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The Pan-Igbo Organisation, Ola Ndi Igbo has launched The Innovation Marketplace Competition, to encourage, showcase and nurture start-ups within Igboland, and abroad. The competition seeks to encourage innovative enterprise among Ndigbo.

According to the organizers, “the identification, nurturing and amplification of innovation is one of the most important competitive advantages for nations, regions and peoples. The Ola Ndi Igbo Innovation Market Place seeks to initiate and strengthen the lifecycle of innovation within ingenious, creative and enterprising members of society. Innovation is everywhere but largely unseen.

Finalists will present their innovation to distinguished Igbos at the next Ola Ndi Igbo summit in Enugu in October 2015. Five winners will receive gift items. The best innovation will get cash reward of USD1000!

Deadline is September 10, 2015

Click HERE to apply.

Hurry! Clock’s ticking…

31 Comments

  1. nunulicious

    August 27, 2015 at 1:21 am

    My knee jerk reaction to this is dismay. Why would anyone deem it expedient to encourage tribalism and ethnicity in trade? Even though some may claim this is a differentiation and a matter of ethnic pride I dare say this is a counter productive measure for our nation, Nigeria.

    Do these Igbo businesses traders only sell to Igbo customers? or are the currencies they exchange only for people of the Igbo heritage? is the supply chain that underlie their business enterprise only located in the Igbo community? or run solely by Igbo tribesmen?
    I feel very affronted by this. How can they organise a competition delineating to a certain cadre of people based on ethnicity? In a multicultural and diverse nation such as ours, I have always viewed those that latch onto ethnicity and tribalism as basis of merit and inclusion with trepidation and fear. It is like a keg of gun powder waiting to explode. If you have any doubt, I beg you to take a look at the comment section in punch newspaper.

    With the internet and the evolving global village, boundaries are being blurred, and any microcosm that wants to stay relevant needs to balance the fine line between individuality and global acceptance. It is a shame that any media outlet would allow this feature on their website, our media is a very potent tool in uniting our nation where people should see themselves as Nigerians first and not as Yoruba, Ibo, Efik and Ibibio.
    But what do I know? I’m just an ordinary citizen.

    • nikky

      August 27, 2015 at 3:52 am

      An Igbo person or and should be allowed to be an Igbo person if they want to. Likewise they should be encouraged to contribute positively to their “community” If they want to without other people feeling threatened.

      In a county like Nigeria where everything western gets a pass mark, I don’t see why encouraging ethnic pride in a non prejudice manner should make you feel nothing other than pride.

    • Igbo and proud of this Initiative

      August 27, 2015 at 7:02 am

      Please, please, look for a thorny chair and sit tight on it!!! What is it about Igbos that gives you people high blood pressure?????

      One moment, you are throwing them into the lagoon, the next moment, you are saddened that they are celebrating their heritage and rewarding creative minds from their ethnic group.

      What Nigeria are you talking about??? Does Nigeria celebrate or reward creativity, hardwork, competition?? Of course, we know if this initiative was hosted by Nigeria, the usual suspects will attach That evil destroyer of Nigeria “.FEDERAL CHARACTER”.

      Please, I do not want to derail this post, so with that being said, take that thorny chair and place your dismayed and jealous buttocks on it!

      To the initiators of this program, may God bless you as you continue to encourage and reward creativity among Igbo youths. Your pockets will not run dry. Your event will be a huge success and the next one will even be better!

    • nunulicious

      August 28, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Dear Igbo and proud of this initiative,

      Your virulent and violent response makes me wary of responding to your comment. Nonetheless, remember YouWin? it was a pan-Nigeria competition.
      My point remains that using ethnicity and tribalism as a criteria in business or trade related activities cannot be a good idea. Never has been, never will be.
      In many ways, Nigeria is not a country but a fragmented collection of tribes striving for recognition. I am a proponent of initiatives that remind us of what unites us rather than what differentiates us. And yes, I am proud to be an ordinary citizen

      p.s: My response would have been the same for a Kanuri or Efik driven initiative.

    • nnenne

      August 28, 2015 at 5:13 am

      @ nunulicious…Is Nigeria more united than the USA?
      Yet they have the United negro fund, the Irish parades and scholarships, Latino pride, Jewish schools and scholarships.

      The organizers truly want to encourage creativity.
      Once you make it Nigerian, quota system will kill incentive and reward idiots who do not merit it.
      There’s nothing wrong in people sharing the same ideologies coming together to improve themselves.

    • nunulicious

      August 28, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      Exactly! For scholarships. schools and knowledge.
      NOT for trade or business!

  2. Ndidi

    August 27, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Please visit http://www.olandiigbo.net for more information. There is nothing tribalistic about this initiative. It simply encourages innovative ideas for promoting technology, media, entertainment, the arts and education in Igboland!

