GoNigeria has launched the GoNigeria Rap Challenge in English Language, a contest for young Nigerians between the ages of 18 to 34, with N1 million as the star prize.
The first runner-up will receive N600,000, while N400,000 is for the second runner-up.
The competition, which runs from Tuesday 26th April to Tuesday, 17th May, is in line with GoNigeria’s objective of becoming a key voice for driving Nigerian youths to actively participate in the electoral processes and redefine the country’s political trajectory beginning from 2023.
The English Language Rap Challenge will be anchored by M. I. Abaga, renowned entertainer, activist and GoAmbassador.
Apart from falling in the 18 – 34 age group, participants must have PVCs. They are required to send in a 60-second rap video, in which they must show their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) or registration slip and play with the word “P-V-C” or Permanent Voters Card in their rap production.
The video must adequately communicate the importance of Nigerian youths to GoRegister and get their PVCs before 30th June, the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission for voters’ registration.
The judges will consider content originality, flow (rhythm, rhyme), and delivery (cadence, tone], and potential impact. Contestants must post the video on all their social media platforms with the hashtag #GoNigeriaRapChallenge and tag @AnapFoundation.
Spurred by the enormous resourcefulness of talents and skills that abound in the creative space amongst Nigerian youths, GoNigeria seeks to harness this energy and the anger of its target demography in a positive direction.
The GoNigeria competitions serve as an incentivising platform to boost political participation by Nigerian youths as the messaging requires participants to showcase their communication skills beyond entertainment talents. They are required to deliver an important message through rap that is consistent with the ongoing GoNigeria advocacy campaign.
GoNigeria believes that the vibing components of Rap, which combines rhyme, mime in its flow and delivery, can be impactful, particularly amongst younger voters. According to the advocacy group, Rap can serve as a strong communication platform as riveting messages emanated in the past that helped to impact and change societies and attitudes.
The selection of winners will be entirely at the discretion of the GoNigeria judges, who will apply terms and conditions that have been designed to ensure fair play and healthy competition.
GoNigeria is an initiative of Anap Foundation, a non-profit organisation which is committed to promoting good governance. Via its GoNigeria Initiative, Anap Foundation has been partnering with advocates and enlightened celebrities (GoAmbassadors), corporate bodies eager to support the initiative via co-branding (GoPartners) as well as many enthusiastic volunteers who help to amplify the messaging to Nigerian youths (GoVolunteers).
The overall aim is to encourage Nigerian youths to register and vote en-masse in the 2023 General Elections.
The 18 Initial Advocates of the GoNigeria Movement are drawn from all the 6 geopolitical zones (3 from each zone). They are: Atedo Peterside (Convener), Aisha Yesufu, Nuruddeen Lemu, Dike Chukwumerije, Folarin Falana (Falz), Bishop Matthew Hassan-Kukah, Arunma Oteh, Hamzat Lawal, Tomiwa Aladekomo, Osita Chidoka, Dr. Tony Rapu, ‘Yemi Adamolekun, Muhammad Ali Pate, HH Muhammad Sanusi II, Dr. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, Ayisha Osori and Ibrahim Dahiru Waziri.
Participants and others who wish to know more about Anap Foundation’s GoNigeria Initiative, are advised to please visit: www.GoNigeria.com