This second edition saw thousands of youths in tertiary institutions from across various LGAs in Rivers State compete passionately in a test of vision, imagination, creativity, and tenacity.
The trip which is activity-packed will include a visit to educational Institutions and learning centers, the Museum of the future, City tours, lunch with mentors, a visit to the DEWA Solar Innovation Centre, and many other engaging activities
Prince Tonye Princewill, founder of the trust and the brain behind the challenge, had this to say, “Human investments like this go a long way to shape the society of our dream. My dream has always been to expose young minds to endless possibilities, give them a platform to explore and do what I can to nurture their visions into realities. The testimonies from previous winners have been nothing short of inspiring and we believe that this set of winners will bring back a few of their own testimonies too.
My gratitude goes to God for placing us in a position to give back and to the ever helpful Dubai Department for Economy and Tourism (DET) represented by Stella Fubara and her team at their Africa desk. Your support has made it possible to make a difference bigger than we could have thought. Finally, I want to thank Nneka Oduah and her fantastic team at CLR for not only making it memorable, but possible in the first place. Your attention to detail is a lesson for even the best of us.”
For the winners, it is a dream come true and an opportunity that they intend to take full advantage of. Alex Mimi on her part vowed to “soak in the experience and learn as she goes along.”
She had seen the challenge advertised on Instagram, knew it was real because of who was behind it, but had to convince her parents that it was not a scam, thanks to fears of human trafficking that are more and commonplace these days.
“Both my parents had to research, research and research until they were sure, before they let me proceed”, Alex Mimi said
Loveth Ichemati, an only child who recently lost her mum said that life has been tough for her as she had to drop out of university years ago after she got admission to study law because she had no money to pay fees. She then had to find work, save money and try again. Currently she is back in University, training herself and was pleasantly surprised to see this opportunity when it came round again.
“I had missed it before and did not look back when I saw the Dubai opportunity again. This is my first time outside PH. I have never even been to Lagos, talk less of Dubai. I just believed and applied myself. Now I’m here”, Loveth Ichemati declared
About Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET)
With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading commercial centre, investment hub and tourism destination, Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) is mandated to support the Government in achieving its competitiveness vision to position the emirate as a major hub for global economy and tourism, and in boosting the emirate’s economic and tourism competitiveness indicators.
DET is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of Dubai’s business and tourism sectors. It is also responsible for the licensing and classification of all types of businesses, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents. The DET portfolio includes Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, Dubai Industries and Exports, Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI) and Dubai SME, as well as Dubai College of Tourism, Dubai Calendar and Dubai Business Events.
About Princewills Trust:
The Princewills Trust is a non-governmental organization set up under the auspices of Prince Tonye Princewill. It is focused primarily on the promotion of human capacity, by any means possible, and has a host of novel projects and uniquely adapted intervention programmes to point to from 2002 to date.
The Trust is deeply committed to providing humane services and the sustainable empowerment of the talented, the skilful, the hard, and the smart working people, particularly in Rivers state, with the motto of leaving no group behind.
Over the years its outreach has extended to women empowerment programmes, medical missions, disability interventions, disaster recovery, graduate and post graduate scholarships, adapted orphanage programmes, skill acquisition programmes, talent hunts and various forms of youth mentoring initiatives including this one.
Even though the formal registration of the Princewill Trust took place in June, 2012, its activities date back to 2002 and were born out of the very compelling need for the Royal family of the Ancient Kalabari Kingdom to ameliorate first, the sufferings of her subjects and then the people of the wider Niger Delta region, who have been subjected to very devastating levels of poverty and deprivation.