    • habibi

      August 27, 2015 at 8:56 am

      Just wondering Ndidi, If i grew up in the Igboland and all I know is the Igbo culture but my ancestry isn’t Igbo can I apply??? If your answer is No then it is tribalistic! Lets all stop deceiving ourselves about community development. If you wanted to do community development open it to everyone! If you wanted to develop your community restrict it the state of the competition and open it to everyone living in that state. That is community development! You want to develop Igboland yet you are opening your competition to Igbos in the Diaspora that you don’t even know whether they are ever going to move back home. SMH

    • iCrossMyHeart

      August 27, 2015 at 9:57 am

      Why is it that some Nigerians are daft for the sake of being daft, eh? African Americans that ave scholarships that cater to them, is that racist? Russians that have scholarships catered to them, is that racist? Scholarships that cater to Africans to study in the UK, is that continentalist?

      So a project to uplift the igbo, seeing as other Nigerians are not interested in the development of the Igbo considering the number of people your president has appointed in his cabinet, it is now tribalist. Is Buhari a tribalist?

      As an Igbo, if i grow up in the North, and I want to be governor of Kaduna, can I? Men, what am I saying, is it not Igbos that they are killing there like flies?

      SO STOP WITH THE IGNORANCE. I am a proud igbo before I am a Nigerian. Eat rocks if that affects you. Igbo is my ancestry. I was Igbo before Nigeria was created by the West for the West. To celebrate Igbo, wahala. Not to celebrate, also wahala.

    • ebuka

      August 27, 2015 at 11:53 am

      How yoruba or hausa have business in igbo answer

    • Patrick

      August 28, 2015 at 11:07 am

      @habibi You are clearly confused. If all you know is Igbo culture then you shouldn’t have a problem promoting the values of that culture. Your confusion is further compounded where you talk about opening community development to ALL. So how do you define COMMUNITY?

  3. Ada ada

    August 27, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Igbo, ndi oma ! Biko ka anyi werie business na level di egwu . Ntooo ndi obi ojoo , is there anything like igbo bride page? I have not come across it, mana ndi yoruba na edo nwere , ubochi ndi igbo nwere nke fa , obi afuba ha ufu .

  4. mabel

    August 27, 2015 at 8:30 am

    All these essay? For just a competition? You really need to see a doctor for this Fear you feel o and that’s a honest advice. Something you should just read and applaud and encourage other people to do the same? That way, our youths won’t lose their identity in a Nigeria where everything is being replaced by western ideas. How somebody will sit down and only see negatives in everything is just perplexing. All these’ i’m an ordinary citizen’ citizens sef, always the ones to see tribalism in everything. Na wa. See yourself as Nigerian first ko. So Igbos, Yorubas, Efiks, Ibibios etc that have been existing before the word Nigeria should be forgotten na. You try.

  5. Chigozie

    August 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Our government should start banning nonsense like this! We are still struggling to integrate ourselves some people are scheming on ways to remind us that we are not “ONE”
    Igbos will never fail to disappoint me. Even if you wanted to do something like this it should be done low-key.

    • iCrossMyHeart

      August 27, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Americans are one but they have celebrate other cultural identities. SO SHUT UP. And you are not CHIGOZIE, STOP!

      How is it you can have African-American, Spanish-American, Italian-American, Nigerian-American, but you cannot be Igbo-Nigerian. You are something short of a bag of beans.

      We are not one if we cannot proudly celebrate our cultural identity. You want to replace that with what? Nigerian identity? What is a Nigerian identity if not a culmination of all identities that exist within Nigeria?

    • nunulicious

      August 28, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      The difference though is these “African-American, Spanish-American, Italian-American, Nigerian-American” will identify themselves as American FIRST. They will typically associate with the minor identities if pushed and prodded and not voluntarily.
      I look forward to when we can be Nigerian first.

    • amaka

      August 27, 2015 at 11:18 am

      please chill and stop using an Igbo name to make your pointless point!
      We were “ndi igbo” before there was ever a ‘Nigeria” and we pray for peace in this country but even if Nigeria ever falls apart we will still be “ndi igbo”!
      we all know this! we accept it , we celebrate it.!
      any tribe reserves the right to do whatever we want as a group!
      As much right as my uncle has to organize meetings for his YORUBA FRIENDS only and my mum and her friends have to tie Igbo women association wrappers that identify themselves as a group of Igbo women in Public functions.
      Tribes exist! they can do whatever they please as a people, deal with it!

    • nunulicious

      August 28, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      I thought about the civil war and I guess its effect is still summed up in your phrase “If Nigeria ever falls apart…” While it is sad that our fathers, uncles and grandfathers were participants in that gruesome period, I am always taken aback when I hear teenagers and young adults speak of Nigeria breaking up and Biafra. Why allow previous generations fears become your reality or guide your thoughts and actions?

      Nigeria cannot and will not ever fall apart. Deal with it

    • ebuka

      August 27, 2015 at 11:57 am

      U are not igbo

    • Patrick

      August 28, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Your government should also ban Development Agenda for Western Nigeria and Northern Governors Forum and Northern Elders Forum and all Arewa Groups. Are you even a Nigeria? It is your type that applauded the ban of teaching of History in Nigeria schools. Animal!

