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The Expression Debates Challenge is designed to be an annual platform that leverages the culture of debates to stimulate and raise youth voices and participation in contemporary national issues.  The 2017 edition shall focus on commemorating the United Nations 2017 International Anti-Corruption Day by providing a robust platform for youth to raise their voices and increase involvement in the fight against corruption in Nigeria. The Expression 2017 will allow 36 student teams of 2 persons per team from different Nigeria tertiary institutions to emerge from 2 regional auditions to compete at the grand finale in Abuja. At the grand finale, winners shall emerge in the following categories, 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions. The winning teams shall also be required to implement a campus based anti-corruption campaign as brand ambassadors of the project.

According to the United Nations, corruption is the single greatest obstacle to economic and social development especially in developing countries like Nigeria.

The United Nation further states that in any country with prevalence of corruption, different sectors including healthcare, education, and access to basic amenities are undermined. Which in most cases leads to huge unemployment, agitations and violence.

In August 2017, the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the European Union, released a report stating that about 95% of Nigerians are willing to indulge in bribery.

According to the report, an estimated N400 billion or the equivalent of $4.6 billion in purchasing power parity (PPP), representing 39 per cent of the combined federal and state education budgets in 2016, is paid out as bribes to public officials in Nigeria annually.

The NBS also found that young Nigerians have the highest prevalence of bribery in the country as 36.4 per cent Nigerian population aged 25 to 34 years are the people with highest bribery prevalence.

The reason for this is not farfetched as the report also states that in the private sector, the second group with highest bribery prevalence is teachers, who are a major shapers and influencers of the next generation leaders, workforce and citizens.

It is against this background that we are focusing this edition of The Expression Debates on the 2017 World Anti-Corruption Day.

Goal – Raise youth awareness, voice and action against corruption in Nigeria.


Use a national youth debate challenge and the 2017 International Anti-Corruption Day to raise youth awareness and voice on corruption in Nigeria.

Arouse and nurture undergraduate initiatives to contribute in countering the culture of corruption among the next generation

Teams of 2 Undergraduates in any accredited tertiary institution in Nigeria. Age 16 – 27years old.

  • 1st Prize – N500,000
  • 2nd Prize – N300,000
  • 3rd Prize – N200,000

Payment Terms and Condition

  • The 3 winning teams shall be required to conduct a post champions activity to promote the message of Anticorruption within 90 days of winning (March 9, 2018).
  • The 3 winning team shall get 50% of their prize money immediately.
  • The balance of the prize money shall be given to the teams after completing their post championship activity in March 2018.

BEN Television London is in partnership to package the grand finale of the debate into television content for airing on BEN TV London for a quarter in 2018! Yes, you will be on international television as you start your journey to stardom

The 3 finalist teams shall be required to develop and implement a pet project of their choice to promote anti-corruption in the education sector or larger society as Champions and ambassadors of the project. Youngstars Foundation shall provide technical support and linkages to support their project where necessary.

Form a debating team, record a 3-5 minutes video, upload it on YouTube, share the link with us, complete a downloadable application form on our website.


Debate Team

  • Form a debating team of 2 persons (both of you must be undergraduates in a tertiary institution in Nigeria), you can be from the same school or different school, as long as you consider yourselves a strong debating team.
  • Please give your team a name for easy tagging during the screening by our assessors.

3-5 Minutes Video / Upload

  • Record a 3-5 minutes video debate between the 2 of you on a topic of your choice.
  • 1 person will speak in support of the topic for some minutes, while the other will speak against the topic also for a minute.
  • Please make sure the topic you are debating about is very clear, otherwise your application may be invalid.
  • Also state your names clearly, school and matric number in the 3-5 minutes video.
  • For easy reference, name your video using this order, Name of Team, Names of 2 members (first and last names), Topic of Debate, EXD 2017.
  • Upload your video on your YouTube link and share the link with us to download alongside other document.

Application Form and supporting document .

Complete an online form and submit with the following document

  • Passport photograph
  • Valid School Identity Card
  • YouTube link of 3-5 minutes video of your team
    Please note that if applications exceed our expected number before the deadline, Youngstars Foundation reserves the right to close the application portal. So please submit your applications as soon as possible.

Submission opens on Thursday 21st September, 2017 and closes midnight 21st October 2017.

Successful applicants who qualify for audition shall be announced on our website on 31st October 2017.

  • Lagos Audition – 9th and 10th November 2017.
  • Abuja Audition – 16th and 17th, November 2017.
  • About 60 teams shall be invited for the auditions in November.

Please note that participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation cost for the audition.

Youngstars Foundation shall conduct a verification exercise on all those who qualify for the grand finale, by submitting their details and matriculation numbers to the relevant authorities for authentication. Anyone found to submit false information shall automatically disqualified and handed over to the relevant security agencies for further action

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December 2017.

Location – Abuja, Nigeria.

  • About 32 teams shall emerge from both auditions to qualify for the grand finale.
  • Road transportation, accommodation and meals shall be provided for all the 32 teams participating in the grand finale.
  • There shall also be a debate and public speaking academy for all participants before the commencement of the grand finale.

Judges for the auditions and grand finale shall comprise of representatives from our partners, anti-corruption agencies, civil society organizations, International Development partners, notable leaders, judiciary among others to ensure fairness.

  • Staff, immediate family members and relatives of Youngstars Foundation and any of its partners are not eligible to participate in the debate challenge.
  • By submitting the application, every team and its member agree to abide by the rules of the competition and to also accept the outcomes of results at all levels of the competition.
  • Anyone who exhibits aggression, violence, hate speech or any conduct capable of inciting division of any sort shall be immediately disqualified and also banished from participating in future edition for at least 3 years.

For partnership and other details, please contact Project Lead – Folasade Folorunso via +234 8128399285 and  +234 7035535876 or email debates@youngstarsfoundation.org

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