INNOVATE BENUE CHALLENGE (IBC)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Your profile

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.

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Comments

August 31, 2017 23:20

Hello my fellow traveler, How are you feeling as our road ends temporarily?
I have just seen your entry and have been thoroughly impressed by it. Will you be willing to collaborate incase you want to set it up on ground?
I would like to be in touch with you,
Cheers from Kabul.
Shuhra

August 31, 2017 21:54

There are just a few hours before the end of this wonderful competition and I want to thank you for all you did here, especially your contribution to my project. Best wishes for all your future endeavors and never give up on your dreams! Be a dreamer! That is the most important characteristic in life!
Best regards,
Andrei

August 31, 2017 21:51

Hello fellow passenger,

You might have heard the famous song "What I've done" by Linkin park. The lyrics have been beautifully carved by the late singer Chester Bennington. The song covers the ways in which our so called development has helped only a handful of the upper society members, whereas people are still living in poverty.

We have a great platform here which is urging super brains from around the world to come together and collaborate with their ideas and help make this world a better place to live in. You have been a part of this community and I congratulate you on your effort that you have put in.

Thanks once again and all the best for the future
Regards,
Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 20:56

hi,
All the best for your project.As today is the last day of competition I am glad that I was able to read your mind blowing project.
Best wishes for your success and thank you so much for your support on my project.

August 31, 2017 20:03

Comrades,
In this fight for a sustainable future, what we need is innovation; something which is not necessarily new, but which makes us look at things from a different angle.

I believe this is one of the major motives of this community which we are a part of. Taking one step together hand in hand towards our goal is the only way we can achieve it.

So I wish you the very best in this endeavour of yours and hope to see you together in the new tomorrow

Regards,
Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 17:34

Yes, it was a wonderful journey !
a. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal?
b. Also, please go through my IDEA called EDU-CELL and if you like it, please vote.
c. This is what I could think when I saw your proposal. Truly inspirational and positive initiative from your side that is sending ripples amongst my friends and relatives. If you think it will be applicable in Afghanistan, please send me the details.
Thank You !
Truly, Shuhra K, Afghanistan

August 31, 2017 17:04

What a journey! I am truly amazed.
I read so many good thoughts including yours. UNESCO did a truly amazing job. And if you have already not read it, wont it be great if you have a quick glance at my IDEA called EDU CELL.
Bye for now!
Shuhra (Kabul)

August 31, 2017 16:32

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU FOR READING MY PROPOSAL. I HAVE READ AND EVALUATED YOUR INITIATIVE AND I CANNOT BUT HELP GIVING IT MY HIGHEST COMPLIMENTS. HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO THINK OF SUCH A WONDERFUL IDEA, I WONDER?
ONCE GAIN A BIG THANK YOU FROM MY SIDE.
SK

August 31, 2017 14:19

Hello!
There are less than 12 hours before the end of this competition and we speak about the last day, last changes.. last comments. It is very exciting and I congratulate you for all the activity and time you put into this. I wish you good luck for your future plans! Keep dreaming!
Best regards,
Andrei

August 31, 2017 09:51

Hi, it's great to read your innovative idea which could help our community in different aspects. It is not easy to go through all the stages and congratulation for your great ideas, hope to see your idea will come true soon.
I would like to invite you to read, comment and even vote for my idea 'Boosting economic growth in Africa with solar energy'. If you find it great, please also share it with your friends. Thank you very much.

August 31, 2017 07:49

Dear Leader,

We are coming to the end of this awesome competition and I appreciate your efforts, drive and support on my idea, 'AfricEnergy'.

No matter how the result comes out, we should always be focused on implementing our unique ideas and projects for the improvement of the World.

Thank you for your contributions, advice and encouragement so far. I hope to connect with you via [email protected]

Best of Luck!

