Archive | December 2022

Happy Holidays! A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All

To our phenomenal community – members, staff, volunteers, board, partners, clients, vendors, attendees of our programs, and all our supporters/donors across the globe, we wish you a safe, happy and wonderful holiday season as you celebrate with your loved ones!  Merry Christmas, happy Kwanzaa and Happy Hanukkah…!

As we celebrate Christmas (December 25), let us be inspired by the story of the birth of Christ, and reflect on the true meaning of humility, sacrifice, rebirth, hope, love and faith in our lives and communities.

As we celebrate Kwanzaa (December 26 to January 1), let us reflect on the 7 principles of Kwanzaa as espoused by Maulana Karenga, which represent African communal philosophy and heritage, and a celebration of our diverse and unique cultures, communities and families. (Learn more about the seven principles of Kwanzaa).

As we look forward to the new year, let us also use this period as an opportunity to re-examine and re-imagine our collective and individual histories, lived experiences and realities, and rededicate our lives to service to family, community and country. Let us continue to grow and learn as we navigate our multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious spaces with a lens of justice, empathy, inclusion and equity, in a fast evolving, inter-connected and complex world.

May 2023 and beyond be everything we all hope for!

Once again, we appreciate your participation and support, and look forward to more celebrations and co-creation in the new year. Thank you!


#Poetry4ChangeAfrica | iSERVE2050 Creativity Prize, administered by Crater Library & Publishers

About iSERVE2050 Creativity Quarterly Prize (September – December, 2022 Edition).

Democracy is recognized and accepted to be the most civilized form of government because it is based on certain principles and values. Since Nigeria achieved its independence, its democracy has gone through interruptions and challenges. This has had a profound impact on the quality of leadership and followership.

Democratic principles can only be sustained if the citizens are aware of citizenship values and espouse them. Citizens have the power, influence, and responsibility to make decisions that affect them most especially when electing public officers. However, we can only achieve this when we make a deliberate effort to own governance and contribute to it. This we can attain if we understand, accept, and promote citizen and cultural values that inspire social change that is sustainable, judicious, and transparent.

This need for awareness raising and sensitization on citizen and cultural values has been recognized and it has inspired the creation of the iSERVE2050 Creativity Prize, in partnership with Poetry4ChangeAfrica and Crater Library & Publishers.

Aims and Objectives

The main objective of the competition is to conscientize Nigerian/African youths on important citizenship and leadership values, rights, and responsibilities through creativity.

The Specific Objectives Include:

  • Educating masses on citizenship and cultural values crucial to individual, community and national progress.
  • Increase civic participation in politics and governance.
  • Increase visibility of creators and their works.
  • Encourage and support creativity.

About the Prize

The competition, although social media based, is broken down into two phases to enable creators to increase visibility of their work, promote citizen and cultural value via content creation and hashtag.

Categories of Prizes

The prize is divided into three categories. They are:

(1) Digital Art

(2) Prose (Creative Non-Fiction) and/or Poetry

(3) Video: Spoken Word and Monologue

Duration and Frequency of Prize Events

The contests for the iSERVE2050 Creativity Prize will take place quarterly.


The theme for the competition will be decided annually with quarterly sub-themes for each prize.


The competition is only open to Nigerians who are at least 18 years old, resident in Nigeria, and who possess a Nigerian Permanent Voters Card.


The winning entry in each category will receive a cash prize of N50,000. While the 1st runner up and 2nd runner up of each categories gets N30,000 and N20,000 respectively. The winners shall be announced at a prize giving ceremony held virtually.


The intellectual property rights of the creator reside with the creator. However, by participating in this competition, creators

grant iServe2050 the right to post, advertise, and publish their entries on social media platforms.


The entries will be submitted in any of the following languages: English, Igbo, and Pidgin English. Videos recorded in Igbo and pidgin will have subtitles

Prize Administrator: Crater Library & Publishers

Dr. Caroline Shenaz: Re-imagining Microfinance using Black Feminist Theory and Intersectionality…

Recommended Book – Politicized Microfinance: Money, Power, and Violence in the Black Americas
By Caroline Shenaz Hossein

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