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Nation Building: BudgIT launches ‘Active Citizen Awards’, call for nominations

BudgIT, a leading fiscal nonprofit organisation, says its launching the Active Citizen Awards (ACA) as a signature effort to reward phenomenal individuals and organisations making ground-breaking humanitarian impacts in Nigeria.

Oluseun Onigbine, Co-founder of BudgIT
Oluseun Onigbine, Co-founder of BudgIT

Lagos, Nigeria

BudgIT, a leading fiscal nonprofit organisation, says it’s launching the Active Citizen Awards (ACA) as a signature effort to reward phenomenal individuals and organisations making ground-breaking humanitarian impacts in Nigeria.

The development was announced in a statement on Friday by Iyanu Fatoba, head of media and communications, BudgIT.

“On September 10, 2022, we will host the maiden edition of the Active Citizens Awards in Lagos. The ACA is our signature effort to reward and spotlight phenomenal individuals and organizations making ground-breaking humanitarian impacts in Nigeria.

“The ACA will spotlight and recognize personalities, organizations, and agencies that are championing causes, programs, and initiatives that have positively influenced women’s rights, community service, disability rights and inclusion political activism, civic engagement and action, journalism, human rights, effective service delivery and other gains of social activism in Nigeria.

“There is nothing more remarkable than recognising personalities who do exceptional work within the civic ecosystem and are committed to ensuring citizens and government continually uphold the ideals of democracy.

“We believe that the Active Citizens Awards would stir more conversations on the need to entrench a culture of recognizing and celebrating the tremendous contributions of development leaders to effective governance and an active civic space in Nigeria,” the statement reads.


According to the organisation, the awards will feature ten (10) categories, including the Oby Ezekwesili Award for Women Advocacy, Award for Community Service, Disability Rights Advocacy or Empowerment Award, Award for Institutional Transparency, Art for Activism, and others.

Criteria and eligibility for nomination

BudgIT said those anyone who wants to nominate an individual or organisation for any category must carefully review their eligibility for the category they are being nominated for. 

“The shortlist and winner of each category will only be considered based on the specified criteria including, innovation, impact, milestones, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, organisational structure, and leadership quality. 

“This invariably means that once you make a nomination, you must provide links to some impacts or projects that the nominee has executed within a specified period of time, covering the specified criteria,” Ms Fatoba said.

Shortlisting and final selection

The organisation added that all the submissions of nominations will be reviewed in a three-stage selection process by the selected panel of judges. 

“Once the selection process has been completed, the final shortlist will consist of three individuals with the highest grade points from each category. Of these three, only one nominee will emerge as the winner in each category. The winner will be announced during the Awards event at the Civic Centre, Lagos.”

Nominate here: ACA nominations

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