August 30, 2017 21:59

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Greetings from Afghanistan!
Awesone. Fantastic. Relevant. These are the three words that came to my mind when I read your proposal. Congratulations. If you get a moment, would you be kind enough to read my proposal (IDEAS) called EDU-CELL from Afghanistan? And if you do manage to read it, would you be kind enough to vote if you like the IDEA? And if I am not asking too much, please forward the link to your friends and family.
Thanks in anticipation!
Shuhra K

August 30, 2017 20:15

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Dear fellow entrepreneur:
(i) I went through the details of your idea and was indeed very impressed. Would you be kind enough to please explain to me as how you got this idea? Equally importantly, who were (are) the people who inspired you for you to come up with this idea.
(ii) May I also request that you please have a look at my idea called EDU-CELL. If it is relevant in your country, please let me know and I will be happy to provide you with more details to you. I can even help in establishing it in your place during the course of this year!
All the very best!
Shuhra

August 30, 2017 18:44

Looking forward!Yes, you can!
a. This is what I could think when I saw your proposal. Truly inspirational and positive initiative from your side that is sending ripples amongst my friends and relatives. If you think it will be applicable in Afghanistan, please send me the details.
b. Also, please go through my IDEA called EDU-CELL and if you like it, please vote.
All the best for this competition!
Sincerely, Shuhra K, Afghanistan
S. Koofi, Kabul

August 30, 2017 06:31

Greetings my Colleague ,

Thank you for participating in that great event , it was a great nice Journey , but the best thing of it is meeting good friends here , I hope you achieve your dreams & good luck with your Idea.
thanks again & best wishes for you.

Ahmed

August 30, 2017 02:40

Hello,

This entrepreneurship-campus platform has been amazing it has enabled us to see all the enthusiasts and to share our passion and experiences to learn from each other. Good luck with your work and wishing you all the success on your journey. Please try to keep in touch; this is important to me as I find this inspirational.

I appreciate all your votes, valuable feedback, advice, and suggestions. For me it has helped me to improve my ideas and also helps me to win and learn from the ideas that you have given me.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kindest regards

August 29, 2017 03:06

Hello everyone,

Now we are reaching the end of the competition. I want to thank everyone who have been voting and commenting on my ideas and interest in helping support GU.

As all of you said, a visual universal language is needed for this continuously developing society. I am trying my best to launch my Gadaa Universe with the help of you and your constructive comments. We will do whatever it takes to exceed your expectations.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kind regards

August 28, 2017 19:28

Hello,
Being a part of India's well-known Entrepreneurship Cell of the most prestigious engineering college in India, I have interacted with many startup enthusiasts, have got to know how they think and what are some qualities that set them apart from the ones who are not able to see their idea through. Reading through your idea, I have realised that your idea has that spark which can help it become a successful venture. Coupled with its aim to help the society achieve its goals sustainably, your idea can be something quite helpful for the same.

But before it's implementation, you need to do a "premortem" check on how it can fail. This would prepare you for any uncalled-for circumstances and help you prepare for them accordingly.

Lastly, I would like you to have a look at our idea, GreenSpace, and share your views about the same.

Regards,
Team GreenSpace.

August 28, 2017 01:18

Dear Entrepreneur,

It's a new day and few days to the end of the competition. It has been nice and encouraging having you here, on this platform. I wish to appreciate you.

Best of Luck!

August 27, 2017 16:58

Hello dear members of the entrepreneurship community,

I hope you will join us too and learn the GU universal communication system and the Gadaa system practices when the platform and the system implementations are complete and fully ready for use. This work is still under development. I will let you know once it is finished.

Please keep your constructive comments. Your feedback is important! Many thanks to all contributors!

Thank you for supporting GU project. We will notify you as soon as the platform is live.

Best of Luck!

August 27, 2017 16:13

Hi,
Thank you very much for your involvement in this community, I am sure that your advice helped many of us. So I am asking you for some last piece of advice, because the end of the competition is close. I invite you to comment my idea Path To Knowledge.
Best wishes for your project too!
Regards,
Andrei

August 27, 2017 16:13

Hi,
Thank you very much for your involvement in this community, I am sure that your advice helped many of us. So I am asking you for some last piece of advice, because the end of the competition is close. I invite you to comment my idea Path To Knowledge.
Best wishes for your project too!
Regards,
Andrei

August 27, 2017 16:13

Hi,
Thank you very much for your involvement in this community, I am sure that your advice helped many of us. So I am asking you for some last piece of advice, because the end of the competition is close. I invite you to comment my idea Path To Knowledge.
Best wishes for your project too!
Regards,
Andrei

August 27, 2017 01:49

Hello Great Mind,

You have come a long way with this competition and I want to congratulate you for the resilience you have show so far. I tell you what? It's not going to go unrewarded.