    • Patrick

      August 28, 2015 at 11:00 am

      @Chigozie (obviously fake) Your government should also ban Development Agenda for Western Nigeria and Northern Governors Forum and Northern Elders Forum and all Arewa Groups. Are you even a Nigeria? It is your type that applauded the ban of teaching of History in Nigeria schools. Animal!

  6. Kandy

    August 27, 2015 at 9:44 am

    lol cash reward of 1000USD, how much is that in today’s economy? Is it crayfish business you are looking to start with all the innovation….
    Good luck to the contestants

    • Patrick

      August 28, 2015 at 10:50 am

      @Kandy. So someone sees what you are doing and encourages you with 1000USD and you say it is small? What kind of parents raised you? Where are your values?

  7. ebuka

    August 27, 2015 at 11:58 am

    By words change that nwanna

  8. NG

    August 27, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I knew it would come to this soon. Ndigbo will also try what seems to have worked for many of the ethnic groups in Nigeria- tribal cleavages. The loser? Nigeria!

    The south-west before this new taste of power(?) told us they needed to be better yorubas before thay can be better Nigerians. The Hausas know nothing of assimilation of culture, religion or language. It is the Igbo man that will adopt your name, culture etc and almost forget his own. This is one reason he can be found everywhere. Good thing though he never forgets his religion and the civil war thought him to build a house in his village in case of eventualities. Otherwise his ability to assimilate would have threatned his existence as a distinct thnic person.

    I grew up not fully knowing the story of the civil war. I did not start educating myself better until the very recent past on account of perception that something was amiss in the way the other groups related and responded to the Igbos and their issues. Take the evolving issue of perceived marginalisation in appointments by the Buhari regime. The rest of the country seems to be of the stance that the feeling of grievance by Ndigbo is a non-issue. And this position is at diverse levels of opinion- the tout, the mechanic, the minister, the governor etc etc. It is so bad that Gov Oshiomole was last sunday directing Ndigbo that corruption over 2nd Niger Bridbe was their issue to take up, not a national matter. He evn suffered amnesia in ascribing Delta state to the SE region by claiming the new NNPC MD is from the SE when the man is from Delta, although an Igbo. All these in attempt to belitle the feelings of injustice of a people.

    This is not a book, but let Nigerians know that the mistake of the early 60s is being repeated, and why not? The story of the civil war has been suppressed and so there have been no learnings from it. How then do we avoid making similar mistakes such as treating the feelings of injustice by a component of the nation as a non-issue?

    I shall definitely look at this offer with a view to making inputs on a way forward for my people- Ndigbo. Thank you Nigeria.

  9. NG

    August 27, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Just to BN: Either you provide a platform for meaningful discussions or you chicken out completely and we will understand to come here to see Lupita, Kim K and the likes. Other platorms exist you know and are growing too as avenues for good interractions and meaningful discussions on national issues

  10. Nuna

    August 27, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    I sincerely do not understand why some people are getting worked up over this. I am in a university where most of the Hausa students are being fully sponsored by programmes like this. I dont see anything wrong with it. It is a means of cultural identity and uplifting the tribe. Abi is it because this is related to Igbo people now? There are tons of such contests all over the country geared towards specific tribes, I dont see anybody saying rubbish about them. People will always find something to critisize when its related to Igbos. SMH!

  11. Dada

    August 27, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    I applaud this initiative. I wish we could replicate it for other ethnic groups! Nigeria desperately needs social innovation to move this country forward!

  12. Patrick

    August 28, 2015 at 8:54 am

    There is a certain narrative by some south westerners who are surrogates of the north that seeks to characterize the Igbo groups as fragmented never-do-wells. Positive and progressive initiatives as this is anathema to them. Well too bad! For their information a thousand more initiatives as this are coming.

    Physical and social infrastructure have been denied the South East on the basis of “federal character”. This has led to all manners of social vices. So the Igbos are taking their future into their hands and some people are whining.

    Similar organizations have existed for decades in all parts of Nigeria without raising eyebrows. So who is afraid of progress in the south east.

    I am sure that if Jonathan had made the kind of appointments that Buhari is making today, the Igbos would have been killed in the north!

    • nnenne

      August 29, 2015 at 2:08 am

      @Patrick…That’s for sure.
      I mean the killing.

  13. nonijaz

    August 29, 2015 at 12:25 am

    I really don’t see a reason why this initiative should be criticized.
    I served (NYSC) in Zamfara State, and you will be amazed at how many scholarships, grants, allowances,etc are given to indigenes, sometimes just to go to school, (even without innovation). It may seem unfair to outsiders, but its just a way of contributing to the community and fostering growth.
    If you really really have a problem with these, three things might help you:
    1. Go and start your own initiative, and do it the way you like.
    2. Denounce your ancestry and change to Igbo.
    3. Pretend to like it or suck it up!

    P.s.Yes! I am Igbo, but even if I weren’t I would say same.

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