Oxfam in Nigeria Food Security Ambassador and ace musician Sound Sultan has launched a #United4Food campaign in collaboration with The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre).
The project is part of a global food security campaign by Oxfam, and Voices for Food Security (VFS) which is the main collaborating network in Nigeria.
According to the organisers of the competition, it is time for young Nigerians to get involved in agricultural issues and shape the narratives and direction of these conversations.
Mr Sulaimon Arigbabu, Executive Secretary of HEDA said “This competition is not for everyone. It’s for those who have the capability to see how much farmers contribute to our society and economy at large and feel concerned about the numerous challenges confronting the average small scale farmers in Nigeria. It’s for youths who completely disregard the boxes of conformity and are not afraid to express themselves. Matter of fact, it is for youth who love food enough to care about those who grow the foods.
There are 3 themes that applicants (students across tertiary institutions in Nigeria) can enter for. Entries are required to speak to at least one of these:
A) Put your mouth where your Food is: SpeakUp for Farmers
Ever wondered what would happen if farmers went on an indefinite strike? No jokes. It could happen! The#Beneueflooding wreaked so much havoc on so many farms and so did other flooding across the Country! Farmers need help. But importantly, they need you to#SpeakUp for them. So? turn on your creative swag and speak for them.
B) Right2Food na Right2LIFE: a Hungry Man na Angry Man
Where hunger begins, rationality ends!!! So, put on your ogbonge thinking ‘helmet’ and help draw attention to our call that NASS and the Presidency and all States Legislatures and Governors urgently make FOOD a RIGHT in Nigeria.
C) More Money to Farmers, More FOOD on the TABLE. Lets Walk the Talk.
The most important restructuring we need in Nigeria is Stomach Restructuring through correct agriculture. Small scale farmers need more money and support to continue to feed us and help grow this economy. But that’s not going to happen by magic is it? Someone got to shine the light for our government to see the needful. Oya, enter the race, wear your genius lens and show us some creativity.
You can get more insights into the themes and application processes here
Your Entries should;
i. creatively represent atleast one of 3 themes provided
ii. upload your entries on social media using our#united4Food
iii. Submit entries on competition platform:u4f.hedang.org (Hint: virality of the creatives is a plus)
Prizes to be won:
Winner(s) becomes #United4Food Ambassador, gets a scholarship worth N250, 000 and a laptop.
1st Runner up gets a scholarship worth N150, 000 and a tablet.
2nd Runner up gets a scholarship worth N100, 000 and a Smart phone.
All applications must be submitted on u4f.hedang.orgby October 1st.