Bill Gates has said that "As we look into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." I totally agree with the successful software developer!

With that, I want to honestly congratulate you once more for been a leader, especially such that will empower others!

You're relevant and I wish you the best with your project.
I wish that we could network beyond the competition,

Kindest regards,
Seth Thomas
CISTEM
([email protected])

August 26, 2017 20:15

Hello,

To all the people who are asking how to join once the GU platform goes live, all you need to do is to create a free account. Please keep an eye out on the website and my social media pages at: http://gadaauniverse.com/

Kind regards

August 26, 2017 16:42

Hello Great Mind!

Thank you for your support to AfricEnergy so far. I appreciate your kind words, positive remarks and contribution on my idea. As you continue to progress in your quest for the improvement of the World, I wish you success and breakthrough.

Best of luck!

August 25, 2017 12:58

Hello,
There are just a few days before the end of this stage of the competition and I want to congratulate you for all your effort you put into. All these ideas came from brilliant minds and I am sure the best one will win. I hope you will continue this idea and make impact for the local community and why not for all the world.
Best regards,
Andrei

August 25, 2017 08:04

Hello Luke!

Thursday's Inspiration from YCEC; 'The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.' - Richard Bach

As you progress in working hard to see to the improvement of the World through your idea, I wish you success and breakthrough.

Best of Luck!

August 23, 2017 19:42

Hello
As we are about to the very end of this competition I give you a bit of encouragement and yet the fact. The competition may reach to an end but the efforts you have shown to your community is great and long lasting, People may come and go but ideas stays forever. This platform is like a family or a classroom where we share all our strength and experience to solve Community challenges.
Your idea is real life touching and I hope you're making more good progress to take it into its full potential no matter what challenge you may face..Never give up.
You may wish to share your experience in my idea
ZERO HUNGER IS POSSIBLE FOCUSING FROM LOCAL COMMUNITY LEVEL
Best of luck!
Uledi Kimbavala
"ZERO HUNGER IS POSSIBLE"

August 23, 2017 11:23

Hi,
After going through your idea, I firmly believe that you can successfully convert it to an executable project and help the society grow in a sustainable manner. I wish you the best for the same.

I would really appreciate if you could go through my idea as well(follow this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/5961/comments). Our idea deals with covering an otherwise unused rooftop of a building with green plants, and using that space for a multitude of activities. This would have various positive effects on the environment and also the society in general.

Thank you
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 08:45

An Awesome Day to You, Dear Campus Colleague,

Cheeking through your idea and seeing it progress in this competition leaves me motivated and inspired that with us, our planet will become better and flourish in goodness and development desired by every human being with dreams and aspirations. To keep you moving and staying on in face of challenges as growing Entrepreneurs, it is my pleasure to share this link with you, "7 MOVIES Every Entrepreneur Should Watch", copy and paste this link to view; youtube.com/watch?v=s3x-_yRRUrk

All the best to you in you Idea!

Cheers
Anita Mbah.

August 22, 2017 12:52

Thank you Luke.

Having you around is very encouraging and wonderful. I wish you success on your journey and you should always expect the best coming your way.

You may like to see my idea, AfricEnergy, for comments and support.

Cheers.

August 21, 2017 16:38

Hi,
Thank you if you have already commented my idea Path To Knowledge. If not, I invite you kindly to do it at: https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/5633/ I would really appreciate your opinion.
Best regards,
Andrei

August 21, 2017 15:59

Hii,

your idea is a very impressive and it will surely be beneficial for all the people..
It looks promising and executable.
Congratulations for all your efforts that you have put into your project.
Good luck
Regards

August 19, 2017 22:54

Hello,

I invite you kindly to please read and give some suggestions or comment my idea GadaaUniverse[GU]-Gadaa Universal Communication System and GU-Fair. I really appreciate your contribution and would be glad to hear your advice and opinion.

Good luck with your work!

