Youth Leadership Debate 2022 (Winners To Get N1.5m) How To Apply

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The Nigeria Youth Futures Fund (NYFF) has announced The Youth Leadership Debate for year 2022 on Thursday. The 2022 application form is now available online for interested students. see below for more details.

A leadership debate has staked up to N1.5 million to be won across Nigerian tertiary institutions.

The programme is a component of the NYFF, a $5 million fund seeded by the Ford Foundation and MacArthur Foundation to support and strengthen the youth leadership ecosystem in Nigeria.

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About Youth Leadership Debate 2022

The Nigeria Youth Futures Fund (NYFF) announced The Youth Leadership Debate 2022, its latest project, on Thursday.

It said the debate is meant to provide capacity building to select young people across tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

The NYFF also disclosed that the competition will shape the vision of the youth for Nigeria ahead of the 2023 election through dialogues.

The debate will engage undergraduate university and tertiary-level students across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria through an online campaign and campus tour that will foster policy conversations.

Its entries will focus on such areas as employment & education; media, sports, & entertainment; health; peace building & security; ICT and entrepreneurship; climate change & environment; and civic participation.

Value Of Awards

Below are some of the cash prizes to be won.

  • First position – N1,500,000 + other benefits

  • Second position – N1,000,000 + other benefits

  • Third position- N600,000 + other benefits


How To Apply For Youth Leadership Debate 2022

  1. Go to the NYFF application portal via
  2. Follow the procedure provided on the portal to apply.
  3. Finally, wait for debate date to be announced.

Youth Leadership Debate Competition Guidelines

  1. A team of 3 to 4 students from same tertiary institution apply by sending in a video of not more than 5 mins with 2 debaters addressing any socioeconomic issue from the 7 thematic areas
  2. Video should be uploaded on any social media platform, and the link to the video should be provided on the application form
  3. Evidence, such as course forms, of each team member enrolled in the institution would be required
  4. Debate entries should be focused on the following thematic areas: Employment and Education, Media, Sport and Entertainment, Health, Peace building and Security, ICT and Entrepreneurship, Climate Change and Environment, Civic participation.


Debate Application Deadline

Closing Date:

18 July 2022

The deadline for application is 18 July 2022. The competition is expected to run from July to August 2022.

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