#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.

Theme

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

Participants

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.

Prizes

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.

Copyright

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.

Language

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

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