may later on in life wish to support and contribute to the sustenance of this project.
I am Ikyaator Luke D a 26 year old Nigerian living in Makurdi, Benue State. I'm a graduate of Benue State University with a B.SC (Hons) 2nd class upper division degree in Mass Communication, am currently running my masters in Mass communication with a major in public relations. I'm a creative individual, a good thinker, researcher, a budding writer, public speaker and success teacher, a youth advocate and an aspiring entrepreneur. I have an excellent communication skills, complex-problem solving skills, and persuasive ability. I have received training's and attained certificates in the following courses; Fundamentals of Project Management, Fundamentals of Creative thinking, Building Emotional Intelligence and Basic Customer Service. I am a two times participant of the Goi Peace and UNESCO international essay competition, a participant of the Yakubu Gowon Foundation (YGF)/NYSC essay competition, an ambassador of the World Changers Club and delegate at the first annual session of The WAY (War Against Youth Unemployment) Africa Forum, an international conference which brought youths all around Africa to develop viable business ideas that would put an end to youth unemployment in Africa. Im a former columnist at Wikicolumn.com, a former marketing executive at UNHomes Inter-Biz Ltd and a former Assistant Corporate Communications Officer at Tapnet Systems. Currently, I am the CEO of Luke Edutainment Network (LEN) a duly registered company with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria dedicated to offering edutainment services, youth empowerment, leadership development and human capacity building programmes. Im also the Vice President of Clean Caleb Concepts an organization that is committed to kiddies events management and consulting. I have an impact driven mindset and my dream is to make people become people; I have a tall ambition of receiving an international award for my contribution to the society as a youth before I turn 30.