Kind regards,

Firanbek Robele

August 18, 2017 11:53

Hello,
I invite you kindly to comment my idea Path To Knowledge. I would be glad to hear your advice. I have written this message after I commented almost all ideas and projects and probably yours too. I am deeply sorry if this message bothered you, but everyone on this platform wants to go to the finals with his/her idea and makes all it is possible to get there. Maybe not all the actions are fair. Some participants copies the same meaningless message and paste it to all ideas. I just do marketing. Again, I am sorry if this message disturbed you.
Kindest regards,
Andrei

August 17, 2017 20:53

Hi
Congulatulation for this idea. Increase awareness and self confidence for Young people can help them to think and speak to invest in this Opportunity.I suggest you add another product or service that will be generating fund for the main project to make it sustainable.
All the best

August 17, 2017 20:37

Hello Luke!

I love your idea, as it propels youth entrepreneurship to open up great opportunities for young minds, eradicate poverty and hunger. Apart from the Government partnership, how do you intend to reaching out to organizations (private and public) and individuals for partnership and support?

I wish you success and you can stop by on my idea to add your contribution!

Best of Luck!

August 8, 2017 21:59

Hi
Nelson Mandela once said "a nation that doesn't take care of its youth doesn't deserve a future". It is very nice to think of our future leaders.I need you to try partnering with organisations that have and deals with lots of youth whereby you can recruit or get them in high numbers.I wish you all the best.

Please care to comment and advise on my idea.thank you

August 8, 2017 12:38

Hi,

Congratulations on the efforts you've exerted so far in your idea, I wish you the best in the implementation.
It's good you're focusing on meeting challenges through secondary school students, they're indeed the future and if they can be involved it would do our country great good.

Congrats and kindest regards,
Seth

August 8, 2017 09:33

I like your idea and I agree with that many things have to be done to grow leaders, so a competition like this can be challenging for them and of course it will have a long term and wide-spread impact. Keep continue with this idea and empower youth because for sure they are our future leaders.
Regards,
Andrei

June 6, 2017 09:18

Hello,

Your idea is very impressive and it takes great effort to come up with such idea also you have approached the government as well to help you in the same, all the very best for your project. But I hope you have thought of the strategies to deal with the obstacles that would come in this at a later stage.

Best wishes

May 16, 2017 03:26

.The sustainable development goals will be set if such idea competition are involve all sectors of life such as healthcare , engineering ,climate ,education, agriculture, youth empowerment
etc

April 8, 2017 21:51

Love the idea of "creating a community based partnership between youth and government in the attainment of sustainable development". When I was readding the proposal I thought that it was too ambitious. Not the project itself but the goal! So I would develop long term indicators to measure how the goal is reached :)

April 8, 2017 16:47

This is an outstanding idea!
My suggestion would be regarding sustainability. You can add partnership with the universities to sustain youth mobilization and volunteer engagement .
I hope my suggestion will help :)
Keep up the great work!!!

April 4, 2017 15:15

thanks so much Oluwagbenga Ogunsanya for your encouragement, the fact is we are our biggest limitations...what conquers any impediments on our journey to success is our burning PASSION to bring our dreams to fruition. Get passionate bro!!!!

April 1, 2017 01:55

kudos to you sir. I really envy your boldness and zeal to be able to approach the State Government on a project like this. This is an eye opener to some Nigerians that think it is not possible to get support from government toward one's idea/project.
I will like to advice that you keep the ball rolling and remain focused, because a project like this is going to be very tasking.

March 31, 2017 11:10

Thanks so Much Dotun Adewunmi, yes indeed its truly not easy because those are the challenges I faced however I was determined so I was able to conquer that. In any case thanks for your word, your idea is highly appreciated. Thank you!

March 30, 2017 03:58

Nice work. It seems you're well prepared to go on your journey. Getting governmental support or approval for social work in Nigeria is generally long and tedious due to a lot of bureaucracy. Kudos for getting important pillars of support. For maximum exposure of your project, when you implement your idea, set up your own website/blog, create a content marketing plan and use free social media marketing to raise awareness and generate traffic online. This will position you as an expert and you will have peers, particularly from Northern America (USA) and the EU connect with you, with access to their online resources. I know because I'm speaking from experience.