When Princewills Trust announced the first edition of the Dubai Vision and Success Opportunity Challenge in conjunction with the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism, not many took it seriously at first. Like one of the first winners Deborah, many were reluctant to apply because they thought it was one of those typical Nigerian challenges that already has winners picked out before the competition itself. But how very wrong we were.
To the utmost surprise and shock of many, the challenge turned out to be every bit as legit and fulfilling as the trust promised. Even more interesting is the fact that the challenge has successfully picked out a second round of winners who are preparing to embark on their own trip to Dubai.
View this post on Instagram
If you are a student in Rivers state and you are still not sure you want to be a part of the challenge, here’s a detailed look at why you should start now to prepare for the next edition.
What Exactly is the Vision and Success Opportunity Challenge?
So the basics are pretty simple and clear. The challenge is an initiative created by the Princewills Trust for the sole purpose of giving ambitious and young innovative Nigerians an opportunity of bringing their dormant ideas and brilliance to life. They are invited to present business ideas and strategies that can cause development in society and give a clear breakdown of the process of execution until change is achieved.
The ideas are presented to a panel of judges who then pick out the winners. The opportunity was initially for university undergraduate and postgraduate students from Rivers state. However, considering how big the challenge is getting and the amount of attention it is receiving, the organizers are looking to expand to other states soon.
A Breakdown of the Reward for Winners
To put it simply, winners of the challenge are sponsored on an all paid trip to Dubai. The city of Dubai was chosen as the reward destination because it is a well known global business hub with interesting learning resources and opportunities. The idea is to let these young innovative students go see for themselves that there’s so much more out there and to inspire their creativity in executing their ideas.
If you are still not decided about whether you want to participate in the challenge, take another look at what you stand to gain from the trip and then think again. Here’s a breakdown:
- An economy Roundtrip flight ticket
- Hotel accommodation for six nights
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner for the entire stay
- Entry visa permit
- Well organized ground transportation in Dubai for the duration of the trip
- Leisure tours of the Dubai Frame, the underwater zoo, Dubai aquarium, Experience Dubai Fountain Show and more
- A visit to the Burj Khalifa 124th floor
- Experience Atlantis The Lost Chambers Aquarium + Helicopter Tour
- Visit to Dubai college of tourism
- Desert Safari experience
- A visit to the Dubai international Academic city
- Visit Dubai Chamber of Commerce + organized tour of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & discussions with a representative
- Experience Etihad Museum
- Experience Mall of the Emirates + Ski Dubai
- The Marina cruise
- A visit to the museum of the future
- Visit Emirates Academy for Hospitality Management + organized tour of the institution and discussions with Academy rep
- A visit to the green planet
- Experience The View, The Palm
- Skyviews of Dubai, Explore the Sky Observatory, take the Sky Glass Slide and walk the Sky Edge Walk.
You will notice that the activities listed above is a perfect blend of work and leisure. While it will be fun to visit Dubai, the organizers ensured that winners will visit key places that will help them understand how Dubai got to where it is now. This is to help them come up with ways to replicate what they have seen back home in Nigeria.
The Princewills Trust is well known for maintaining high standards in everything they do and the Dubai trip is certainly no exception.
Who are the Winners of the Second Edition?
The second edition of the challenge which was announced in December 2021 has just concluded and the winners have emerged. The announcement was made on the 22nd of August and these are the latest winners:
Alex TamunoMiegbam, an indigene of Iwoma Borokiri in Bonny Local Government Area. She is a Phd student studying History and International Diplomacy also at Rivers State University
Idoniboyeobu Omiete Opubo
Idoniboyeobu Omiete Opubo, an indigene of Buguma in Asari Toru Local Government Area. He is a final year student at Afe Babalola University, Ekiti State.
Loveth Chikanka Ichemati
Loveth Chikanka Ichemati - an indigene of Nkpolu in Port-Harcourt Local Government Area. She is also a first year student studying English and Literature at the Rivers State University
Preparations are in high gear as the trio are expected to depart Nigeria for the Dubai tour in September.
What Happened to the Winners of the First Edition?
As was the plan, winners of the first edition of the Vision and Success Challenge had their very eventful trip to dubai in November 2021. Since their return, they have had a lot to say about the experience, the many things they learnt and how inspired they were about how to bring their ideas and visions to life.
View this post on Instagram
Since their return, post trip reviews have flowed in from the winners with details of their experiences. Most prominent amongst these is Deborah Ibianitogh’s explanation of how her experiences and the interactions she had sent her back into deeper research and evaluation of her visions for more practical and efficient ways of bringing them to life.
She also points to how much the morality of the indigenes inspired her to think more towards what it means to feel a responsibility towards the country and taking it upon oneself to be the change you want to see.
Here’s Why Every Student Should Anticipate the Next Edition
Besides all the attractions you will experience on the Dubai trip, here are more reasons why every student from Rivers State should prepare for the next edition of the Vision and Success Opportunity Challenge.
- There’s been a lot of things about what is wrong with the Nigerian economy but very little action when it comes to providing viable solutions. This challenge is a good opportunity to borth the solutions you have been nursing as regards how to make Nigeria a better place.
- Considering how much attention the challenge has been receiving from media houses like Channels and others, it is an opportunity to attract attention to yourself. Remember that with the way social media works now, any attention is good attention.
- There’s something to be said about going out there and seeing the world, it gets your creative juices flowing. Sometimes all you need is to see how easy life can be in a working economy. It will get you eager to make yourself and the country at large better.
- And if none of the above are reasons enough for you, how about just participating for the joy of being in a competition or challenging yourself?
Finally, bear in mind that anything that has a Princewills stamp on it, is not something anyone should ignore.